Sunday, January 31, 2010

Guyan's Geyser

For Guyan's birthday, we had a small birthday party with Owen, and their/my cousins Lindsey and Nathan. We did the Harry Potter theme, with two classes...Herbology and Potions.

In Herbology, we transplanted Mandrakes (Venus Flytraps). Thank goodness they were mute (although the children, later in the sleepover, definitely were not).



In Potions, the students were given Levitation Pills (Mentos) that they needed to charm, and then use to levitate their pre-made potions. Hermione (Lindsey) tried first with her Sanguination Serum. Pretty impressive (and the photo timing wasn't so bad, either). You would expect nothing less from Hermione.




Next came Owen (Neville) with his Elixir de Fuego. Knowing that the photo timing would probably not be quite so good the next time, we switched to video. Good thing. Neville's performance was...what you'd expect from Neville.

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Next up, Ron (Nathan), with his Essence of Illumination. Apparently his Levitation Pills were not charmed correctly.

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And finally, Harry Potter (Guyan), with the Dark Arts Deflector Serum (of course). Hermione had lots of advice for him.

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Apparently he's been studying the Half Blood Prince's textbook again.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Snowshoe Adventurers

"Hey Owen! Come look at this....sit right here...."

I should have known. I totally should have known.

After fuming at Guyan for a few minutes, I finally let it slide and was ready for the snowshoe hike. We were gonna have FUN FAMILY TIME, darnit! Except that the boys were much happier sitting on the snow and making snowballs, eating snow, etc.
But as long as we sat still with the boys, we did get some good pictures.