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Partying in the woods
posted by John : March 12, 2011


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Seven little girls on a scavenger hunt in the woods. Storms rolling in. What could possibly go wrong? I mean, they had a map (hand drawn) and a set of 12 pictures showing where clues might be located. There were even three adults hiking with them to make sure they didn't fall down the cliff or into the river or down the cliff into the river.

It turns out... nothing went wrong. It was a good time had by all. The girls raced up the trail with the promise of clues, M&Ms, and birthday cake back at the house. All they had to do was find four single digit clues over a two mile course. Those numbers, when properly aligned, would unlock a box of craft supplies.

Yes, that's right. Hiking and then crafting. While I wouldn't have included the latter it was all part of our "keep them so busy they can't cause any trouble" birthday party plan.

With the hike completed and numbers in hand it was time to figure out what the number 0, 3, 1, and 3 meant. Ah, who cares, let's just unlock the box. And so the box unlocked without realizing it was Clara's birthday. Oh well.

They made felt flower hair pretties and then the cake, oh the cake. The mountain cake made to Clara's exacting specifications. Complete with flowers, trees, snow, and a marshmallow mountain goat. And rainbow sparkles baked throughout.

And as if hiking and crafting weren't disjointed enough the music was cranked up and everyone danced. Yeah, everyone. Including a certain someone who helped on the hike and should fear the video footage. (Yeah, Eric, you know who you are.)

At the end of the day six of the little girls headed home to rest and the seventh, now just about eight years old, was satisfied at having a good party.

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