After visiting the US Space and Rocket Center in May for Sam's birthday,
and watching Apollo 11 at the IMAX in conjunction with my birthday,
it only seemed fitting that we do something to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
But there I was, on the evening of the 19th of July, folding laundry, with nothing at all planned for the following day to commemorate that giant leap for mankind.
And honestly, I wasn't feeling the energy required to come up with a celebration.
Talmage came wandering down the stairs, unable to sleep and requesting a snack.
I have been reading Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People this year,
and one thing he writes about is the power of delegation--in the business world and in families.
So as I chatted with him, folding the laundry while he ate his snack,
I mentioned the Moon Day party and asked if he wanted to plan it, with me to offer assistance as needed.
He was, of course, totally enthused by the idea,
and the next morning he immediately started busily working on decorations and presented me with an outline of the day and a request for me to make "moon rocks" (Muddy Buddies)!
I gave him a little bit of additional help,
and that afternoon we had our Moon Day party!
The first item of business, of course, was to dig in to the "moon rocks."
Then the boys did a "moon walk," where I played music while they walked around a circle of numbers. When I stopped the music, I would draw out a number, and whoever was standing on that number would win a prize from my list! They included things like a piece of candy from their "pot of gold" or a day off from a chore.
Then the kids played "pin the astronaut on the moon." Talmage had drawn a moon scene and we printed out little astronauts for them to try to put next to the flag. Then they drew moon pictures with white crayons and painted with watercolors over the top to reveal their pictures. We all had fun with that one!
After we finished our pictures, the boys took turns playing a cute little moon game Talmage programmed using Scratch, a beginning online programming language that he had been working to learn throughout the Summer. He had them trying to make the cat character dodge basketballs on the moon.
Then they sat in the hammock and watched a Magic School Bus episode in outer space while I made moon shaped calzones for us to enjoy for dinner.
All in all, it was a great party and a fun addition to our low-key Summer!
Thanks to Talmage, Stephen Covey, and the power of delegation.