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Monday, January 01, 2007

 

Ring Out The Old



We rang out the old year in a good way. I dragged myself out of my deathbed to drive the family into the "big city" of Spokane for their New Year's Eve celebration. This year they had a Kids Night Out, with activities all in one place.

First event was an Eric Herman concert. He's always so engaging, even when he has to compete with ballet dancers and karate kids on other stages. He even got my son to stand up and dance (for about 30 seconds, which is some kind of record). It was incredibly cute to see Eric's two little daughters dancing around to his music.

We stayed through two of his sets. In between was an unexpected surprise. Kids' poet Kenn Nesbitt read some of his hilarious poetry, and I could see all sorts of lights going on in my son's brain. He already loves to write poetry, but I think that seeing someone perform the words was a real eye-opener. Nesbitt doesn't just read... he does voices and gestures and stomps around the stage. I'll definitely be buying a few of his books.

After the concerts, we hit the craft tables. Wow, it was like craft heaven for my daughter. She made a necklace, brooch, drum, crown, flashlight, flower lei, and various critters and baubles.

Later we ventured down the street to a Mexican restaurant for some New Year's indigestion. By then it was 9 o'clock and time to head home. The kids were exhausted, and so was I.

Not terribly exciting, but it was a family New Year's Eve celebration... As it should be. I'm looking forward to more family adventures in 2007.


5 Comments:

Anonymous brettdl said...

My wife and I stayed up for the first New Year's Eve in a long, long time. Must have been the time-zone advantage

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish we had such an event in Perth, this one of yours sounds truly awesome!

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

I agree, sounds pretty fantastic to me

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow--I didn't know anything about that! I'm definitely going to look into it for next year! Thanks for the links--the poetry books look delightful!

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil, thanks for the poetry link. I just signed up for the Google reader fed of his funny kid poems. Great stuff!

11:56 AM  

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