I’m Getting Jumpy

It was a great birthday party for Henry. We were thinking of having goat cart rides as the entertainment, but Stella and Andy are still too small to put to work, so we rented “jumpy jumps” and put them on the north 40 by the goat pastures and the haystacks. The rainbow is a slip ‘n’ slide – a hose sprinkles it from the top and the kids slide down. Just add water and 10 seven-year-old boys and you’ve got fun! The other you just get in and jump up and down in until you want to barf. You can see the goat pasture to the left of the car.
Rainbow Jumpy JumpBigfoot Jumpy Jump

Afterwards, it was time for cake and ice cream. Henry announced that he wanted to give a speech then dove head first into the ice cream. Nice speech.

Henry gives a speech

The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree, they say.

Back to work today. I still don’t have a time when they’ll run my segment on the Today Show this Saturday. I’ll post it when I do. But they did e-mail asking for some more pitches. They’re interested in a piece on identity theft. So maybe I’ll do it again in a month or so. This time I’ll spend a weekend in NYC, instead of just a night.

22 Replies to “I’m Getting Jumpy”

  1. *drool* mmmmm ice cream *drool*. All they needed was some happy clowns and a puppet show.

  2. Great pics Leo! I’m glad they give you those ‘special’ days off to be with the family.

  3. Henry has that slapstick gene! I enjoy a good sightgag as well as the next guy, but wasting ice cream MUST be a sin of some kind!!

  4. Tell Henry Happy belated Birthday for me Leo.
    P.S. Can I come over and play Monopoly? Pleeeeease? 🙂

  5. Hey, Leo! Welcome back! It was good to see you in perfect form tonite. Seems like Henry had a great birthday party. By what I see,it’s “Like father,like son.” And like you,Henry seems like a nice person.Good job,Leo! Keep up the the good work. BTW,you looked very well rested. The two days off did you alot of good. See you soon 😉

  6. Great pix! Looks like a fun time at the ranch for birthday parties! And what a great speech by Henry! He will be ready for filling in on the Screen Savers in no time at all!

  7. Hey Leo..
    Maybe on the side you could plan kids parties….(you and your wife).
    Looked like a Blast!
    Happy Belated Bday to your Henry…

  8. Ten seven-year-old boys! Leo, you and your wife are brave souls, I salute you! Parties must agree with you, you did look well rested tonight. Thanks for the pix, especially of Mr Ice Cream Face! Now that looks like one happy little boy. Don’t you love it when they catch you off guard like that.
    Still hoping for goat pix. Bet they are growing fast.
    Always good to have you back.

  9. Well, at least Leo didn’t “hog” the “jumpy jumps”, preventing the children from having fun! 🙂

  10. Hi Leo,
    What a great picture of Henry! He is such a cutie! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  11. Hey LEO!!!
    I’d like to see some pics of you working with the goats! That would be funny!
    The Other Ted
    South Dakota

  12. Leo–
    Henry’s filling very nicely in your shoes at keeping everyone in stitches.
    As Donald O’Connor exclaimed: Make ’em laugh…Make ’em laugh…Make ’em LAUGH!!!

  13. Okay, that’s it. I want Leo to be my dad. What do you say, Leo? I’m pottie-trained, so you don’t have to worry about that. I don’t eat a lot, and I’m really low maintainance. I could even sleep with the goats!
    Heh heh heh heh … eh … heh … um … yeah. ;o)
    Welcome back, Leo! Happy belated Birthday to Henry (does he dislike being called “Hank”?). See you on the show!

  14. Leo,
    I think we’ve covered this before on Abby’s birthday (and that “American Girl” trip you took) but you are a majorly excellent dad. Henry looks as if he is in the running for the “Happiest Kid on Earth” contest. Honestly, could he need anything more than a face full of ice cream and a ride to make him throw up?
    I’ll bet this was the perfect antidote to any unpleasant feelings you had last week (including but not limited to the heartburn caused by being bumped on Saturday). Good for you for doing it, and for taking 2 days off to make it happen. (We’ve already asked about you having any single brothers, right?) 😀 I’m glad to hear you opted to give the other “kids” a good day as well. *snort*
    Obviously all of your good genes are expressing themselves there in the presentation skills arena. That’s my kinda speech!
    Smooches on ice-cream-face,

  15. Was your buddy Dvorak there? Earlier I got a mental picture of him hogging the Jumpy Jump and tossing kids aside as he flies up and down in the air, tie all askew. I had to play Max Payne for 12 hours just to get that horrifying image out of my head!
    Anyhow, great to hear you all had fun!
    Any truth to the rumour that you and Patrick are wiring together a “cyber-goat” for your new homestead? Ingenious that! Toting a portable power source, a laptop and equipped with an 802.11 card your goat can enable you to be online and geeky anywhere on the south forty! And the weeds are kept down while you surf! I predict a major market for this sort of thing! Though, I could be wrong. Anyhow Amazon.com is taking my advice and opening an online computer store right now! A guaranteed success! See… I am never wrong.

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