Saturday, June 10, 2017

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 6/2 - 6/8)

Friday (6/2) Happy 10th Birthday AJ!!  Our day started early since we had to drop the van off for some body work.  Then we headed to Krispy Kreme since it was also national donut day.  We enjoyed our free donuts and then headed off to Zoombezi Bay for the day.  We spent most of our time in the wave pool since it's AJ's favorite.  We also all from the new Sound Surfer slide that we never got to ride last season, played at Baboon Lagoon and rode the Lazy River.  It was a great day with more beautiful weather!!
We hit a traffic jam from an accident on the way home so by the time we got home we were all exhausted and hungry.  We grabbed quick snacks and everyone just sat down to relax, most of us with an electronic device.  After some downtime I cooked AJ's requested dinner - tacos and we finally opened up his presents.  He got a new 2DS from us and 2 new games from Zak and Daniel.  We also bought him a digital watch because he has been asking for one.  My brother sent him the new Star Wars movie and my parents got him an outfit and Dancing Groot - which we are all loving!  After presents, we had family movie night and watched AJ's pick of Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.  We paused about halfway thru for Oreo ice cream cake and then after the movie everyone went quickly to bed.  Adrian and I did a quick clean up and made the ice cream cakes for the upcoming parties this weekend before collapsing into bed ourselves!
Saturday (6/3) Birthday Party Day!!  We got moving pretty quickly this morning to get set up for two different birthday parties for AJ today.  Then Adrian took the boys to soccer this morning, Zak had his regular class and AJ and Daniel had a make up class.  I stayed home to finish party set up and get a few things done around the house.  They came home after soccer, we ate a quick lunch and then our party guests started arriving!

We had a great party for AJ with eight boys here to play.  They traded Pokemon cards, had a water gun fight, played in our pool and slip n' slide, had a water balloon fight, played chess, played video games, ate lots of snacks and cake and all gave AJ new Pokemon cards for his birthday.  We had a great group of boys here and I'm very thankful AJ has such great friends.  When the parents started arriving to pick them up, no one wanted to leave.  I believe that is a sign of a good party!
 After the kids were picked up, Carl, Sarah, Isabelle and Vinnie came over for party number two of the day.  We had Jets pizza and more ice cream cake.  The kids played in the yard with the water more and the adults had some down time to catch up.  Vinnie really enjoyed our new dancing Groot doll, he was dancing for all of us most of the night.  When they left, we were all exhausted so we had a little down time watching TV and then all headed to bed.  It was a great day celebrating AJ!

Sunday (6/4) started with all of us going to church together since we only have one car.  It was move up Sunday so Zak moved to the elementary school class.  So now all three boys are in large group together for the next year.  And they are in the class that I volunteer in so all four of us were together this morning.  It was a great start to our Sunday!!
After church, we came home to get a few things done around the house then moved on to party number 3 for AJ with Adrian's parents, sister and nephew.  We made homemade pizza and had more ice cream cake.  AJ got a Creeper hoodie and a new fishing pole, both of which he declared "no fun."  We finished up our time with them with a game of Bang! The Dice Game and some puzzles.  When they left we were all pretty tired so we finished up a few things, got the kids to bed and sat down with a glass of sangria and some DVR time to celebrate surviving another birthday weekend!

Monday (6/5) The boys and I were home all day without a car since the van was still in the shop.  We did a whole lot of nothing and it was fantastic!  We started with our summer schedule of doing a little bit of work each day (reading, creative, math, riding bikes, learning to tie shoes, etc).  I also got caught up on a bunch of stuff I didn't get done over the weekend.  The boys played a lot of video games and watched a lot of TV.  We won't have many days like this over the summer but when we have them, I'm going to enjoy them!  Daniel did have a baseball game tonight.  Thankfully Adrian got home in time to take him to the game.  His team lost for the first time all season.  It was a defensive battle, they lost 2-1.  Daniel didn't get a hit but made a few plays in the field.

Tuesday (6/6) was the first day of sports and arts camp for AJ and Daniel.  Thankfully my friend was able to drop them off this morning because I had to work at the same time.  They had a great time at camp, AJ played baseball & soccer and Daniel played baseball and did art.  While they were there, Zak and I went to my Silver Sneakers class, then Giant Eagle to pick up a few things and then to the Y for some swimming.  We swam with friends for about an hour and a half and then he had swim lessons.  We had a fun afternoon!

After that full afternoon, we came home and I cooked a quick taco dinner for us.  Daniel and I ate and then ran out to baseball practice.  Adrian fed the other boys and did a few things around the house with them.  Then he and I headed out to use our free tickets to see the musical "Beautiful" about Carole King.  It was such a great show!!  We were really glad we had the opportunity to go and see it and get a night out in a pretty busy week for us.
Wednesday (6/7) AJ and Daniel had sports and arts camp again.  I dropped them and their friend Keaton off to play baseball and soccer while Zak and I headed to the Y so I could take an Aqua Zumba class.  Unfortunately I got there only to find out that the class was cancelled because the pool was closed.  I was frustrated that I went out there and couldn't work out but Zak and I did a few errands and then came home to get some stuff done around the house.  We went back to pick up the boys from camp and then headed back to the Y so I could teach my Zumba class.
After class, we ran home to have a quick dinner and then headed to soccer for AJ and Daniel's last class.  It was parent participation week which turned into family participation when we all played.  The five of us had a ton of fun playing battleship, 4 corners and of course scrimmage.  We were all sweaty messes when we left.  AJ and I made a quick stop at the library to pick up a few reserved items and then we all went home to head to bed as early as we could for another busy day tomorrow.
Thursday (6/8) started pretty much the same as yesterday - dropping off AJ, Daniel and Keaton at sports and arts camp and then heading to the Y.  It was slime day for the art group so we got there very early - and we still didn't make the cut for art class.  I promised the boys we would make slime one day this summer here at home.  I took two classes at the Y - Zumba and Boom Muscle and then found out that Zak's swimming lesson for the afternoon was cancelled because both pools were closed.  Again, I was very frustrated - especially since no one called me and I only knew because I was there.  Zak was also very upset because he really wanted to go swimming.  We took advantage of the extra time to come home and get a few things done around the house.

We went and picked the boys up from camp and rushed home because they had a playdate with their friends Brooks, Simon and Yared.  The six boys played video games for about two hours while I ran out to teach a Zumba class and Adrian worked from home.  It was a crazy few hours but everyone had a great time so that's what matters.  We had a quick dinner of gnocchi and tortellini before Adrian, AJ and Daniel headed out on a Pokemon Go adventure at Blacklick Woods.  Zak didn't want to go and I was honestly exhausted so I was pretty happy to stay home.  They had a fun time taking turns playing Pokemon Go and playing with our new fidget spinner.

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