Happy 21st Birthday, Stephanie!
Happy 5th Birthday, Sophia!
This is going to be a micro update because I’m only home long-enough to pack a bag for camping. That’s right; I’m camping tonight – with a small gang of mostly four and five-year old kids! I won’t get my work and studying done, but couldn’t say no to Sophia when she asked to camp instead of having her sleepover indoors thanks to the nice weather. I need to get back to the Bassett’s temporary campground, though; so let’s get this done!
Tai Chi by the river was great; and breakfast at the Inn was even better. That was our only involvement in Stephanie’s birthday; and we did that with a video chat while having breakfast with both her family and Jake’s. Jacob and Miranda had to juggle work while joining in for that; but they’re pretty happy today as the countdown to when Jake and Stephanie will be home is being done in days for the parents – and possibly hours for one or two of them.
I have nothing major to report from school, so while we had a pretty good day; it was the after-school action that had the fun level kicking up a few notches again. Michael and I were assigned to help with Sophia’s party instead of working the dinner shift at the Inn; so we headed there after school with Jessica and Ryan. Michael’s aunt and grandmother put us right to work while others took care of the kid control for a while – and part of that work was setting up tents. That really was a last-minute decision – and it caused some issues with the kids because the guys hadn’t originally been staying for the sleepover part of Sophia’s party; but didn’t want to miss out on the camping. That’s why Michael and Ryan are taking care of the boys that are staying for the camping – including Ethan and Aiden. Jessica and I will take care of Sophia, Ehlana, Naomi, and the other girls; so we’ll all be busy for the rest of the night.
Okay, I’m running out of time, so let’s rush the rest of this.
Michael and I worked to set up the campground; get a campfire prepped; and helped with making dinner and getting it ready to serve in the back yard too. After that, we were on kid control to help get all of the kids fed and keep the dinner part of the party going. The gifts, cake and ice cream, and the rest of the usual birthday party action around dinner was a fairly wild event for the adults and teens trying to keep up with all of the kids, so while we had fun; it was really tiring too. I won’t be getting any rest for a while yet, though, since we are about to get a campfire started and Michael and I are in charge of the entertainment; but I’ll let you know how that – and the camping – goes with the next update.
We should be in for a very interesting night, and while camping will be fun, there will not be any teen tent swaps going on tonight; so the fun and excitement will definitely be kid-friendly! ;^)
Okay, that’s it for now. Wish me belated luck, since this camp-out is happening long before you’ll read this journal! It really is time for me to get back to the birthday and camping fun; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!