Falling out of Summer

Since we had a summer solstice party, of course we had to mark the vernal equinox. Saturday evening we had a big ole bash with 55 teens aged 12-15. Though we were hoping for summery weather, we ended up with black clouds hovering, and had to do some quick changes to the agenda. Luckily, it hadn’t begun raining when everyone came, so we started out by playing Human Foosball in the backyard:

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We used three balls at once and lots of “fetchers” to retrieve stray balls as they were kicked everywhere. The rules were that players could only move laterally along the lines (as in table foosball), and each team managed several goals with minimal fudging.  During a wild round of Capture the Flag, it began to rain, so we moved into the garage to watch the Tim Conway/Don Knotts whodunit spoof, Private Eyes.  Originally, we were going to use J’s work projector to  project the movie on an outside wall and sit in the grass, but as a storm threatened, J worked up a PVC frame for a king-sized white sheet so that we could move the film into the garage.  We did a last-minute round of calls for kids to bring camp chairs, and set up with lots of soda and snacks and hot chocolate and popcorn for some great laughs.  If you haven’t seen Private Eyes, you are really missing out–it’s the Conway/Knotts team at its crazy best, and I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like it.  I promise you will laugh!  It turned out really well because as Inspector Winship and Doctor Tart investigated murders in the spooky Morley mansion, thunder clapped outside the garage.

It was still  wet after the movie, so we tried a round of indoor hide-and-seek.  The kids were too hyper to last long with that, so they chose to brave the slick grass for some in-the-dark Capture the Flag wearing their party favors, which were glow-bracelets:

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After that, they were ready to do some dancing. N had downloaded several fun songs, but the best response was to the Cha-Cha Slide:

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I loved how the kids were so un-selfconscious and really had fun with the dancing and with each other. Toward the end of the evening, two boys even agreed to a breakdancing dance-off:

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We had prizes and more dancing until parents came to fetch their kids at 11. Goodbye, Summer; welcome to Autumn!

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5 Comments

  1. Kasey said,

    September 25, 2007 at 7:35 am

    Nikki, thank you for throwing such a wonderful party for the kids. They had so much!

  2. Holly said,

    September 26, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    What a neat thing to do. It looks like it was a lot of fun.

  3. Mark IV said,

    September 27, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    Q. How often do I get the chance to act like an annoying pedant and correct somebody with a graduate degree in English?
    A. Not very darn often.

    Conclusion: I better take the chance, because it may never come again.

    Idahospud, I think you mean the autumnal, rather than the vernal, equinox, unless Idaho has recently been transplanted to the southern hemisphere and nobody told me about it. But whatever, that party looks like a blast. Kids in your ward and neighborhood are lucky. What cool parents!

  4. idahospud said,

    September 27, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Mark, you are correct. And as a form of self-punishment, I’m going to leave it as it stands so more people can feel smug, heh heh.

    See why I had to stop homeschooling? I’m losin’ it, dude.

  5. Krystal said,

    April 3, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Ah, the memories. Hate my hair in those pics.

    Love your blog, By the way. I read the ENTIRE THING. All the way from the beginning. 🙂


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