Michael and I got to have our sofa sleepover last night, but I also fell asleep as expected during that movie; and we had four junior chaperones because my brother, sister, and their best friends camped out too – all four of them on the floor with piles of pillows and blankets that they’d been using for nesting while watching the shows. Naomi also cuddled with Ethan for at least some of the night; while Ehlana and Aiden only slept close to each other without the cuddling.
Our wake-up call was fairly entertaining; Tai Chi was fun with the bonus exercise buddies; and we had a hot breakfast in the sunroom before Michael went home and Dad headed for work while Mom and I took care of the clean-up. The guys did cook; so don’t take that the wrong way when it was our turn to do that work. It was also my turn to do a morning of chores with Mom too while the twins played with their best friends. Michael was working at home anyway; we’re both way overdue for helping out around our houses; and we preferred to help out all morning and then we took the rest of the day off to play. I cleaned the top two floors except for Mom and Dad’s room; helped out with the laundry; and helped out with a bit of the work on the main floor once I had the easier jobs out of the way upstairs. We had an easy-lunch; and then Michael came over and we went out to play with the twins and their friends for the afternoon.
The temperature climbed into the high forties this afternoon, and while we didn’t have snow to play in; that did mean that biking and playing at the park ere options for us – and we did really love getting to bike some of the trails in the park when that normally wouldn’t be an option in late December most years. Okay, we haven’t had all of those trails at the park for years yet; but you know what I mean. We took a picnic snack along with us so that we could stay outdoors longer without returning or going elsewhere for that snack; and ended up having that little picnic on benches by the falls on the park side on the way back from the trail riding. We followed that up with the playground action and got to do that with quite a few friends from school – both kids and teens that were enjoying the nice weather play opportunity.
Michael and I were at his house for dinner, and since his parents had the day off from the Inn other than the visit Miranda made there to deal with some supply ordering issues; they wanted to have a family dinner with all of their kids – including Lucas and me. Lucas had worked all day on the farm, but they wrap up before dark whenever possible; so we didn’t have to do a late meal – and six-out-of-eight of us were very happy to be there for the gourmet meal that included dishes that Jacob and Jake cooked up for us with a bit of a mini competition between them that required voting on the dishes by the ‘judges’ at the table.
I’m sorry, Jake, but your Dad did win tonight, and if you really think the vote was rigged; then make it a blind taste test next time so we don’t know which of you cooked each dish! ;^)
Taking care of the clean-up was a small price to pay for the awesome dinner; Michael and I stayed for some chat time in the living room once that work was done; and then we headed over to my house again to spend the rest of the evening with the twins. Mom and Dad both needed to do some work in the office; so we came up to my room; the twins joined in for some music time; and then we wrapped up our day with some video gaming in the lounge because the boys were overdue for getting to pick the fun for the night. Michael also kept an eye on the football games, but he’s been really good about that this bowl season; so I’ll cut him some slack on that too. Ehlana and I played some games too, but we were happy to sit and talk when we weren’t taking a turn; and I was good with cuddling with Michael all of the time. Even though it isn’t a school night; we decided to wrap up the play time at eleven; Michael headed home after we took care of getting the twins tucked in for the night; and I only had a short visit with Mom and Dad when they were packing up and heading to bed before coming up to my room again and getting my Jacuzzi ready for some quality tub time for me.
I multi-tasked that with my bedtime computing; ended up with more family business work to deal with than I’d expected to have tonight; and the work continued after I was in bed with Mandy except for the break I took while getting my hair done and ready for bed after getting out of the tub. I didn’t use a time phase tonight because I’m trying to rest up – even if that’s not working out very well for me so far this holiday. We do still have three-quarters of the Christmas break still ahead of us, though; so maybe I will get some rest between now and when we head back to school.
Okay, with the family Christmas on the New Year’s Day weekend in between now and then, that’s more hopeful than likely; but we’ll see what happens!
My work tonight was of the boring business variety, so there isn’t anything newsworthy to report; and that’s pretty much it for tonight. I won’t get much sleep before it’ll be time to get up and going again, but some self-healing will be an option, and some of us are going to get to mostly have another play day tomorrow anyway; so I’ll survive the lack of rest. I am ready to nap now, though; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!