Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Fun Week - H's B-day, First Lemonade & Brownies, Snowbird

I can't believe I have a six year old! We had a very mellow birthday. Andy made yummy waffles with blueberries, per H's request for breakfast. The boys and I hit Costco (yeah, really fun), well, they got their own huge "ice cream" (frozen yogurt) and we went bike shopping (for them,can you believe it wasn't even for me, I glanced, trying to look as much as I could, but truly, it was for them). Which brings us to the next event. So Sunday night we were on a summer walk/ride with the Taylors and AK picks up H's bike, he had been riding seconds before, and the front wheel falls off! The "ifs" flew through our head, especially since we had a fresh memory of darling friend 4 year old H Taylor having her foot run over by a Subaru in McD's parking lot (the "ifs" of the car being bigger, not stopping, etc. are terrifying) happening the day before. Although rushed to Primary's, miraculously nothing was broken/injured and she was riding along with us on Sunday evening, a day later, fine as can be. So that was it for me. I have been bugging AK to allow me to buy H a bigger, tougher, better bike, mostly for our fun Park City bike rides, etc. Thus we went shopping for one, on H's b-day, the day after the $35 Target bike wheel fell off (it really was great, for a year!). So we fell in love with a few bikes, had them adjusted, took a spin on them, and go home. At home, I talked to H about how expensive the bike is and I suggested we do a lemonade sale to make some money to go towards it. Long story short, we held a publicized (the most adorable flyers, written and designed by H and moi and delivered from 9-10:15PM by Owen), 'Lemonade and Brownie' sale. I set a goal for $50, steep I know, but the Bunch and Harrison gang had just had a successful sale of the same and I knew we could do it (competitive much?). So the next morning, Pioneer Day, we had sourdough breakfast with some neighbors and immediately after cleaning up (AK wouldn't let me think of starting until then) I made from scratch, 8 batches of brownies (4 big pans). I got some ice and lemonade mix and the kids did WORK! It was awesome and fun and the best to see the kids holding up signs at then end of our streets and yelling at cars, and passersby, and our neighborhood unicycler marketing the sale. The flyers were a hit and I think 90% of the people we selectively marketed and a few randoms that Owen insisted on dropping off, came and supported the boys' bake sale. When Owen had crashed at nap time and we were tiring out, H and Jennifer took the wagon and did 'Traveling Lemonade and Brownie Sale' around the block. H went up to every door all by himself. He will always remember which house and lady who said 'No' (since he's mentioned it 3 times and pointed out the house to me twice! And I am still a little upset at some neighbors who will remain nameless but happen to have very noisy dogs, I mean dog, that just stared at us, and I mean literally watched from their porch, all 4 of them, while all the others, even the reclusive neighbors made their way over! whatever!). I think next time, they should start off that way and just go door to door, they rocked it, but just didn't have the energy or lemonade to go further. We only had a few extra brownies, thank goodness, enough for the Pioneer Day BBQ (yummy AK's Santa Maria - Cooks Illus. tri-tip, bread, and baked beans, and my corn and salad, cheesecake, brownies, and AK's homemade berry ice cream. With additional change from some piggy banks, we made our $50 target, giving the boys $25 each! Today, we found a great, tough, and more reasonably priced bike from the original bike shop (we went to 5 others since Monday!). The service was the best, which is saying very little about the service at all of the bike shops!!! So H's family BBQ with the Creer's and Dori was fun. I am too tired to get the camera cord, but we have some great pics from the week. Of course I have Harry Potter, got it the first day at Frost's books and cried in the store (about the emtpy boxes of books, the whole phenomenon coming to an end, the fact that their were so many people in this tiny, Mom & Pop store because of this event, and I just had a weepy, but good weepy weekend. Yeah, I am still on page 35. I haven't been able to do much and I thought I would rest more today, but haven't yet. I insisted on joining AK and the boys for H's birthday fun at Snowbird, which was fun, but got rained out at about 6:30, which actually got us fed and home on good time. I love it up there. I cannot wait for this winter and to get my season's pass (I think I am going for the unlimited weekday pass - oh this is foregoing obtaining a new mtn bike this year, see I am giving something up, hee hee!). On the mtn bike thing, my 13 year old Marin still rocks, and the trails haven't changed, so why would I need suspension now? I am sort of kidding because my bum is gonna feel it, but for maybe a once a week ride, I'll deal. Any takers on a weekday morning babysit trade for P? (O & H will be in school!)

5 comments:

Rachel said...

Stop it, seriously. This was a great post and made me smile, laugh, almost cry...I was sad about HP too. I almost did a party at midnight, but just couldn't after 7am at Nords. Too much in one day. I am on 150 and trying to grab each minute I can. It is tough!

And I LOVE the lemonade sale story. So cute! And poopoo on the lame neighbors.

Trevlyn said...

Awesome post! I was borderline weepy tooooooo just reading! Can't wait to see the pictures. Unicycler!?! What a great even! I'm surprised it didn't make the news in Arizona!

MarySue said...

Just drop PJ off anytime and I'll be more than happy to tend with love and kisses...sorry I'm such a long drive - Ski Arizona anyone.

Mandy said...

Great Lemonade story. I bet H & O had a great time in doing it. What a great learning tool A. Your a wonderful mother. Tell Chuckles he needs to give me some new stuff on his blog. LOL just kidding I know that he is very busy. Love you guys and take care.

Caitlin said...

you are such a cute mom! What great life lessons for O&H to learn! I still remember having lemonade sales as a kid and being so excited about anyone who could come buy a glass! Especially when they let you keep the change! It was fun running into you at good old Albertson's! PJ is adorable!