Sunday, January 27, 2008

Downhill Racers

Max's birthday party was yesterday, and Oh, man, did we have a BLAST!

We went out to Green Acres for tubing and pizza (we'd gone out late last year for a fun day)

The place was SWAMPED with folks - everyone had the same idea - and we had a lot of kids in our group. I did not tube this time, I was doing more overseeing. Gerry shot some film - if it came out and I can edit it, I'll post it soon!

It was the BEST idea we ever had for a party. All I had to do was pick up the cake, send out the invites, drive a couple of kids there and back and sort of oversee - no mess at the house (and we invited siblings to come, too! It was a long drive out there for a family just for ONE kid!)

The day was perfect - warmish weather in the high 30's (California, stop laughing at us!) I cannot believe how we lucked out! Had this party happened last week, we would have been in trouble (it was 14 below - wind chill in the negative 30's!)

Hannah has had a lot of outdoor parties at amusement parks and zoos, but this was Max's FIRST outdoor party. How odd that we'd move to Minnesota and Max would finally get an outdoor party for his 10th birthday...

When it was time to sing "Happy Birthday" EVERYONE in the place
, maybe 150 people, sang out loud - and Max was GLOWING!

I was able to use the gift certificate I won at Max's school auction for an Izzy's cake (our bid was $16 and I added $7 to it to cover a larger cake - the cake would have cost $37! Zow!) So overall it was pretty economical, too!

It was so much fun for the WHOLE family and a great way to payback some of the kindness of local families who have watched the kids in a pinch for us this past year...

The best part was that one of the dads is an ER doc, so we felt covered in case of any mishap (there were none to speak off - few bumps, but nothing serious. Yay!)

At the party one of the moms pulled out her knitting, and I showed another mom the knit stitch (actually, refreshed, she knew how to do it...) It would be fun to start a knitting group for the local moms - we could meet after we put our kids on the bus!

Later yesterday a friend came over to sit for Hannah and Max (her kids were at the party, so it was an extended playdate) and Gerry and I escaped to the Blue State Ball for a few hours. Gerry and I got to meet Stephanie Miller and Al Franken - a big deal for us.

I met a woman who had the most AMAZING tatoos & piercings. When she gave me her card later I realized why - she's a piercing artist! (Yet another of the folks you probably wouldn't meet at the Birch Society...) We were very tired, though, so we came home around 9:30.

And we are in love with the beauty of Minneapolis at night...
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Blogger tara said...

Happy Birthday Max! (from one of your feb bday buddies Hale)... sounds like a lot of fun. Annie, I caught you by chance the other day on knitty gritty on an old episode w/ a sling back chair. It was fun to "see" you as it has been quite awhile. I'm knitting my second felted bag now - enjoying having a good project that allows me to still chit-chat while Hale is at swim team. Take care, Tara

January 27, 2008 4:28 PM  
Blogger Kathleen C. said...

Oh wow! 150 people singing Happy Birthday... what a wonderful thing! Sounds like a great day and a very happpy birthday.

January 27, 2008 4:32 PM  
Anonymous anne marie in philly said...

happy birthday, max!

I have never had 150 people ever sing for me - makes you a VERY special person indeed!

kewl meeting al franken; we need more people like him in this country.

January 27, 2008 4:50 PM  
OpenID kmkat said...

I'd vote for Al Franken in a heartbeat... if I still lived in MN. You'll just have to do it for me :) HB to Max!

January 27, 2008 9:14 PM  
Blogger B said...

wow, and I think low 50s is COLD! Happy to live in California :)

January 28, 2008 12:11 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Hearing 150 people singing HB - what a rush! :)

This household loves Stephanie Miller and Al Franken too.

January 28, 2008 5:21 AM  
Anonymous missmoxie said...

Sounds wonderful!! Happy Birthday Max!!

January 28, 2008 8:46 AM  
Blogger wyldthang said...

Hi Annie! regarding the asthma, you might want to read Dr. Andrew Weil's book on asthma(sorry I don't have the exact title), it has a more "natural" take on dealing with asthma(in other words working with how your lungs were made to work, and he does say take your meds, the goal is to reduce your use of them). I have always had hay fever and a few real bad ashtma bouts growing up(hay rides!), but it got real bad all the time after having kids. Dr Weil gives some breathing exercises which have helped me, as well as the idea of exercising your lungs breathing deeply(there is a process)--the theory being that when a person has asthma they worsen it by 'scrunching up" being afraid to breathe, the lungs never expand and naturally just stiffen up. You can stretch your lungs and help them be flexible and more efficient at processing O2 by breathing deeply. This made sense to me because through high school and college I played wind instruments every day for 1-3 hours, that's a lot of controlled, deep breathing. ANyways, I had no asthma problems during that time, but the asthma came when I quit playing. I worked up to doing cardio at a higher (80%) heart rate, and can breathe deeply in the cold winter air which used to seize me up terribly. So now I just get wheezy when I knit with Montera(llama content). I also used to be real sickly during the winter with bronchitis, and that's cleared up too. Anyways, it does take slow working up to get the lungs healthy, but just wanted to share that it "worked" for me.

Ha, that's my testimony!! I really hope you're feeling better!

January 30, 2008 6:16 PM  
Blogger ltbpt said...

"It would be fun to start a knitting group for the local moms"-do these women know how lucky they are?!!! Jealous.
I am a reformed LYS lurker who recently converted to a knitting addiction. I love your designs and hope to knit one when I grow up.
I am also a PT who is curious as to how Gerry's rehab is going? Hang in there.

January 31, 2008 4:18 PM  

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