*Old-people-parenting jibber-jabber alert*

Last Saturday was Zach’s party.  The going rate for an 8-year-old’s party at Chuck-E-Cheese, Build-A-Bear, Cosmic Bowling, or any of those other lame-o places is $150-$200.  No “plastic memories” party this year!  I kept the same bloated budget, but went old school – a house party featuring a decathlon of crack-headed games.  Lordy!  Some examples:  2 teams, 3 boys on each team…each team has a roll of string attached to a spoon.  Ready, set, go!  1st kid drops the spoon down his shirt, then passes the spoon to the next kid.  2nd, and 3rd kid do likewise, then back around to the 1st kid.  Twice around, and they’re hopelessly knotted together.  1st team to untangle wins.  Here’s another:  I took $15 worth of change and spread it over the patio.  Ready, set, git them pennies! 

At the end of the party, the point leader got 1st pick of the prizes.  2nd place got 2nd pick, etc.  The prizes?  Expensive junk!  $8-$35 toys!  Most kids brought home better more expensive prizes than they had brought!  Beat that!

In other “news”, the weather outside is frightful.  Zach and I have moved our hockey indoors:  (Photo by Asia)