The lanyard party when Nico and fam were in town from Australia was not the largest workshop I have ever done (that would be the National Charity League Bead-aThon two or three years ago). It wasn't the largest workshop I ever had in my own home (that would be the one on July 4, 2009 where somehow over fifty folks crowded into my modest three bedroom casa). In fact, it wasn't even the largest workshop I did in the last ten days (since I ran over to MacArthur High in Aldine after school last Monday to help 60+ teens make a difference in the lives of children with neuroblastoma).
That said, Nico and all his friends (combined with his mom and my friends) overran the house weekend before last. It's not so much that they had overwhelming numbers (although there were a lot of them), but they just took up so much more space than they did as younger kids.
I gave them a camera and ask them to do a little photo journalism of the evening:
They were pretty serious about getting the lanyards done.
And used whatever space they could find.
Rowan and Nico finished early, leaving their hands free. Can you tell Nico has some keyboard-compatible hands? And can you believe that Rowan, one of Erin's sixth grade classmates, is graduating this year? He's on the expedited plan!
Andy always seems happy where ever he is. He and Erin agreed about almost everything, except politics.
Precious Toni makes the most beautiful, delicate lanyards. She and Erin have been friends since Day 2 (birthdays two days apart!)
Nico was sure we had shrunk everything in Erin's room since he moved. It all seemed much smaller now that he is so tall.
Samantha and Erin had so much in common: soccer, brains, and most notably, confidence.
Jackson was always much bigger than Erin, and the trend shows no sign of slacking off.
Most of the adults were slackers, preferring to eat and chat rather than work. This includes me.
It was my birthday, so I took the evening off. That means I'm still working on finishing some of the lanyards the kids made, plus the tray full I have from the MacArthur workshop and the one at the new College Station High School last Saturday morning.
Teddy wasn't really all that impressed with having a house full of teens.
Not only did Erin and Nico's friends overflow their allotted space (plus the kitchen, plus the lake, plus my bedroom where I keep the Wii), they overflowed the love in my heart.