We’ve had such an awesome day; I guess the only place to start is at the beginning.
Wake-up calls for Tai Chi are more fun when they involve hugs and kisses with Michael! ;^)
That didn’t happen in my room, since my wake-up call came from Ehlana and Naomi; and they didn’t come with me when I went to Michael’s room. We had fun with that; but still managed to make it downstairs to the kitchen by the time Mom and Dad were there – and had put their first pot of coffee on to brew. It was warm outside this morning, but the humidity had broken overnight; so it almost felt cool by comparison to the extreme heat yesterday. Tai Chi by the river was fun, thanks mostly to having Naomi and Aiden with us today too; and then there was the added bonus that we got to catch part of Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne’s workout as we were finishing up and they were just getting started by the river at their house. We don’t actually time our workouts very well most days; so it was wonderful to see Aunt Leanne. She’s as beautiful as I thought that Mom was when she was still working out every morning right up until the day the twins were born.
Speaking of Aunt Leanne, she’s probably worked her last day for the rest of the summer today; though I won’t be surprised if she goes into the office for regular visits now and then. I didn’t mention it yesterday, but in addition to the new med center opening; the second new apartment building was opened for early move-ins too. Dealing with those rentals has been a big part of the work that Aunt Leanne and Claire have been doing for the past couple of months; and it’s also why Aunt Leanne can wrap up her work ahead of month end – the majority of moves are happening early; and the apartments and rental houses that are being vacated will take months or even years to rent out again.
Moving along, Mom and Dad had eight kids and four teens to feed this morning; and it ended up being Mom, Rowen, and me on the cooking crew while Dad, Michael, and Tim juggled getting ready for the day with helping out with kid control. I think that the girls got the easier of those two jobs – and the added bonus of getting out of the clean-up work too! Breakfast was in the dining room because we cooked pancakes and bacon; but Rowen and I didn’t actually spend much time in there; since we just kept on cooking food until the most-ravenous boys were filled up.
Yes, Tim and Michael were included in that group of boys; but Miles was also particularly impressive with his ability to devour pancakes while trying to keep up with Tim. He didn’t succeed, but if he had; I’d have guessed that it’d be less than an hour before he’d have been going for a visit to the med center to deal with the exploded stomach. While that is an exaggeration; Tim really can eat a lot when he’s hungry – and it’s no wonder that the Landry boys have a reputation for their ability to eat food.
Dad had to get to work; four out of six of the kid guests were picked up by parents; and Mom was going to be spending the morning at home with the twins, Naomi, and Aiden. Once the clean-up work was finished and Rowen and I had gotten ready for the day too; we were advised that we were free to do whatever we wanted to do for the rest of the day – at least until Michael and I needed to be at his house for dinner and a wedding meeting. It took us about ten seconds to decide on a bike trip to Quarry Lake, and a half hour to get ready to go; and then we were on our bikes and heading out of town.
The ride out there was great – not too hot for riding; and fairly quick because we were in the mood to push ourselves to see just how fast we could do the ride this year now that we’re all a bit taller and stronger. Quarry Lake was fairly busy for a non-holiday week; and I’m sure that had everything to do with the new attractions there. The rock wall and zip line certainly had a lot to do with why we wanted to go there today – and it was one of the first things we did there after locking our bikes up and going for a walk around the place on our way over to the rock wall.
While the rock wall and zip line staff told us that they already needed to book times for their customers, we lucked out with an open slot that was a cancellation for our first climb; and then we booked a second climb and ride for the afternoon. Rowen and I won that first climb up the one hundred and ten foot wall, and while we were very happy about that; Tim advised us that he and Michael let us win because they were having too much fun watching us climb in shorts and tees.
I detected the danger of a long-running joke being born with that today; and Tim reinforced that this afternoon when Rowen and I won that climb too. True, he’s only half-joking about that, but I also know that he likes to win as much as I do; and he was not slacking off while we were climbing. We weren’t even officially racing anyway, but I’ll also mention that we’re not even talking about winning by much; since Michael and Tim are both really good climbers too – especially when you consider that we don’t have much experience at all.
The zip line is a blast too – three hundred yards of adrenaline-pumping thrills that start out high above the campground with a great view and ends with a quick deceleration into a narrowing channel that terminates on a large wooden deck. I have no idea whether the big, red splatter poster on the tower wall at the end of the line is common for zip lines, but from what we’ve seen and heard so far; the teens and kids think it’s funny – especially since the ‘blood spatters’ are overlaid on a chalk outline of a sprawled body.
After the climb and zip line ride, we were ready for a swim; and spent the rest of the morning playing in the lake and on the slides. Tim advised us that the girlfriends in swimsuits time was his favorite part of the day, and while he and Michael were suitably impressed with our swimsuit choices today; we were having fun with everything we did while at Quarry Lake. We’d wanted to travel as lightly as we could for the bike rides, so we bought our lunch, drinks, and snacks today instead of hauling all of that with us; and that also meant that we didn’t need to spend a lot of time doing any work or clean-ups. Our afternoon climb and zip line ride was just as much fun as the first one; and we had more water play time too before it was time to head home again.
Our return ride was a bit slower, but only because we didn’t want to push it again – and didn’t need to do that. We took more back roads back home too; mostly so that we could ride in pairs and talk more easily than we can while riding on Quarry Road in single file. There’s some construction on Quarry Road too, so we avoided most of that too by taking the back roads.
That work, by the way, is partly for the Solar-Wind farm, since they’re running underground lines into town; but they’re also resurfacing the road since that work was going on anyway. The road will be a bit wider, and while that isn’t specifically for cyclists; that was one of the considerations when the plans were drawn up. There isn’t going to be a fully-paved shoulder; but there will be a wide strip of paving that will be perfect for biking while keeping the cyclists and vehicles separated.
Michael and I were having dinner with his family – and with Stephanie and her parents; so that meant waiting until after the furniture store closed for the day. We were back in time to help out with the work, and while that wasn’t Quarry Lake kind of fun; we managed to keep entertained. Dinner was great too, but short for the two of us that needed to get to the church for our teen praise team practice. It’s the last one that we’re having before the holiday; and ended up being a short practice because half of the teens didn’t come to it because they were either working, away, or busy doing something else.
That practice meant missing out on part of the wedding meeting; but Michael and I were given a micro-update on what we missed when we got back; and we were there for most of the work that had been booked for the evening. We had the parents and full wedding party there for the meeting and work; so I especially loved getting to spend some time with Josiah, Christina, Mitch Bassett, and Lynn Jennings. Christina isn’t in the wedding party, but Josiah is; so we get the bonus help – just as we also get Lucas helping out when he can; though he couldn’t get away from the farm tonight.
We worked until the parents were ready to call it a night at eleven; Michael and I went for a bedtime swim; and then I headed home by midnight – after we’d spent a bit of quality time saying goodnight to each other. Violet and Dillon were home by then; but everyone else in the house was already in bed – and I only talked with them in passing on my way to my room; since they were getting ready for bed by then too.
I’d write something about it sucking to have to go to bed early because of summer jobs; but tomorrow is going to be a work day for me too – just as it will be for Michael, Tim, and Rowen. Violet and Dillon won’t need to work as hard now that the med center is open; so I hope that they get to have a bit more play time – even though there will also be more work for the wedding starting the week after the holiday.
Since getting into bed with Mandy, I’ve been doing my nightly computing and a bit of family business work, but since I’ll be working tomorrow too; there wasn’t much that I had to do that couldn’t wait until morning. There weren’t any non-work emails to deal with; and the rest of my computer checks didn’t take long. I’ll still keep up with the latest news of all types, but there isn’t really any pressure to make sure that I’m in the loop for the latest in sports, entertainment, or current events news like I try to do at school.
Just in case you’re old and have forgotten; it can be a lot of work to successfully survive being a teen – even for a Magi Master! ;^)
That does pretty much bring us to the end of this update. My work day tomorrow won’t likely be very exciting by comparison to the past five or six days; but a break in the non-stop fun for a day or two will be good for me. Rowen and I should definitely rest up so that we’ll be ready for the start of summer shopping trip to the city we’ll be doing on Friday. I haven’t even written about that yet, but Mom has been working on it; and we’re going to have a fairly large group of girls going with us again this year.
I can write more about that as the trip details are finalized over the next two days, and I’m ready to get some sleep now anyway; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!