Yesterday was the final installment of the first set of woodworking classes. (It looks like we’ll be continuing in the Fall in collaboration with the Bannings.) We had to postpone this class (originally set for two weeks ago) because Bruce and Finn were sick. Consequently, we had a smaller group this time with several families out of town, but once again a good time was had by all. The project for this class: tool boxes (painstakingly pre-cut, pre-drilled and labeled by Bruce and Rob).
We got off to a rocky start with many of the kids just home from summer camp. Exhausted, they were much more interested in watching the episode of Phineas and Ferb Ezra and Finn were watching. When I went to collect the kids for class, this is what I found.
But eventually the show ended and they dragged themselves outside for class, which started, as usual, with a “lecture” from Bruce.
And written instructions.
As unruly as they were during the lecture, the kids all settled in and worked diligently on their boxes. There was a lot of screwing …
Which Finn found out is hard work!
The drill press made an appearance. Here Chapin examines his (well, Cari’s, actually) handiwork.
There were some distractions. Finn took a break to check out where the spilled water would go.
And Chapin and Kylie were mostly interested in the neighbor’s sprinklers.
But they persevered! Pounding in plugs to cover the screws …
And finally, painting!
Here’s how they turned out. Ezra decided not to paint his.
Finn went with orange and brown.
After the projects were done, we had our usual dinner and crazytown fun. The kids were starving so dinner was relatively calm and quiet.
Then the water balloons, hose and eventually the slip ‘n’ slide came out.
Finally, it was time to put the water works away. Finn and some of the girls had dinner part 2. (How in his element is he in this [terrible iPhone] picture?)
And then everyone left with damp, happy children who hopefully fell asleep on the ride home.