It’s been the hottest day of the year so far today; so playing in the river a lot was definitely part of the fun for us – including after Tai Chi; and after Rowen and I were finished our baseball practice tonight.
We have our big shopping trip in the morning; so I’m going to keep this update very short.
Michael was helping out at the Inn for breakfast, so he wasn’t with us for Tai Chi. I was okay with that, since the trade-off was that he got to hang out with me for most of the day until he needed to be back at the Inn to help with the dinner rush. My post-exercise swim was with Ethan and Ehlana; we had breakfast with Mom and Dad; and then I helped Mom out around the house until Michael was set free – and Rowen and Tim met up with us at my house too. We went biking on the trails at the park for a while; had some playground time with Ethan and Ehlana; and went for two long swims before lunchtime. It was seriously hot by then, so our afternoon included some general goofing off while doing as little as possible; and a lot more swimming and floating around in the river until Michael needed to get cleaned up and head back to the Inn.
Rowen and Tim headed off to do their own thing until Rowen and I had our ball practice; and I helped Mom around the house again until dinnertime – including helping her with the cooking. We had everything ready for when Dad got home from the office; so I had time to eat and help with the clean-up before meeting up with Rowen and going to play baseball. That was a too-hot workout, but it was cooling down a bit by then; so it wasn’t as bad at the late afternoon practices were for the younger kids. The swim was still welcome; and Michael, Tim, Ethan, and Ehlana joined us for that before Rowen and Tim again went off to do their own thing for the rest of the evening.
Michael stayed; we did a Magi lesson with Mom; took care of getting Ethan and Ehlana to bed after watching a show with them in the lounge; and then Michael and I had a bit of alone time to spend together that was fairly hot and a great way to end one of those really good days. Michael needed to head home by midnight, since he’s working the breakfast shift again for the buffet they’re putting on for the shoppers, and the only downside for him that came along with staying late to play with me was that we were getting hit with fairly strong thunderstorms by then. He got soaked while running home; but I’m fairly sure that he still thought our play time for two was worth getting a bit wet over. ;^)
I should mention that Mom finalized the shopping trip groups and details tonight. We’ll have seventy-seven girls going to Crystal Springs; and just two boys – Ethan and Aiden. They’re still a bit young to have to worry about their reputations with the other guys their age, but Ethan did pick coming with us over staying and spending the day with Grandpa; and Aiden agreed to come along this year to keep him company. I’ll do the rest of the shopping report tomorrow, and don’t really have anything else major to add to this update; so let’s just wrap it up and call it a night. Tomorrow is going to be a very long day; and I’ll need the extra rest to have any chance of keeping up with most of my favorite shopping buddies.
Until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!