Friday, June 13, 2008

J's Birthday

Yesterday was J's 11th birthday. I wrote in his card, "It's not every day that a young man turns eleven." -- Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone.

He started off his birthday with gluten-free blueberry pancakes and honey, and he opened his presents between batches. He enjoyed a General Grievous' Star Fighter (Lego), a Clone-Trooper Squadron (also Lego), a small Indiana Jones action figure set, and a bag of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. I don't want to know their plans for the vomit-flavored one, which, according to the kids, is *extremely* realistic.

Yesterday was also our last Class Day with Heritage Christian. I has one class meeting to give oral presentations on their MLA papers, so I wasn't able to go down to the "carnival" and help with the games as E did, or watch the boys play them. But the boys came back with paper lunch bags filled with candy and small toys, and J sported an armload of rubber bracelets of every color imaginable. Lunch was a pot luck affair, which the kids all loved.

After Class Day finished (somewhat of a downer for me with more papers to grade and giving out three failing grades on the MLA papers to my Intermediate Class -- definitely a first!), we drove to the mall to see the new Indiana Jones flick. What a great movie! Totally unbelievable in places, yes -- just like all the other filmns in the Indiana saga -- but great fun and loads of surprises. It was nearly as good as the first and third and rather better than the second. The flesh-eating ants were rather gross, though....

We came home to a quiet dinner of pizza and finished off with banana splits. J sang along with us as we serenaded him with the usual "Happy Birthday," pointing his thumbs in and singing "to me" instead of "to you," as you can see from the above photo. He spent the evening playing with his new Lego sets.

Today we're off to the zoo to finish celebrating his birthday and our final day of school for the year. Photos will be forthcoming....

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