gideon turns the ripe old age of 7

poor little kid.  he says he would rather be 5.  growing up just keeps getting worse.  just wait until he turns thirty.  it’s a total kick in the teeth.

to compensate, we got together a nice little party in good ol’ deary idaho.  uncle reuben and daddy boy hid a treasure on the side of the mountain and we brought our friends on a hike.

the treasure included (besides fruit leather) firecrackers, bouncy balls and old army patches.  today i need to get all of gideon’s patches sewn on a shirt so he can sport them.  mighty fine.  just wait until you see his birthday hat.

the brave and the few kept going until they made it to the top.  this is not the top, it’s just where the person with the camera gave up and went home.  but gideon made it!  i guess they found the geocache on top of the mountain too, so gideon got to write his name in it.

at home we had a hot dog roast and s’mores.

grandma even went all out and got a pinata.

you can see daddy boy here going for an andes mint.  what kind of person puts andes mints in pinatas?  that’s like sacrilege.

here is jehu, also known as muscle kitty.  nick names are strange things….

and here they are playing soccer with the dog.  go beany, go!

gideon got lots of fun boy presents including a stack of old books, a magnifying glass, knives, a compass, mini-mag light, a book on tying knots, a rock tumbler and running shoes.  all very excellent.

dad put in a fire pit for the occasion.  just looking at these pictures makes me want to do it all again.

here is reuben fishing out his rocks.

he whipped up an impromptu rock tumbler once he found out that gideon liked rocks.  you’re looking at a ceiling fan, 5 casters, a piece of cord and a paint can.  genius.

except for the fact that it sounds like a runaway washing machine and you have to keep it on for 7 days.  minor details.

do you notice the row of grain elevators in the back?  yeah, there’s no place like home for the holidays.  i’m afraid my children even stayed up until midnight setting off firecrackers.

happy birthday gideon.  we love you. ♥

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4 Responses to “gideon turns the ripe old age of 7”


  1. 1 Grandma Sandy June 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    We love you Gideon. Happy Birthday!

  2. 2 Nightmare from Washington July 6, 2011 at 8:32 am

    “you’re looking at a ceiling fan, 5 casters, a piece of cord and a paint can. genius.”
    Sounds Like Rueberto

  3. 3 Linda April 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Why did he need the 5th caster? Just wondering. I’m building one similar to it and decided to google “ceiling fan rock tumbler” and stumbled on this page.

  4. 4 Reuben Germain April 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    the fifth caste is for tension on the belt however there are some design flaws. The lower speeds on the fan don’t have enough power and the high speed is to fast so you would need to gear it a little differently.


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