4.04.2011

A New Career -- Clowns! (?!)

This past Friday, the Cottam kids and their neighbors threw an awesome carnival for charity. The kids came up with the idea and with the (awesome) help of several mamas, they ran with it. It was amazing. Booths with games, fortune-telling, food, fun -- and (wait for it!): a fabulous clown show.


Yes, we were the carnival clowns. Maya came to us the week before the carnival and requested that we put together a 'clown show'. We looked at each other dubiously and then agreed because seriously, when a 7 year old and her cohorts think you can be funny, you suck it up and do your best.

I was a bit nervous -- I have been sick for the past couple of weeks and while I was feeling better, I wasn't sure I was going to be very energetic or very funny. But we pulled out the old Raggedy Ann and Andy costumes, found some jokes, got a helium tank for regular balloons, got Mark trained to make a few balloon animals with the skinny balloons (yay for the internet!), and figured if we danced the chicken dance and threw out some necklaces, all would be well.

But the chicken dance wouldn't play on the CD I burned and when we tried to do the helium balloons, that didn't work either. Sigh. But the (very corny) jokes were pretty well received, the necklaces were popular, and Grandpa was a hit with his twisty balloon animals. (actually, only wiener dogs -- he's going to up his skills for the next time around.)

Because you can be sure there will be a next time. And if we get asked, we will try harder to be funny. As it was, I heard from a neighborhood mom that 'the clowns were our favorite part of the carnival, mom!'

I love seeing kids put their minds to something and really do it.

8 comments:

SweetmamaK said...

Awesome! Now you can add clown to your resume. You are inspriing! LOVE YA

hoLLy said...

so cute! what a great idea maya & company had! u and your hubs are cute clowns!

Carrie Page said...

Seriously impressed!

Jill said...

Oh, you are awesome! Does your clown show travel?

100 Percent Cottam said...

you guys are the best!

Fritz said...

It's not hard to see why your grandkids are so amazing...amazing grandparents! My heros!

Andi said...

Best. Grandparents. EVER.

Emily said...

i'm so sad i missed this :) you guys are amazing, and i'm sure the kids LOVED you more than you know!