My day started with Tai Chi by the river without Michael while he was at the Inn for the breakfast shift, and while I missed out on those good morning hugs and kisses with him; that worked out for us because Michael didn’t have to go back to work after baseball practice to work again until close. That worked for us because I brought him home with me for some cuddling in the lounge; and some quality make-out time was involved in that bit of wind-down time.
With Ethan and Ehlana away overnight too, our morning exercising was still fun with just Mom, Dad, and me; and we had fun at breakfast with Violet and Dillon too. After cleaning up, we collected Ethan and Ehlana on our way to the lab; and I spent the morning working on the family business in the archives while Ethan played with his books; Mom did some systems work for the lab computers; and Ehlana played in the lab with Dillon – and Uncle Adam once he got there from helping out at the med center for the first hour and a half of the morning. That was fun for me; I was glad to get my work out of the way by lunchtime; and then Ethan, Ehlana, and I had the afternoon off to play. Michael joined us for that play time during his afternoon break; our fun included some playground and biking action at the park; some swimming; and an ice cream run to the Emporium before Michael needed to be back at the Inn again to help with the dinner prep work.
While Michael worked again until the start of his ball practice, I went home with the twins; helped Mom with making our own dinner; and then we had to rush dinner and the clean-up a bit when Dad and Dillon were both late getting home from work and we ran out of time to get to our respective practices – or needed to get together with friends for play time at the park. I’m including Violet and Dillon for that; though their ‘friends’ were all five or younger as they helped with kid control while the parents were busy – with some grandparent support.
My ball practice went well-enough, but I wasn’t all that motivated to play hard today. We have another week to get ready for our next game, and while Carolyn was as fired up as usual; I think that had as much to do with her upcoming departure for college – or more specifically; for her sports training. When you think about that, it’s a bit funny; since there’s a good chance she won’t be here for the rest of our games – especially if she can’t come home for the holiday weekend. We’ll try to muddle through without her, though; and we do still have a pretty good team even without our best player.
Rowen and I met up with Michael and Tim at the park because we were finished our practice first; and then we all came back to my house to go for a swim that the twins, Naomi, Aiden, and some of the parents joined us for after hot, dusty practices or playground adventures that had all of us ready to cool off in the river. That was fun, but while we were tempted to hang out with Rowen and Tim tonight; they were even more interested in going off on their own for some alone time than Michael and I were; so they headed over to her house when the rest of the parents and kids went home too. Mom and Dad went to work in the office; Violet and Dillon went out for a while; and Ethan and Ehlana went to bed; so Michael and I were alone on the third floor when we got to the lounge – though we split up long-enough to get dried and changed before doing that. We didn’t really watch the movie we picked; had fun with the make-out time; and then Michael headed home at a bit after eleven because we’re both going to have a busy day tomorrow – with another early start for him that won’t include Tai Chi by the river.
I haven’t mentioned it much, but the football training is ongoing – even with the days off due to birthday camping nights. I’m not involved in that at all right now, but Michael is working it into his schedule around work at the Inn too; and Tim is getting a decent turnout with the other guys – even when that messes a bit with working on farms for some of the guys. We don’t need to get into football mode yet – or at least I don’t need to do that; so let’s not add anything else to this report about it. I’m sure there will be too much football in these updates soon-enough; and we’ll all be tired of it by the end of the year!
Moving this along, I had a quick shower after Michael left; hopped into bed with Mandy once I was ready for bed; and only did the basic email and computer check after that before getting to this report. It’s nice having the work done early; and even better to be able to go to sleep before midnight again tonight. It’s been fun, but the extra rest makes it easier to keep up with the work and play – especially when we’re as busy as we are this week. I’m going to be glad for that extra down time over the next few days, but I can write about that in future updates, and I am ready to sleep now; so, until next time...
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