This is going to be a short update because I’m tired and running out of steam fast.
Tai Chi by the river was great; but arrived a bit early for me. My workout for that wasn’t normal, but it was great in a different way; and Brianna giggled her way through our workout while I ‘helped’ her to exercise with us. Her hugs and kisses were great too, and while yes, her one-year old version of a hug is more of a snuggle; she’s very good at them!
Breakfast for our gang of campers was a bit of an adventure, but Mom picked up an early bakery order that included our primary food options; and the rest of the breakfast options were all options that didn’t require cooking and had minimal clean-up. I did help out with the work before and after breakfast; helped to get all of the younger girls ready for the day; and then left the kid control to others for the rest of the morning while I got to work on the weekend chores for the rest of the morning. That included getting more than half of the tents packed up; and then I mowed the lawn while Mom had other volunteers – paid draftees – take care of the gardens. That doubled to keep some of the kids busy for a while too; and then we were all set free for the day after we had another easy-meal for lunch that consisted of self-serve mini-subs, cold salads, and snacks. After lunch, we headed for the park; some of us rode bikes on the trails; others played at the playground; and we all had a blast that included regular cool-down swims in the river.
We were back at home in time for another barbeque dinner; though this one was quite a bit smaller than the one last night. We’re having another camping night too; but only with the cousins and just a few best friends – like Michael, Tim, Rowen, Naomi, and Aiden. It’s been nice to have another decent weather day, and I would have liked to do even more with our cousins today; but another major adventure day just wasn’t in the cards for us today. The quieter evening play time with our parents and grandparents was nice; and the campfire was good too – especially once Michael could join me after he was finished at the Inn for the night.
Rowen and I have the same three junior camping buddies tonight; and we’re all tucked into our sleeping bags much earlier than last night – again because we’re all too tired to stay up later. Most of the younger kids were sleeping before eleven o’clock; we put out the fire not long after that; and we had all of the kids in their sleeping bags by midnight. The teens and tweens had a bit of a wind down chat by the river after that, but we wrapped that up at twelve-thirty; and Rowen didn’t stay awake past one – possibly because the tapping of the keystrokes on my computer lulled her to sleep.
I only had a bit of work to do that came up through my email, but I took care of that fairly quickly; and there’s nothing new to report from the work or usual computer and email checks. It’s been another fun day, but I’ve had enough, and we have one more family day ahead before the cousins head home on Sunday that I want to be rested up and ready for; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!