We were up at a bit after four; loaded up the minivan and truck; and then it the road in the pre-dawn light that wasn’t even hinting at the cloudy, sometimes-rainy day ahead of us. Dad was on his own after that for his trip to Crystal Springs, but Mom had Miranda in the van with her and the four younger kids while Jacob had Rebecca, Lucas, Michael, and me in the van with him. The trip to the amusement park wasn’t newsworthy, but the showers in the forecast had us choosing to spend the first half of our day at the water park side of the place; since it didn’t matter if we got rained on a bit while playing in the water anyway.
There was some rain too. It started not long after we arrived and cleared the gates; and we really didn’t mind the bit of extra wet – mostly because we really did only get some light showers and sprinkles instead of anything heavy. I’m sure the boys wouldn’t have cared if it poured, since they did get to spend all of that time with their favorite girls in swimsuits; but let’s not go there. Then again, before I move on from that thought, I’ll not that the sons in our group did find it a bit scary to have their Moms getting a bit too much attention from some of the other guys at the water park. That might have been scarier for Ethan, since Dad wasn’t around, but having Jacob there didn’t keep some of those guys from watching Miranda; so maybe it just wouldn’t have mattered if Dad was with us or not.
Yes, Jacob got noticed by the women too, but Miranda and Rebecca have fun with that; and let’s be honest – who can blame those girls? ;^)
Okay, moving along, we had a blast playing on the water slides and in the various pools and other water features around the park until around one o’clock. After that, we stopped for lunch; and then made the decision to move over to the amusement park for the rest of the afternoon. We took a bit of a chance that there might be more rain, but the percentages were on our side, and though it remained cloudy most of the afternoon; we didn’t get rained on again while we played on our favorite rollercoasters and other extreme rides. The four kids couldn’t do all of the coolest rides, but we took turns going on rides with them or watching them while they went on some of the kiddie rides so that the parents could take turns on the extreme rides too. Miranda and I took turns going on rides with Mom after she was hit on twice by guys looking to pair up with her while waiting in line.
Now that might have been scary for Ethan, since one of those guys was probably closer to my age than Mom; and the other had four tweens and teens of his own.
If you are currently having memory flashbacks to the Brady Bunch or Eight is Enough episodes, then you’re either not reading this far-enough in my future; or you need to have a talk with my little brother if he’s added that sort of thing to our archives!
I’m mostly joking about that, but for all I know, that will be possible; since collecting as much of the total human knowledge is part of the long-term plan for our Magi archives; and television shows and movies are a great way to preserve contemporary culture.
That’s getting way off-track for an amusement park adventure day report; so let’s get back to the news of the day.
We played until dinnertime; headed for the hotel; checked in; and then went out for dinner after getting cleaned up and changed. That meal was at a nice, family-run, Italian restaurant; the kids were happy with pizza; and the rest of us got to enjoy trying out some different dishes that were really great – though we each had at least one slice of pizza too while sampling as many different things as we could in the hour and a half we spent there. Jacob made a new friend and acquired a couple of recipes; so there’s a good chance that we’ll see those dishes in upcoming buffets or even on the menu at the Inn sometime in the future – once he’s had time to experiment with those recipes for a while.
Note to me – don’t turn down any experimental dinner invitations for the next month or two! ;^)
By the time we’d finished eating, we were all running out of steam; so we headed back to the hotel. Mom has her own room tonight, and the teens and tweens are in girls’ and boys’ rooms. Rebecca and I have Ehlana and Naomi with us, and while we were teased about that; the set-up wasn’t to avoid any co-ed sleepovers.
Speaking of that, I have no idea whether the joke will ever get old, but Mom has pictures of Naomi in Ethan’s bed; and she’d tucked herself in with him shortly before the parents stopped by to say goodnight to all of us while we stayed up to watch a movie in the boys’ room. It is still funny now, though; and Naomi really is adorable.
There were some hugs and kisses to go along with that fun before the parents moved on to get some sleep. We watched a fairly-bad action-comedy; and then it took three tries to get Naomi out of Ethan’s bed and on the way to our room because she kept getting away and then jumped back into the bed again. I’m wishing that I could have done that with Michael; but let’s not go there either or I might start thinking too much about going back over to the boys’ room and doing that. Since Michael might have Ethan and Aiden in his bed; that would just be too crowded!
I have Naomi with me tonight, though I’m not in our bed right now because I’m doing my bedtime computing at the desk instead. That was mostly so I could work without being observed by Rebecca; though all three of my roommates are sleeping now. While I didn’t plan on doing much family business work, a few things came up that needed to be dealt with; so I’ve been dealing with that – and couldn’t kick up my work into high gear – not even with any speed-typing. It’s strange to have this be my latest night in a while when it’s on a play day, but then that’s part of the reason I was stuck working tonight instead of earlier in the day. I’ll still manage to get more sleep than I did last night; if not by much. Since the plan is for a full day at the amusement park, with an option for some afternoon water park fun; I should probably just wrap this up and get to sleep soon.
We’ve really had a great day, and while it would have been great to have more of our family and friends along; I’ll admit that it was nice to be able to spend more time with everyone thanks to having a smaller group. There’s still one more day of extreme fun ahead of us, though, and I really do want to be ready for that; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!