Posted by: Michelle Mitton | January 9, 2009

Yea That’ll Make it through Airport Security

Homemade CrossbowOver Christmas the kids’ Uncle Luke came to play. If you haven’t met the man then you ought to read the guest post he wrote for me for Ten Alternative Activities for the Washington D.C. Area last year before continuing–that will give you the full picture of the character we’re talking about here.

He brought the boys gifts: homemade crossbows.

Rigged with elastic tubing or cording or something really sproingy they’re the sling shots that are capable of launching our minivan into orbit. Of course the boys have been putting them to good using everything in sight as projectiles: paper balls, Jedi action figures, cupcakes, the neighbor’s cat . . .

Homemade CrossbowI’ve told them that with great power comes great responsibility but they’re not getting the picture so I think I’ll put them to work with a bucket of rocks and make them sit by the front door to guard my crab apple tree from marauding moose. That ought to teach them–and the moose.


And if you’d like to see what other boys have been doing with their extra time check out the 50 top stop-motion videos listed on Smashing Magazine. My personal favorite? The Human Skateboard.

Have you entered the Write-Away Contest this month? It’s a new year and you could win oranges!

And finally–Deanne from Damascus, Oregon is our final winner for the NutriSystem Giveaway last weekend. But don’t worry–more to come tomorrow!

Sponsored by Dimples and Dandelions–for the Serena and Lily Bedding Collection for Children.

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