School’s out for the summer!
We’ve had a hot, beautiful, sunny day to start off our holidays; and getting set free early was just an added bonus. It isn’t as if we did anything except play while we were at school anyway, but it’s tradition; and the graduating seniors need that time for the usual rounds of visits with all of their past and present teachers. I can also report that I aced my Grade Nine; though that shouldn’t surprise any Magi reading this in the future; and isn’t’ even a big deal compared to my almost-four-year-old brother and sister graduating their Junior year of college today too. ;^)
While we still hadn’t made any specific plans for tonight by the time we were set free from school, the nice weather is perfect for a camping night; and Michael, Tim, Rowen, and I decided to do that tonight – even though we couldn’t do that with a big group of friends. As I’ve already mentioned, though, we couldn’t do camping tomorrow night anyway because of Father’s Day on Sunday; and Mom was okay with us setting up some tents tonight. Ethan and Ehlana were good with the idea too; and Rowen and I have Ehlana and Naomi with us tonight while Michael and Tim have Ethan and Aiden with them.
Our campground has four tents, and the additional four campers were added two at a time. Rebecca and Lucas were hanging out together after school until his Mom was finished work for the day; and she gave him permission to stay overnight as long as he could get home early in the morning to help out on the farm. They still did their own thing for dinner; and then came over after that to spend the rest of the night with us. Joel got into town tonight, and after checking with him while he was still on the way here; Jenny accepted the invitation that Rebecca extended to her sometime between when Michael and I had talked to her about camping with us and when she and Lucas came over with their overnight bags and some food and snack donations.
I’ve skipped a lot of the action from earlier today, but my morning and school time was fairly normal last day of school stuff – including the play time and party that started at lunchtime and continued until we came home. Michael, Tim, and Rowen came home with me; we did a snack break with Mom, Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, and Aiden; and then we went out to play and ride bikes for a while after getting permission for the camping. We didn’t set up the tents then because we’d wanted to at least ask Rebecca and Lucas if they’d be able to do that with us; but we’d wanted to do some riding at the park anyway – and the twins and their friends had wanted to play at the park with us.
We set up three of the tents before dinner; Michael and Tim took care of grilling the burgers and hot dogs for nine while Rowen and I helped Mom with the cold salads and veggies side dishes; and we had dinner in the back yard once everything was ready. We just sat in lawn chairs for that instead of setting up a couple of tables, and since we used disposable plates and cutlery; the clean-up was easy too. Mom went to hang out with Aunt Leanne and Aunt Grace after dinner; and the rest of us played in the back yard; went swimming; and pretty much just goofed off for a couple of hours. Rebecca and Lucas joined us for the last half of that fun; we all spent some time with Dad when he got home; and then we set up our campfire so that it’d be ready to go by dusk. Mom had come home for a while too, but once Dad had everything hauled into the house and had finished hanging out with us; they both went back to Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne’s house to have a mini planning meeting that was mostly about what they were all doing with the med center over the weekend – and to have a visit after being apart for the work week.
By the way, I didn’t see Violet and Dillon before they left for Woodvale, but they had dinner in Crystal Springs with Dad on the way up there – and while he was waiting for the rush hour traffic to clear before heading home. That worked out for all three of them; and Dad was especially glad to see Violet and wish her a belated happy birthday. Violet and Dillon are safely in Woodvale now; but I don’t have any details beyond that for what they’ve been doing since getting there. I’ll pass on any news as I get it – though I might not get that update until sometime after Violet gets home again.
Yes, Woodvale is technically her home; but we’ve adopted her and this will be her home for real after she and Dillon graduate.
Getting back to the camping action, we lit the campfire once it was getting dark; and spent the next few hours playing music, telling scary stories, and munching on snacks that ranged from marshmallows and hotdogs to chips and cookies. Jenny and Joel joined us by about ten-thirty, and they were delayed because he’d needed to at least spend a bit of time with his father before taking off for the night. His father wasn’t thrilled with that change in plans, but accepted the reality that his son preferred spending his first night in town with Jenny. He’s a guy, and not that old; so maybe he can still remember what that was like when he was a teen.
We went for one more swim not long after our last two campers arrived, and then went back to the campfire and some quality cuddling as we dried off and warmed up again. Mom and Dad checked in with us when they got home and let the kids feed them some toasted marshmallows; but then they went inside and presumably up to bed. No details from the rest of their night are required; but I’ sure that you can guess that they’re usually very happy to be back together again after Dad’s weeks in the city – especially when Mom can’t get to the city at all to see him. Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, and Aiden were done in by midnight, so Michael and I took a break from the campfire music to get them ready for bed and tucked into their sleeping bags. Once they were settled in, we went back to the fire for a while longer; but most of us were getting tired by then too; and we put out the fire at one o’clock.
My brother, sister, and their friends had played a joke on us while we were wrapping up our fun at the campfire; and Naomi was in Ethan’s tent with him while Ehlana and Aiden were in the tent that the girls were supposed to be sharing with Rowen and me. Ehlana and Aiden were awake but pretending to be sleeping; while Ethan and Naomi were actually asleep by then – and cuddled together in his sleeping bag. Yes, I’d sensed their change in locations from that distance, and the twins knew that; but it was still fun for Michael, Tim, Rowen, Naomi, and Aiden – and the boys thought that we should just follow their lead and switch to co-ed tents for the night.
We didn’t do that, but I can’t say the same for Rebecca, Lucas, Jenny, and Joel. They were still up and hanging out by the river when Rowen and I turned in for the night; and I will not be surprised to find out that Jenny talked the other three teens into the tent swap – even though they hadn’t technically ever agreed to girls and boys tents. Then there’s the fact that we’d only originally set up the one tent for Rebecca and Lucas anyway; but that’s a moot point now anyway. What is relevant is that Naomi was moved back to our tent with Ehlana; Aiden went back to the boys’ tent under his own power; and we were all in our sleeping bags by one-thirty.
Rowen and I have been talking since then while I’ve done my computer checks and she’s listened to some YouTube music on Ehlana’s iPad. Ehlana and Naomi talked with us for a while too; but it wasn’t long before they were both out for the count. I had a bit of family business work to deal with; took care of that; and then kept the rest of the computer and email checks to a minimum.
We’ve got a busy work day ahead that includes two baseball games; and while the yard work will keep me busy most of the day; I’ll likely also do some babysitting both in the afternoon and evening so that Mom and Dad can help out a bit at the med center while also juggling the chores at home and their own baseball game tomorrow night. It’s supposed to be another hot, beautiful day, but while I might wish for a play weekend to launch our summer holidays, Michael still has to work anyway; and now we can always have our play days on Monday and Tuesday instead when his parents are off from the Inn anyway.
Okay, we have a wedding to plan, a holiday weekend coming up; and a lot more on the go all summer; but you know what I mean – and we are going to need to find time to have fun here and there along with all of the busy.
That’s all I have for tonight, and it really has been a great start to our holidays. I hope that trend will be with us for the next couple of months, but all I’m really thinking about right now is getting some sleep; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!