The highlight was of course the engineering project, building upon the foundation from last year. We improved upon the in-river "jacuzzi" to include a leveled top that accommodated not one but TWO fires to keep us warm and happy for after-dark swimming and marshmallow roasting.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Had our now annual camping trip at the New River Junction in McCoy, setting up in the "River Room" right along the bank. The Martins, Ifjus, Cooleys, Cranwells gathered to show the next generation how to have a good time. Jake and Columbu joined us Saturday afternoon, and Trixie made a brief showing Saturday morning.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Spencer wrapped up a four week Act and React camp in which a group of about 20 kids and the third-grade teacher wrote a 75 minute play (48 pages) complete with three original songs, sets, and costumers. Spencer plays Professor Taco Butler on Taco Island. He is quite the creative and confident actor, we were impressed!! He also had a short cello solo in which he put the cast to "sleep" with a slow soothing version of the Mexican Hat Dance. I can't do the plot justice, but the map below, which served as a program, should hint at the complexities of it all!
The Golden Taco
a.k.a. The Butlers vs the Flight Attendants
a.k.a. The Great Banana War
Spencer is a key actor in the final scene that ties all (OK, a few) of the loose ends together.
Spencer worked on the backdrop on the right that includes the scene from his laboratory. We ended up buying the canvas for $30 and it is proudly displayed in our basement!
Here is the song that Spencer had a bit of a duet performance in with his friend Levi (James Blonde).
Down, DownDown, down, all you flight attendantsDown, down, down. We are very confidentWe'll get the golden taco before youBoo, hoo, hoo, hooYou don't seem to understand the situationWhen we find the gold we'll send you on vacationDown, down, down,We'll find the gold before you doBoo, hoo, hoo, hooDown, down, all you flight attendantsWhen we get the goldDon't be too expectantWe won't share, so why don't you just go homeHo, ho, ho, homeEvery butler type'sA talker and a strutterWe will melt you down likeLittle chunks of butterDown, down, down.You know you're going down, down!