One of our very first blog posts was about our friends Ethan and Andrew when they came over to visit.
You may remember that on their last visit we built a compost bin...
Made from-scratch tomato soup.
Made chocolate shakes.
Looked at toy catalogs.
Went to a 4D movie.
Played miniature golf.
Played on starfall.com.
And played in our backyard.
Well, their mother, Diana, is a museum curator, and had a business trip in California today.
And their father, Joseph, who runs a division of Middleberry Ineteractive (K-12.com) had some important meetings to attend. So, we were the lucky ones that got to watch Ethan and Andrew for the day. Yipee! Time for a new adventure.
We started off the day by walking Lily to summer school.
Of course we had to stop and look at the ants on the way.
Once we got back to the house, the boys played with Lincoln Logs.
Took turns playing on the iPad (Angry Birds and Tiny Wings were the favorite games.)
Then we found out that Ethan has a birthday in a few days. Oh my gosh! We can't not have a party, if his birthday is in a few days. (That was a double negative, in case you didn't notice. So that means we CAN have a party. Yay!)
We started baking Ethan's birthday cake.
They boys watched Pink Panther while I got the cake into the oven.
Then we went to pick up Lily from school. I had a surprise to tell them. We were going to the Creamery for ice cream.
Horay for ice cream. (Andrew was not that excited though. He wanted a dinosaur, not ice cream. He got over it though.)
We got to the creamery and the kids started making their selections.
NOTE: See the lady in this photo? If you ever see her in a line, don't stand behind her. She is one of those controlling, demanding, annoying customers that you don't want in front of you. (Hope you don't know her.)
Anyway, The Creamery was jam-packed...
So, we went outside to eat.
When we got home, the kids ate lunch. We had my famous spaghetti (infused with carrots and celery to pump some nutrition into those kids.)
Well, actually, Andrew did not like my spaghetti, so I made him a peanut butter sandwich. (Only peanut butter. No jam. No honey. Just peanut butter.)
After lunch, the kids played in the sprinkler, while I blew up balloons and wrapped presents to prepare for Ethan's birthday party.
Our neighbor, Thatcher, joined us for the sprinkler fun, so we invited him to the birthday party. (Here he is showing us how he can lift these weights with just his pinky fingers. )
Then the party began. We started by playing games. Here is Thatch playing Balloon Pop.
The next game we played was Bubble Wrap. We rolled out bubble wrap around the living room, and the kids circled the living room while running and popping it.
Next Ethan opened his presents. He got a new beach towel, book, Jelly Bellys, and Play Doh.
Next Ethan blew out his candles, so we could eat the cake.
(In this photo, Thatcher is explaining that making a wish before you blow out your candles doesn't really work. He knows. He has been doing it for seven years with no results.)
After the party, we went on a butterfly hunt.
The butterflies kept evading us, though. Here the boys are chasing one across a parking lot.
The butterfly hunt was very tiring. We had to go home and eat Otter Pops.
Then the boys just played in the backyard until Joseph came to pick up Ethan and Andrew.
NOTE: Since I dropped my camera in the pool, my iPad is the only thing I have to take photos with. So,I am not to blame for the poor photo quality. Steve Jobs is. He needs to get better cameras on the iPad. We even have an iPad2 and get crap quality. Just sayin'.