wayfaringwordhack: (Sprout: !!!)
As you can guess from the subject line, Sprout is still crazy in love with dinosaurs (at this time in her young life she says she'll be a paleontologist when she grows up), so dinosaur fun it was.

A peek at the preparations and some party photos.

I made my first ever pinata, a triceratops that I failed to get a picture of before it was smashed to pieces. Huge Fail. Especially since it was finished days before the party. Have some production shots:

My mil tactfully said, "That's not a dinosaur. It's a rhinoceros." And then wisely--since she'll be the first to tell you she isn't really "up" on her animals, much less dinosaurs--added, "Or maybe not." LOL

OK, I lied. I pulled a stillshot of the finished pinata from the video of the kids smashing it, but it was filmed at night and doesn't do it justice. If I do say so myself.

Out of salt dough, I made four dinosaur skeletons, one for each team of mini paleontologists to race to assemble. Here is part of the pterandon, drying:

Each dino had 45-50 "bones"  and measured one meter long. That's a lot of salt dough. I assembled and photographed them so the kids would have a "cheat sheet."  I had to use it myself to double-check the spinosaurus.

I would have loved to have the kids excavate the "fossils" and then put them together, but a) we don't have the room in our yard, and b) I didn't think the fossils would survive that. :P

Since this wasn't a surprise party, Sprout and Junebug got in on the decorations:

I got the idea for this cool banner off Pinterest:

Instead of cutting out each letter, I drafted the whole on three large sheets of paper, which I taped together.

I made dino eggs out of salt dough and coffee grounds with a small (not as little as I wanted, actually) dinosaur figurine inside. I was going to make one for each kid, but Egypt is not the US where one can find any little trinket one wants, not even in the Egyptian Toys-R-Us. So the eggs, which looked very much like rocks, doubled as decor, holding up an ostrich egg as a centerpiece. You can barely see them in the photo above, but I'll post another. There where just enough eggs that I could give them out to the members of the winning team in the Great Dino Games. But we played those after snacks, which were:

Herbivore Munchies, Cretaceaous Chips, (GF) Carnivore Chicken Bites, (GF) Pterosaur Tuna, Dino Tails (baby corn), dinosaur eggs, dino DNA, Fruitivore salad, Marshosaurus Molars (large and small marshmallows; I was pretty chuffed to find a dinosaur called Marshosaurus); dinosaur fossils (huge pain in the butt; will never make again), dino print cookies, and prehistoric popcorn.

I jazzed up some free food tent printouts with free clipart.

After snacks, the kids divided up into their herds: Triceratops, Stegosauruses, Spinosauruses, and Pteranodons.

Then they played Dino Stomp, which consisted of a timed race to pop all the balloons tied to J's ankles and wrists while he did his best to escape them. Next was Pterosaur fishing, at which the Pteranodon team exceled, clenching their victory of the games since they were able to catch the "special" fish, worth ten points. :P Then came the fossil puzzles, and finally the naked egg spoon race. That didn't last long, as you can imagine with small children, but it was OK because it was getting late and time for cake.


See how narrow our yard is:


I was all over the place with the party and didn't take any of the photos. So my absolute biggest fail was not getting a photo of the cake. It was a volcano, four layers high to get the cone shape. It had both chocolate and red velvet layers and was covered in icing, then ganache, and drizzled with red and yellow icing to simulate lava flows. It was a pinata cake; the top three layers were hollowed out to make the volcano chimney and filled with candy. It had fake palm trees and sparklers, and it was pretty awesome, even if prior to being decorated it it looked like a steaming pile of dino poo. LOL

Again I tried to pull photos from the video, but yeah...just not the same.

Happy Birthday, Sprout.
wayfaringwordhack: (art - pondering)
Or shall we just call it, "The State of Things." Forgive me, LJ, for it has been awhile since my last post.

I've never tried to put a cut under a cut, so be warned that when I say something vile happened, there should be an additional cut there to keep it out of public view unless you want to read it. If there is not a cut, don't read on, there's nothing more to see. :)

In which you can read about the State of Things )Vile Thing )

Anyhow. Did not mean to end on a tirade.SaveSaveSaveSave


1 Nov 2015 05:24 pm
wayfaringwordhack: (Sprout: !!!)
Last week, we celebrated Sprout's fifth birthday. All parents say this, but, Wow. Where did the time go?  A little update on the not-so-little Miss:

Read more... )

All in all, she continues to be a real live wire...
wayfaringwordhack: (art - pondering)

...I shall put one up tomorrow. Perhaps. If I find the time.

We had a lovely time at Anafora for my birthday*, but I've been doing scads of laundry and cooking since we got back and have had no time to prepare an accounting of my week, creativity-wise.

If you feel like it, you can check in and let me know how *your* creative week went. :D


* Thanks to those of you who sent me birthday wishes. I will respond more personally after we get settled back in.

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To paraphrase from The Princess Bride, There is too much; I'll sum up...about our trip to Oklahoma, that is.

For three weeks:

We rested, following the sun's rhythms pretty closely, not bothered at all by the yapping of coyotes, which is so much more melodious as it rolls down hills and creeks, echoing off oaks than is the barking and snarling of the wild dogs that run the concrete labyrinth of this city.


(the photos are clickable)

Rest of the trip, this way... )


* Has anyone else been in proximity to an armadillo? There was one funky smell in its wake, and we don't know if it was the creature itself or something it had come in contact with. It smelled like skunk and wild garlic/onions.
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For J's birthday this year, I decided to paint him a portrait of Sprout in all her wild shapeshifting* glory. Only I decided this the 23rd, and his bday was the 24th.  Enter watercolors, not, as you all know, a medium I'm extremely comfortable with, but hey, one must admit that you can work quickly with them.

I'm even happy with the result, and more importantly, so is J. It's a win all around.

la sauvageonne
La Sauvageonne** (click for a link to a zoom-able image)
* This is still one of her favorite pastimes. She made me laugh the morning she woke up and said, right off the bat, "Good morning, Mama Stegosaurus." Sadly that was the day of J's birthday, or else I would have added some dinosaur bits to the portrait. She's played dinosaurs before but only generically. I guess the alligator arm that you can barely glimpse behind the feathers on the right will have to do.

** La sauvageonne means "wild child"
wayfaringwordhack: (critters: chameleon - goofy)
By exactly one month. 

One month ago today, I celebrated my birthday. In Denmark. With my dear sickpea, [livejournal.com profile] frigg. Here is our Denmark trip in photos and a little video featuring a charming Danish birthday tradition.

Jelling Stones, rose bushes with enormous rosehips lining the roads, very cool Danish cemeteries, enough hay bales to make any Impressionist painter swoon, and churches with model ships hanging from the ceilings, these are a few of the things we saw...

denmark collage

as well as the impressive sand sculptures in Søndervig.

sand sculptures

We really enjoyed our time with [livejournal.com profile] frigg and C.

And my birthday was definitely one of the highlights!
The kagemand...me, if I were a cake. :D

But if ever you celebrate your birthday with [livejournal.com profile] frigg, be warned: She has a big knife!

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Two weekends ago, as I mentioned before, S and I drove to my bro- and sis-in-law's for a visit and to celebrate my m-i-l's birthday.  I made her a succulent wreath and Gramercy Tavern's Gingerbread Cake. (I love this cake.  Love, love, love it with extra ginger. Sadly, it isn't J's favorite.) This past weekend, we took S to Spain as planned, and we had a great time. I think she did, too.

Pics behind the cut )

The weather was really on our side.  With people swimming and sunbathing, it was hard to believe November is only a week away.

Then, Monday, it was J's birthday, and we headed south again, this time stopping in Basque Country* on the French side of the border.  The weather was wet and blustery, though, so we didn't spend time outdoors, exploring, as I had planned.  Instead, we ate lunch in Espelette, where eponymous chilis festoon white, white houses with pepper-red or Basque-green shutters. We then visited Edmond Rostand's mansion, now-museum, where his works, notably Cyrano de Bergerac, and life are featured.  Photography is not allowed indoors, but you can visit the site here to see a little of the interior. 

* This being the area of France J would like to settle in on that distant day when we shall decide to put down roots.
wayfaringwordhack: (footprint in the sand)
 Today is [livejournal.com profile] sartorias ' birthday.  She's doing something neat on her blog; she's inviting people to help her celebrate by sharing beautiful/inspiring things.  So, I'm putting up some prison graffiti photos from our trip to Loches that I didn't use the other day because she mentioned liking such stuff.

big photos (the better to see the writing) )
Go wish her a happy birthday, too, if you haven't done so, and while you're there, take time to read through the comments and check out people's photos, links, and poems. There is some good stuff to be enjoyed...and some weird, like funky crochet exhibits. o.O
wayfaringwordhack: (coquelicot)
 Don't guess I need to apologize about being quiet, but just wanted to say that I'm still here. Still nesting and trying to get ready for the baby (35 wks along now).  Thanks for the birthday wishes. J and I had a good weekend together. :)

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15 Nov 2009 11:54 am
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 Hello, all.

Julien and I have complete the "tourism" part of our USA visit and are now visitng with my family.  Because my grandmother does not have the Internet (we had to drive 7 miles to find a motel with wi-fi we could bum off), so I'll be silent for the next week or so.  I'll try to find the time to write up a post about our last few days and will put it up when the next net opportunity presents itself.

Hope you are all well and...

HAPPY BIRHTDAY[livejournal.com profile] kmkibble75!!!
wayfaringwordhack: (passionfruit)

My birthday started off on a great note: Julien wishing me birthday as soon as I woke up and then going down to fix breakfast for me. After I ate and opened my presents, Julien, Madame la Maman, and I went to Minerve, a village in the, wait for it, Minervois. The area is rather arid, more Mediterranean than the northern side of the Black Mountains where Madame la Maman lives, and is known for some good wine. We stopped to take a photo of the village:

Peek here for the pretties )

All in all, a very good day, and we have a full fruit basket to show for it. :D

wayfaringwordhack: (I heart you)
 for the birthday wishes. I had a fantabulous day. I'll do a picture/write up post tomorrow. For now, I must get some shut eye. Apparently old people tire easily.

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to [livejournal.com profile] pjthompson !  Don't forget to make me jealous with your culinary delights. I look forward to it every September. :D

wayfaringwordhack: (gecko)
So, a little less than a week ago, I added another year to my count.  I'm creeping on up there, let me tell ya.  Julien  "kidnapped" me Wednesday night--yes, the same day as my seasick episode. :-/ but I was feeling better after a siesta--and took me to a bed and breakfast on Grande Terre.  

Suppers at the Gîte du Mont Combani are convivial affairs, and the guests all eat together at the same table. We started with papaya soup, followed by rougail saucisse (sadly for the restaurant experience, Julien's is *much* better) with gratin au betsaï (kind of like Chinese cabbage). The gratin was good.  We had a banana dessert that I don't know the name of. :P All in all, aside from the delicious breakfast breads and homemade jams, the food was not up to par. However the bungalows were charming and the grounds were beautifully landscaped, giving me the opportunity to...yeah, you guessed it...turn my birthday into a photo safari.  Because I have quite a few pics to share, I'm going to break the posts up by subject.

snip, snip )Come back to see the bats and lemurs and...well, lots of other things. :D
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[profile] mindseas

I hope your day is filled with goodness and light and beautiful moments with friends and family.
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[profile] footlingagain!

I hope the day is a happy one and that you enjoy it to its fullest.

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Go say "Happy Birthday" to

[personal profile] frigg. Even the evil pea deserves to have her birth celebrated. :D



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