Henry, Open Mic 

Before soccer practice, the Fry Family Quartet made a stop at school for the annual 4th grade poetry reading. Henry’s class has been doing a unit of inquiry focused on poetry, culminating in today’s open mic performance. Henry read two of his poems, Confusion and Seaweed. Pretty impressive stuff. After the live show, we perused the kids’ other work (Henry’s pictured below), which hung around the room. Nice work, Henry. You’re a poet, and I didn’t know it. 

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Fry Lodge Creativity

Half days of school all week means lots of extra time at home to do all kinds of things. We started the afternoon with logo design for our upcoming summer ProjectWA road trip. Ruby was particularly interested in this assignment. We like her design so much, we’re considering using it for our official ProjectWA tee shirts. I think Ruby has a future in graphic design.

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This afternoon, we moved on to Henry’s science homework, which involved creating a device that would count 60 seconds consistently. Henry and Kristine took on this assignment, using sand from the beach, a funnel and a plastic bottle. After several attempts, they determined the exact amount of sand that would take 60 seconds to fill up the bottle. Well done, Fry Lodge engineers.

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Fry Family Glass Art Class

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The Fry Family Quartet learned a new medium today. One of our traditions is to buy the annual family Christmas tree ornament when we cut down our tree. The Lopez field where we got our tree this year didn’t come with a Christmas shop. Luckily, we’d scheduled a family fused glass workshop with our glass artist friend, Terri. We spent this afternoon learning how to cut and construct colored glass that will be heated and fused in Terri’s kiln. It was a lot of fun, and we all ended up with cool ornaments. I think we’ve found our new Fry Lodge Christmas ornament tradition. Thanks, Terri!

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Labor Day Lopez

This was the first weekend in a month that the entire Fry Family Quartet has been together on Lopez – after a series of vacation and work related trips. We got reacquainted with the people and activities we love most: biking, crabbing, kayaking, play dating and eating. The studio tour was this weekend, so we spent time at our favorite glass artist’s studio, BarnFire Glass, owned by Terri Roush.

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We also enjoyed an awesome pizza party at Camp Roush on Sunday. Tommer and Terri have a wood fired pizza oven that produces some of the best pies I’ve ever eaten.

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This was a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and a great way to end the summer with friends. The Fry and Roush kids get along so well and spend so much time together, we’re now scheming how we can cut a trail so the children can walk the 3 miles between our houses. Maybe there’s a water route, too.

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Pretty Paper

After moving all of our belongings back across the country, we’ve found ourselves with a surplus of packing paper. Combine that with an abundance of the Christmas spirit, and you get one crafty Fry Lodge holiday. Tonight we made our own Christmas wrapping paper. I’m anxious to see if this tradition sticks. We certainly have the paper for it.

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Everything is Awesome at Fry Lodge

For some reason I’ve never really invested much in Halloween costumes. For the past five years I’ve simply donned a banana suit and called it good. That banana suit is currently buried under countless boxes deep inside a Sedro-Woolley storage unit. So, with only a few days to go until Halloween, I had to get creative. The idea came to me as I was picking up stray LEGO heads in the living room the other night: LEGO Fryman.

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The first challenge was figuring out what household item I could use to construct the head. I knew paper mache  would be involved, but the balloon method didn’t seem like the right way to go. So I used a propane tank. I can’t help thinking that I’m the first person in history to paper mache a propane tank. You have to admit, it closely resembles a LEGO head.

Here are the steps I took:

1) Clean off one of the four (four!) propane tanks I have in the garage. Did you know that propane tanks expire after 12 years?

2) Wrap it in a garbage bag and duct tape in order to more easily get the paper mache off the tank later.

3) Apply paper mache (2 cups Sta-Flo starch per 1 cup flour.)

4) Cut off the paper mache coat before it dries, otherwise it might crack. Tape a bike helmet to the inside. Hang to dry. Then apply more duct tape to the seam and places that might need structural support.

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5) Try it on.

6) Paint it yellow and try on again.

7) Have Kristine mark where she thinks my eyes should be, then cut the eye holes.

8) Choose from hundreds of Henry’s LEGO heads as a reference for the face, then draw the face with a Sharpie.

9) Try it on again and ask Henry and Ruby how it looks. They said it looks awesome!

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