Michael and I were awake early enough to find out for sure whether there were co-ed sleepovers going on in two out of four of the tents last night. Our four youngest campers knew about it too, but didn’t say anything; and had gone into the house for washroom breaks before Tai Chi when Rebecca and Lucas came to life and exited their tent. Going back to sleep was an option for Rebecca; but Lucas needed to get ready to head for home and the farm work waiting for him there.
That’s why he went inside to get cleaned up and ready to go while we were busy with our Tai Chi workout; and then Dad ran Lucas out to the farm while Mom, Rowen, and I took care of making breakfast for the rest of us. We had that ready by the time that Dad got back again, and while they weren’t as enthusiastic about the early wake-up call; Jenny and Joel joined us in the dining room for that meal. With the girls doing the cooking, the boys would normally do the clean-up, but Michael, Tim, and Joel were instead set free and put in charge of breaking down the camp while the teen girls took care of the breakfast clean-up and the kids went outside to gather up their own camping gear and supervise the rest of the work. Mom and Dad took their turns at getting ready for the day then; and then it was time for my friends to head out and for me to get started on my chores.
Dad and I got a lot of work done today, but I won’t bore you with the details; since I doubt that yard work has changed all that much between my now and whenever you’re reading this in the future. Okay, sure, you might have robots doing all of the work for you using equipment that runs on alternate, clean energy; but I sure hope that the grass is still green and grows – and that there are still trees, flowers, and everything else that makes the great outdoors great! Maybe the concept of manual labor for chores will be a strange concept for you; but don’t forget that we could do things differently right now too – if it wasn’t for the fact that we have to hide our Magi abilities.
Sorry, Grandpa – you still can’t let Ethan and Ehlana make your gardens self-weeding! ;^)
We worked on our chores until one-thirty, and then stopped for a late lunch that also marked the end of my chores for the day. We had that meal out on the back porch; and then I needed to grab a shower and get ready to go and watch Michael’s ball game. Mom and Dad were going to help out at the med center for the rest of the afternoon; so I also took Ethan, Ehlana, Zack, and Caleb with me – and Rowen helped me out with the babysitting service while my parents, aunts, and uncles were busy. We didn’t have all of my cousins because the Ayres’ kids were with Grandma Ayres instead.
Michael, Tim, and the Arrows were playing against the Carter Construction Cannons today; they were the ‘away’ team; and started the game at bat. That wasn’t a good thing for the Cannons, because the Arrows jumped out to a quick, five-run lead; and never looked back as the Cannons tried to play catch-up for the rest of the game. They didn’t get closer than three runs behind; and the Arrows won the match sixteen-to-nine. It was three-digit kind of hot today, and though Michael needed to get to the Inn to help with the dinner rush; he still came home with the rest of us to go for a quick swim and get cleaned up before doing that. The rest of us enjoyed a long swim; and then Rowen and Tim moved on to their own dinner plans while dinner for most of my family was at our house.
That was a crazy rush because the parents were pushing the time limits between the afternoon work and the evening ball game. I was left on kid control duty through all of that; and had more help again from Rowen and Tim by the time we needed to be at the park for the game. We had all of my local cousins to take care of during the game; along with Naomi, Aiden, Eli, and Hailey. Keeping up with them wasn’t too tough; but it was still hot out and we split our time between the ball diamond bleachers; the playground; and swimming in the river to cool off.
Our second ballgame of the day had our Legal Eagles up against the Pub Parrots. After losing the first game of the season, our Eagles were motivated to play better tonight; and they did not disappoint their fans. The Eagles were the home team, and they were behind by the time it was their turn to bat in the bottom of the first; but only by a run – and they took the lead right back by the end of the inning. It wasn’t a really high-scoring game, and the heat after a long, busy day probably had something to do with that; but it was still also a really good game with some great plays on both sides. Dad had a particularly good game tonight, including one home run and a handful of good defensive plays; and he definitely led our team to the nine-to-five victory.
We had a lot of company back at our house after the game, and quite a few of the parents joined us – the kids and teens – for a swim. There was a post-game party at the pub, so that swim didn’t last long; and Michael, Tim, Rowen, and I were continuing the babysitting. While Michael hadn’t been able to catch up with us until we’d been home again after he was set free from the Inn; I was glad to get to spend some more time with him – even if that was while we were busy watching a gang of kids. His parents went out to the Inn too; but Rebecca opted to stay home on her own instead of hanging out with us – or with Jenny and Joel.
While the parents were out playing with their friends, we kept the kids entertained with music and video gaming. Rowen and I mostly took care of the youngest kids while Michael and Tim kept the boys entertained. All of the kids were sleeping by the time their parents came to get them; and we weren’t keeping any of them overnight because of Father’s Day. That’s also why having a sofa sleepover with Michael wasn’t an option tonight; though I really would have liked to keep him for the night – or go home with him. We didn’t even really get to have much of a goodnight hug and kiss because he left at the same time that Rowen, Tim, and the last group of parents and kids did. It was after one by then; one-thirty by the time I finished straightening up the lounge and my room; and a bit after two now as I’m writing this.
There wasn’t any major family business work to do tonight; I kept the rest of the computer and email checks to a minimum; and I’ll be off to sleep about a minute after I shut down my computer. Ethan and Ehlana will be up early for Dad’s Father’s Day wake-up call; so I need to get all of the sleep I can to be ready for that. I’ll also be helping out at the Inn for the buffets tomorrow too; there’s more work going on at the med center despite it being Father’s Day; and there could be more babysitting to do while that’s going on. I have no idea when Dad’s going to fit in his own lawyer work; but I’m sure he’ll be busy with that too.
I’ll keep you posted on all of that, but this update is now complete; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!