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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cassie's Journal - July 11, 2015



The top family news of the day is that Uncle Mark’s family left for home this morning; and are back safely in Seattle after a long travel day that was apparently not much fun for the adults with four out of five kids not having a good day with all of the boring that goes along with long waits between moments of extreme busy.

Uncle Mark, Aunt Grace, Violet, and Dillon took care of the driving for that run to the airport; and Aunt Grace and Violet drove Aunt Leanne’s and Mom’s minivans while Uncle Mark used his crossover.  Mom, Dad, Ethan, Ehlana, and I went over to do a quick round of goodbye hugs and kisses this morning; but that was all of the involvement we had with the crazy-busy that was the Everett home this morning.  Caleb was left with Aunt Deborah and Uncle Nick instead of going along; so we didn’t even have any babysitting duties to help out with.

That doesn’t mean that we were bored.  Dad has a lot to do to get ready for his week in the city; and we all had a lot of chores to do today to get ready for our cousins’ holiday that’ll be starting next weekend.  Mowing the lawn yesterday helped a bit; but we still needed to get bikes and canoes checked over; the gardens were freshened up as well as weeded; and the storage barn got a clean-up too.  I wasn’t set free until twelve-thirty, so I basically had time to get showered, change for baseball, and get to the school ball diamond while taking lunch to go to make it there in time for our game against the Sharks.

Our game was amazing for my team; but possibly too hot for the Sharks.  It was definitely too hot out for many spectators; and we had the quietest game of the season so far – at least for the noise level.  We – the Piranha – were the away team today, and that did not work out for the Sharks because we took a two-run lead in the top of the first that we kept and added to through to the end of the game.  I’m not going to add much to the baseball report, since the ten-to-two score pretty much says it all – and Rowen and I were both holding back by the top of the fourth so that it wouldn’t end up being even worse.

Yes, we need to hold back all of the time; but I’m talking about holding back from our ‘normal’ normal game play.

Michael caught the last couple of innings while taking a late break from the Inn, and Tim met up with us after the game to go along for ice cream at the Emporium and a follow-up swim back at my house before Michael needed to get back to the Inn again.  That part of the afternoon was awesome; Ethan and Ehlana came swimming with us too; and then we stayed in the river for nearly an hour after Michael, Rowen, and Tim all moved on.  That, and some sunbathing on the dock took us through until dinnertime; and we did that outside too – with Mom and Dad sitting on a bench by the river while the twins and I sat on the dock with our burgers, cold salads, and drinks.

I helped with the clean-up so that Dad could get started on his work; Mom eventually joined him in the office; and Ethan, Ehlana, and I went for a bike ride and play time at the park before coming home again for another long swim that wrapped up after Michael joined us again and caught the last fifteen minutes of the swim.  We came inside after that, got dried off and changed – into pajamas for the twins – and then we met up in the lounge to watch a movie.  Ethan and Ehlana wanted to go with ‘Home’ for the movie choice; so we were immersed in animated aliens for an hour and a half or so; Michael and I took care of the bedtime routine for my brother and sister that included a visit and bedtime snack with Mom and Dad in the office; and then we got to have a bit of alone time back in the lounge that included not watching another movie.

If you’re expecting this to be when I declare that the Michael and me time was the hottest part of my day; I’ll have to disappoint you.  We had fun, but our play time was of the quiet and cuddly bliss variety instead of hot and heavy – mostly because we were both wiped out after a day either working and playing outside in that heat or working in a very hot kitchen except for a few breaks that didn’t exactly include any rest.  We did manage to stay awake, but when Mom and Dad eventually came up to say goodnight to us at twelve-thirty; Michael decided to head home instead of staying.

Too bad Mom and Dad didn’t make that visit fifteen or twenty minutes later, or we’d have likely been asleep and enjoying another sofa sleepover instead! ;^)

Instead of that, I saw Michael out; came back up to my room; got ready for bed; and then caught my second wind and did an hour or so of family business work before getting around to this update.  I shouldn’t have done that, since it’s going to be another very long, busy day tomorrow too; but that was more productive than lying in bed staring at the ceiling or surfing the web.  I am ready to sleep now, though, so that’s all I have for today; and, until next time...

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