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Kite Flying

August 4, 2012

Think and hum to the famous tune from Mary Poppins while you read the words:

“Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height.
Let’s go fly a kite
and send it soaring.
Up through the atmosphere.
Up where the air is clear.
Oh let’s go fly a kite!”

Does it evoke memories of that great scene where there are hundreds of children all flying kites in the same place, everyone is happy, no one’s strings are getting tangled, and life is just good?

Does that happen in real life?

Josh made a kite in Vacation Bible School on Thursday, and today we were out in the green space behind our house trying to fly kites. He had his little one he made, Rhonda and I had another larger one the kids have had. But today, the wind disappointed us. Josh could make his kite fly by running around – the kite was light enough, and his string wasn’t very long. But try as we might there wasn’t a consistent wind. (Which seems strange for southern Alberta, doesn’t it? You’d think we were quite glad that there wasn’t a gale force wind today, sheesh, what are we complaining about?)

Anyway, we had a lot of fun racing around trying to get kites to fly. After an hour or so, we decided it was time to go in to get a drink of water or something!

Later in the afternoon we got out the big Remote Controlled Truck. I have this huge RC Hummer that my amazing cohorts at our ATLE Conference 2010 gave me! Short story: We hold this large annual conference for teachers, leaders, and technical folks. One of my roles is to be the prize give-away guy, and we give away lots of prizes. However, that makes me ineligible to receive any prizes. (Which is okay, we have a lot of fun). But my incredible team decided that Todd should get a prize, so they went to a toy store and asked for the biggest RC vehicle they could find, and they gave it to me during the conference.

But the thing is so big you can’t run it in a house, it has to be used in a gym, or outside. So it doesn’t get used very often.

Today we made sure the battery was charged, and Josh and I played with the truck outside until the battery was drained dry! What a lot of fun! Racing up and down the grass, over the pathway, around trees. We even tried it in the playground pebbles, but the tires just spun, throwing rocks everywhere – not wise.

Huge shout out and thank you to ATLE for the wonderful gift of experiencing something fun with my son! We’ve decided we need to purchase a second battery pack, so we can have two charged and ready to go, for twice the fun and laughter!

Josh and his kite – string looks a little tangled up.


Josh’s kite just crashed – again. No worries, we’ll pick it up and fly it some more!


Josh and the big Hummer


When the batteries are fresh, it’s tough to keep up with it!



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