Frogs and Bears at the Eiffel Tower: Season 4 Premiere of Arts at the Aviary

 

Seriously? This is the fourth year? Wow.  For those who are unaware, we Birds have tried to regularly open our house for our artsy friends to come visit, chat, share music, vent, support, play improv games, and so forth.  My work responsibilities last year prevented us from gathering very much, and we have missed it.

It was really fun to get back together on Sunday for a pretty typical gathering.  By “typical” I mean (1) the Smiths were there, and (2) someone new was there.  The Smiths have been loyal guests and have become such great friends throughout the time.  Also, I think someone new has been at nearly every meeting.  It’s fantastic.

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Puerto Rican black beans and rice, with lots of toppings.  A staple festive company meal at our place. (side note: Beth – with the scarf – started her music therapy internship today! Glad that another soul is joining the force now that I am officially no longer a music therapist. The world needs more of you!)

Our inspiration for the next phase of the evening came from this book.

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Our warm up activity was a game in which the leader calls out the name of an object, then counts down from 10.  In that time the rest of us collaborate to somehow make the shape of that object with our bodies.  Sort of.  We all had contributed the object ideas on slips of paper beforehand, so we all were responsible for what we had to do.

Can you guess what they are??

Rosebush - angle 1

Rose bush – angle 1

It was suggested that the children were the thorns, but Little V down there definitely has the flower thing going on.

Rose bush - angle 2

Rose bush – angle 2

A house

A house – with a mini house inside of it

A bridge

A bridge

I had no idea the girls would turn out to be so useful.

An airplane

An airplane

The airplane was way harder than we thought it would be.  We were at a loss, but with 2 seconds left, Aubie saved the day singlehandedly…er….double-wingedly.

A tank

A tank

I’m going to go with the claim that this one is hard to see only because of the angle of the picture.  We totally had it.

A frog

A frog

…with two heads, I might add. We’re rocking those legs, though, aren’t we?

Double helix

Double helix

Thanks for that one, Ryan. 🙂  It was so cute watching the girls try to figure out and copy what we were doing with our arms.

A swing

A swing

Little P was doing some serious swing action for this one.

A giraffe

A giraffe

Don’t tell me you don’t see this one.  The giraffe is hunger, eating leaves from the tree. Fashionable as always, Elisabeth conveniently provided the appropriate coloring.  And the tail.

A train

A train

Someone did not get the “all aboard” memo.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Yes. Taj Mahal. Complete with a kid splashing in the reflecting pool.

A grizzly bear

A grizzly bear

With Aubie tucked in there to fill out the body, it looks like a pregnant grizzly bear. A very moody pregnant grizzly bear.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

And the final – and my favorite…

A very sweetly flavored ice cream cone!

A very sweetly flavored ice cream cone!

Speaking of sweet, dessert was involved, thanks to Elisabeth. Pumpkin bars. Sans butter.024

Just kidding. Aside from the fact that Nathan’s rehearsal took him away from the improv games, I’d say that this was a grand kick-off to the year. As silly as it all is, I’m glad this is part of our family life.  The girls LOVE “owts at de aviewy” night, and I think it’s pretty neat that they get to watch their parents and parents’ friends sitting around and talking and shushing them all evening play and laugh and be silly.  Just because. Any suggestions for next week?

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One thought on “Frogs and Bears at the Eiffel Tower: Season 4 Premiere of Arts at the Aviary

  1. You all seemed to be having a lot of fun! Creating some wonderful memories and friendships!

    Keep it up, Mom

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