Nine Years Old
Howdy, readers! I apologize for the quiet around here. I had things to blog, and I kept intending to bank a few entries besides, but time was not on my side. The girls started dance, I spent two afternoons in Big Sis's classroom - one reading and helping with a project, the other bringing birthday treats! - and Saturday we hosted Big Sis's birthday party! She turned nine years old on Saturday. She was quite excited that her actual birthday fell on a Saturday, too.
We decided to have a tie-dying party in the backyard, this year. I hung a banner and a couple of tissue paper fans across the shed, and I did buy a plastic tablecloth for the table outside, but that was all the decor we needed. We had beautiful weather on our side - mid-seventies, no wind. It was just a huge gaggle of girls, rubber-banding then squirting white t-shirts with dye! When they were not taking their turn, they were playing. Just playing. Between the swing set and the fairy house and the red wagon and bubbles and the ball toss, we had no reason to organize games or anything. My favorite part was watching kids who had just met - family friends meeting girls from school, for example - play together like they've always known each other. It was so much fun!
For the tie-dying, I used the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit. (I got it at Michael's using a coupon.) I hadn't tie-dyed shirts since I was in Brownies! Big Sis attended a tie-dye party when she was five, and remembered how much fun she had. Plus, she has developed an affinity for peace signs and tie-dye, my hippie child. This seemed simpler than using the old-fashioned RIT dye dipping method. We banded our Fruit-of-the-Loom boys' t-shirts in the design of our choosing, then squirted them with the bottles. After that, I wrapped shirts in plastic wrap and stick them in old grocery bags with their names on them. Unfortunately, when I'd turn away to wrap a shirt, I'd lose track of the actual dyeing. Some of them may have gone a little overboard with the dye. I gave parents the option of leaving the shirts with me to finish - they had to soak in the dye for 6 to 8 hours - but only one took me up on the offer. I've seen two of the shirts that went home, and they turned out well! Crossing fingers on the rest.
Big Sis wanted an ice cream cake, so we got a yummy, rich one from Freddy's Frozen Custard.
After the cake was consumed, she opened her presents in front of the fairy house.
I finished rinsing and washing and drying shirts the next day. I think they turned out well! The one on the left belongs to a friend, the one in the middle is Big Sis's, and the one on the right is Little Sis's, which is not tie-dyed at all: she just wanted to go to town with the squirt bottles!
I plan on getting some posts prepped and scheduled this week. Nose surgery on Thursday - wish me luck!
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