Speaking of Bean Bag Toss …

The party was a great success. Whew! All the kids had a good time and Son No. 1 really enjoyed the time with his friends.

Just what do you do with a group of eleven- and twelve-year olds? They are at that awkward age where kiddie games are too ‘babyish’ , yet you need to fill the time with something. The gang played soccer for quite awhile. Then we took a break and hit the cooler. Bottled water and lemonade were the two popular choices.

Then it was on to the bean bag toss. Nothing special, but the wife and I felt that it would be a good game to wind down before the pizza arrived. And…it gave the kids a chance to work in teams.

All it takes is a bucket and eight bean bags. I made them up the day of the party and they worked out really well. Here’s a picture:

[Bean bag game toss equipment]

The bean bags were made from some ‘flame’ fabric from the stash. I cut eight pieces 10″ x 5-1’2″. I folded them in half and sewed up the three open sides (but left an opening for the beans). I used a 1/4″ seam. Each bag has approximately 3/4’s of a cup of dry Northern beans. After they are filled, I sewed the opening shut using the sewing machine (no need for hand-sewing — there’s plenty of room for the presser foot.) We already had the galvanized bucket, so the total cost of the game was the cost of the beans — about $3.50. Not bad!

Fabulous Friday — Gearing Up For the Parties


Woo Hoo….it’s Friday! Go do the happy dance and then come back for more.

[Everyone stands up and does the happy dance.]

Okay, welcome back. Yes, it’s the start of another weekend. And it’s gonna be a busy one. My oldest son is having a birthday party on Saturday evening. His official birthday is May 1st so, yes, that makes him a “May Day” baby. He’s invited seven or eight classmates to share in the celebration. There will be food, fun, and (crossing my fingers for good weather) frolicking in the backyard amongst soccer balls, bean bag toss games and other pre-teen-appropriate activities. Assuming I make it through the ordeal, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Then, on Sunday, it’s the official “family birthday party”. More food, fun and outdoor activities. One of his favorite foods is sloppy joe sandwiches. So that’s what we’re having (along with some homemade macaroni and cheese, and other party food). I’m hoping for a sunny day on Sunday too.

Wow. Twelve years old. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12. Where has the time gone? It’s crazy. Okay, I’m going to stop now before I get all weepy and stuff.

Have a Happy Friday!

Thankful Thursday

And yes, it’s been a rainy, windy kind of week so far, but I’m okay with that. I see all the nasty weather that ripped through other areas of the country and I’m thankful that my family is safe.

I’m also very thankful that my two boys are good students. The oldest will be going into middle school next year — that’s a big step (for him and his parents!). He just received an invitation to a recognition banquet. He has maintained a very high grade-point average all year and will be given a certificate for Academic Excellence. Woo Hoo!!!

My little guy just received the April Citizenship Award for his class. He is a very well-mannered six year old and helps out in the classroom. And for a red-head, that is a major accomplishment. (I’m kidding. Not about the red hair, but … you know what I mean.) Keep up the good work, buddy! You’re on the right track. Mom and Dad are very proud of you!

I’m also thankful for a wonderful blogging community. It continues to amaze me that so many people have such wonderful skills. Design skills. Sewing skills. Knitting and crocheting skills. And writing skills. It brightens my day to log on and catch up with all of you.

I appreciate the time you spend here.

Wow…another week almost over. Have a good one.

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