Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bryce Sailing .. . er . . .Beach . . . .er . . . . Dock Birthday Party

The best laid plans of mice and men, otherwise known as planning events and engine repairs without looking too closely at the calendar. We were all set to get back into the Thursday Night Racing Series on Elliott Bay with a birthday celebration taking some of Bryce’s friends and their families sailing (see last year’s blog entry). With the engine repair in progress, I had come up with a flippant back-up plan of just having the party at Golden Gardens. As Thursday approached and it looked less and less likely that we would have engine power, I began to dread getting party supplies down to the park when it would be totally crowed due to the weather forecast of a gorgeous day. Finally, we came up with Plan C which would be to just keep the party on the boat and while the boat was sequestered at that the dock.

At last, a plan that looked “like a winner” as G-ma would say. The adults enjoyed cocktails in the cockpit while the kids played Legos, Legos, Legos. Bryce was in heaven getting three new Lego sets, two of which came with new Star Wars mini-figures. Eventually, the kids came outside where they fished and tried out the kayaks. We all sang Happy Birthday to Bryce so that he could officially be 11 years old and watched the sunset over the Olympics. Bryce and his buddy, Jarret, where the last to hop in the kayaks and somehow did get the memo about the area restrictions. They disappeared around the corner and did a big loop around the end of the docks and back. They were thrilled with themselves especially when they realized that everyone else had been restricted to an area within eye-sight of the boat. Despite the shaky planning of the event, it seemed like everyone had a great time!

PS The engine is put back together AND running!!!!

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