February 03, 2006

Let's Go Fly A Kite

Today we met up with Jillian and Kristen for a playdate at the park. The highlight: we flew kites. A nice strong wind made it perfect kite flying weather. I think it was a first time for Jillian, and Kate's second.

Kate and I flew our kite a few days earlier. And what an event that was. I had just bought the kite at Walgreen's and as we were walking to the field I opened the packaging. In my haste an essential stick for the kite (the spar?) must have fallen out somewhere and couldn't be found at all. Kate was so looking forward to flying the kite, and I felt like a complete nit wit for losing the piece.

Anyway, I decided we weren't leaving until that kite went airborne, so I pulled a MacGyver. I taped two skinny sticks together and used them as the horizontal support for the kite. Thank goodness I had scotch tape in the glove compartment! Above is a picture I took with my camera phone from that day.

Although Kate and I had fun finally getting our kite in the air, we had so much more fun flying kites with Jillian and Kristen. This time I was much more careful when opening the packaging and made sure no parts were lost. The girls really seemed to enjoy flying their kites (for as long as kite flying can hold the attention of a 2 year old with the enticement of a playground nearby).

When we were done, Kristen started to wind in Jillian's kite. As soon as it hit the ground Kate started winding up the tail. I guess she thought she was being helpful. She was very focused and serious while providing her assistance.

Lastly, the girls got to make their rounds on the playground before heading home.
Posted by Jean-Marie at February 3, 2006 08:14 PM
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