They worked on a decoding a series of spy related words, before I set them loose on the scavenger hunt for their gift bags. The first clue was a sheet of vellum that when matched up over a certain page in a certain Harry Potter book outlined the message "This clue is laid where fowl play happens." The second clue (in Pig-Latin, since I don't know Chicken-Latin) was in an Easter egg in the chicken house. It read "Find this clue where babies rock." The third clue (in the tree house) had a riddle that led them to the tractor in the barn, where they had to decipher a code, which told them "Dear Spies, Find me near the big water." The final clue was taped to the side of the pool, and written in mirror image, telling them "If you traverse the laser beams, you will find the prize."
Here are the laser beams, which Lauren helped me activate this afternoon. The goodie bags are all the way at the back!
We tried to make it a little bit difficult!
After dinner, and the arrival of the final guest, it was time for cake and presents. This year, J chose a Smore's Ice Cream Cake from Cook's Country. It has a baked graham cracker crust followed by a layer of chocolate fudge, then marshmallow cream, then chocolate ice cream (I used chocolate peanut butter swirl). I added another layer of chocolate fudge on the top. Halved marshmallows are the crowning glory, and the whole thing spends less than a minute under the broiler to make them squishy and golden brown. I have to say that the whole concoction was not overly memorable.
J opened her presents, and will be taking a shopping trip soon, based on the amount of cash and gift cards she received!
The girls headed back downstairs to play "Defuse the Bomb", where I tied black balloons to their ankles, and they tried to step on and pop each other's balloons. **I'll try to add a video here if I can get it edited.**
After they were clad in jammies, they snuggled up to watch "The Spy
Right now, I am thankful that the ruckus has calmed to what sounds like 2 voices fighting sleep downstairs.
I am also thankful for my beautiful daughter, who was much wished for, and has been a delightful addition to our family. Although she is beginning to reach that very trying tween age, she is *usually* lovely, polite, intelligent and inquisitive. I sat outside her practice room during voice lessons on Friday afternoon, and marvelled at her beautiful voice as well!
Enjoy the pictures!