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Nimbus, Nectarines, and How not to make a Kite

Edit: This should have been chunked into three posts rather than being thrown out all together. And it needs some heavy editing too… Sorry…

Aside from having a bit heavier work load than usual, and all of us feeling ridiculously tired, we’ve had a fun few weeks. If you don’t mind a boring blog entry, I figure I’ll fill you in. If you do mind boring blog entries, I’m really not sure what you’re doing here 🙂 Maybe for the advice? Well, I’ll share that first then.

I’d been wanting to take an afternoon to show my kids how to make and fly a kite. Their dear daddy thought the idea of MAKING a kite was silly, that the supplies alone would cost as much as buying three cheap delta-wings at Wal-mart, and the whole thing would be a big waste of time. I considered that option, since I apparently wouldn’t have help managing the project. But then I found out a friend was in town, a friend who also thought the idea of making kites would be lots of fun. So with that support I set out to make a big diamond kite.

Well, Maile couldn’t come after all. So the kids and I spent about an hour, maybe an hour and half fixing our sticks, stretching string around them, and covering the whole thing with a piece of plastic tablecloth for strength. Not the best project for four kids under age 6 (we had a few school friends with us). Then we spent about 30 seconds trying to fly it, before the little sweeties accidentally snapped it in half. You can see a picture of the results in the extended entry.

Thanks to Ethan’s awesome teacher and FamilyFun Magazine
though, I did learn of a way to make SIMPLE kites with the kids next time. You can read about that here, or you can go on and read the rest of our adventures and misadventures for the week.