Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Keeping Up With...Family (Summer Week 5 - June 27 thru July 3)

This week started out with Saturday being our family work day.  Adrian actually had to work some of the day so I took the boys to swimming and then since it was raining, they played video games & watched TV while I did as much as I could around the house. Very productive day!  So far it is working really well for us to have one day of work and one day of play each weekend.

Sunday was gorgeous so we decided to head up to the zoo for the day.  AJ had hockey camp in the morning so after he got home from that, we all piled in the new van and headed out to get brunch.  We were going to go to Scrambler's, but the line was out of control so we decided to head to IHOP instead.  It actually turned out better for us, they had something everyone loved & we all left full and happy!  We got to the zoo and it was super busy, but we still had a great day.  We saw some animals, rode the new Pirate Island ride, played in the play area and rode a bunch of rides in Jungle Jack's Landing.  We stopped & picked up pizza on the way home & had a relaxing night together.
Pirate Island
Boys on the Frog Hopper

Zak & I waiting for Pirate Island

My favorite animals at the zoo
Then this week became the week of the play dates!  We had friends over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The weather put a damper on some of them, but the boys made the best of it by playing inside when they couldn't be outside.  Wednesday was the best of the 3 days & everyone was outside all day.  The boys love having friends over to play!  Thursday AJ was supposed to go to a friend's house but they had to cancel so we'll reschedule that one.

Thursday Adrian took the day off so we could go to Zoombeezi Bay, but we woke up to very cloudy skies.  We decided it was best if we didn't head over there, especially with thunder storms forcast for the afternoon.  We spent the day relaxing, playing and getting stuff done around the house.  And Friday was actually more of the same until the evening.  It was really nice after Adrian working so much and us going like crazy to just take a step back and relax.

Friday night a lot of the local cities did their fireworks.  We decided to head to Menard's on Broad St to try to watch the Reynoldsburg fireworks.  The weather was still iffy and we didn't want to deal with the crowds in the park where they do the fireworks, especially if it started raining.  We had a pretty good view of those fireworks and were also able to see Gahanna, Whitehull and Red, White & Boom downtown.  The boys were cracking everyone up with their commentary.  They were SO excited!  Daniel applauded for every one, Zak kept yelling "Boom!" & AJ kept saying "This is awesome!"  We got home quickly & watched Boom on TV, which turned into a dance party in our living room.  It was a really great night!
Ready for the fireworks
Zak's first sparkler
Watching the show

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