Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Treasure of the Mouse Statue

So my wife had roped me into seeing this Twilight movie months ago. I have never blogged about the book, but the title could be "Twilight: I only made it 2/3 of the way through and I wanted both Bella and Edward to die or how can an LDS author write about teenagers sneaking around and being alone in the girl's room?!?" Kind of long huh? That's why I did not post it.
Anyway, I promised Timpani that I would go see it. Soon her plan coincided with a larger plan for many Twihards- props to Dana for the terminology- from both the Edward and Jacob camps to go see the movie. (See how I pay attention to my wife sometimes.)
Well, the great day grew close and John- friend de long time- was going to babysit so Liz could go. "That's just not right!" I thought. John had read the book. I had read 2/3 and see above. After tactfully inquiring of my loverly wife that I was not romantically required to be there, I offered to sit Jonni and Erik. Offer accepted.
Inspired by Timpani's recent tour de force of Diego-themed decorating for Vance's B-day, John and Liz's stellar haunted house for the kiddies and Vance getting a tent for his B-day, I endeavored to create a Diego-themed adventure to kill some time for the small ones. I bought goodies the night before to be discovered as treasure, made some toy choices for ambiance and made use of palm trees and green table cloth left from the aforementioned Diego-themed party. Here are the results. Presenting Jonni, Vance, Erik and Quisqueya in:
Treasure of the Mouse Statue

The Diego/Dora theme map drawn by yours truly. (Crayons are my medium.)

Starting place the tent. (Please see my Da Vinci-like rendering on the map.)

The Big Forest (Italics added to dramatically over-emphasize it like on Diego and Dora.)

The fruit tree complete with the Bobo brothers!
(Vance said, "Freeze Bobos!")

Erik goes into the Little Cave while Quisqueya holds the light.

Some of our intrepid adventurers take a break in the Big Lake.
They had previously made use of the Rescue Pack to make a
raft to get to the Small Lake (the tub) to get juice bags.

Finally, the end of the journey: The Pyramid of the Great Mouse

Obviously a great and noble race created this statue
to their revered leader, whose companion bit it years
ago. (NARF!)

Here our adventurers climb the pyramid for their final treasure.

The treasure- Doritos, fruit juice, fruit snacks and fruit loops!
Yep, I fed children tons of sugar, hyped them up, then let them
watch copious amounts of Diego cartoons while in an exhausted
stupor on the couch.

My son asked for another "Diego adventure" that day, so I guess
I did okay. ;)


lizS said...

oh man, they look like they were having a ton of fun! thanks again erik, you're the BEST!

Eyepoke said...

That sounds like it was way cool!
I think the pryamid of the mouse looks terribly cool. I just got done with a day of babysitting myself that was much less smashing.

and thanks for the sitting, BTW!!!

Bella and Edward sneaking around, hanging out in each other's bedrooms, keeping secrets from Mom and Dad-- None of that bothers me really, because I think pretty much all teenagers do this... At least, I did... Maybe not what, as a parent, I would advise, but I think it's just art imitating/reporting on life.

Sorry for the Twilight solioquy on Q+V's fanclub site!

Renae said...

Wait, Wait? JOHN, you had girls secretly in your room?! No, you didn't! I did, (a boy), but I was also secretly married to him. ARGH! What an idiot!

Eric, I'm glad to see that someone agrees with me on the whole he spending the night in her room is wrong, and dissapointing especially from an LDS writer! Right on! How-ever, I am shamefacedly still reading those acursed books, and reluctantly enjoying it. The second book is better. I must go commit suicide now. Thanks everyone for ruining my life! ;)

Oh BTW, you are cool parents, with the making treasure hunts etc!

lizS said...

You weren't married to him the whole time he was in your room!!

All I am saying is sure its a less than ideal move, but I just dont see how its a big deal... Edward killed people for food- that's probably a few degrees more wrong that sneaking into your girlfriends bedroom.

Anonymous said...

Oh that was not liz it was me. John.