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Summer is almost here! Everyone in Witch Falls is getting ready for the first big holiday weekend that will launch the summer season, and this year; there's a big wedding to add to the mix of fun and work for the Proctor family!
Check back daily to share in the fun and adventure with Cassie, Michael, and their families and friends!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cassie's Journal - June 24, 2017

Okay, I’ve hit the wall; so this is definitely going to be a micro-report.

Michael and I had to be at the Inn early for the breakfast shift, but Mom got up early too and took over kid control so that we didn’t need to move our junior campers indoors before leaving.  I worked until ten; caught the tail-end of Ethan’s ball game and the Blizzard’s win over the Hardware Hurricane; and then Dad and I got started on the yard chores that included packing up the tents and cleaning up the temporary campground.  We had good weather for yard work; I kept at that until needing to get ready for the dinner-to-close shift at the Inn; and had some help from Michael during his afternoon break – though we went for a swim too before I hit the shower and got cleaned up and changed for work.

I missed Michael’s ballgame while working at the Inn, but he and Tim helped their team to get a win today too; with the Lasers earning the lopsided, fifteen-to-five victory over Palmer’s Prisms.  Michael came back to the Inn to work until close after the game; he walked me home; and then we split up for the night because we were both exhausted and needed the extra sleep.  I also had some family business work to deal with too; so just having a sofa sleepover wasn’t an option – though it was very tempting.

That’s all I have for tonight, though, and don’t want to ramble on about anything when I could be sleeping instead; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Cassie's Journal - June 23, 2017

As promised; here’s the double update – and maybe that’s very appropriate; since we’ve pretty much been celebrating the twins’ birthdays for two days!

Thursday morning began with some really awesome wake-up calls – for the boys; since Naomi, Ehlana, and I had fun with doing that – and I put Naomi first for that because it was her idea; and she was most-enthusiastic about helping Ethan to start his sixth birthday with some remember-forever kind of fun!

Tai Chi by the river was pretty good too, but while Michael stayed to do that with us; he headed for the Inn right after that workout so that he could help with the rest of the breakfast shift while Mom and I took care of the birthday breakfast – though he stayed long-enough for Ethan and Ehlana to open their gifts from us.  My brother and sister were happy to do that; had fun with the gifts from Mom, Naomi, and Aiden while having their special breakfast; and then they spent the next couple of hours playing with their best friends while Mom and I took care of the work around the house – including getting everything packed up for a birthday party adventure at Quarry Lake!

Yes, boys and girls; we had our second visit of the week – and summer – to Quarry Lake today; and Mom and I did that with a small gang of kids with support from some other parents helping with transportation or kid control while we were out there from late-morning through until late-afternoon.  Ethan and Ehlana invited three friends each for the day and overnight camping, so Mom and I had eight kids to keep track of with help from Michael while he could do that with us between the breakfast and dinner shifts.  There was bonus grandparent support too, but Grandma and Grandpa mostly helped out with the younger cousins – including when some of them needed naps after lunch.

I’m not going to write about every detail from those hours of extreme but kid-rated fun; since it’ll get boring if I write about rock walls, zip lines, swimming, and biking every time we go to Quarry Lake this year – especially since we all want to do that more-often now that we have more to do there than ever before!  As always, what is important is that the birthday twins and their friends had an amazing day; and I’m glad that I got to share a lot of that fun with them today.  Michael would have liked to spend the entire day with us, but Miranda needed him at the Inn for the dinner-to-close shift; and he picked the Quarry Lake and camping fun over other work options while I took the entire day off to have fun with my family and Ethan’s and Ehlana’s friends.

Michael returned to town earlier than most of us did, but I came home with him; and got started on the birthday dinner prep work while Mom got to stay and play a bit longer with the other kids.  Our cousins and their chaperones were next to get back to town; and I had more help arrive – including from Rowen when she finished work for the day at the computer store.  The cooking wasn’t a big deal, since we were having standard barbeque fare and cold sides and snacks for the meal, but we also set up the tables and chairs in the back yard; added more tents for the camping; and made a run to the Olde Bakery for the cakes and other treats that were mostly for breakfast on Friday morning.

There was a social hour ahead of dinner once the twins were there with their friends; other guests had been invited that weren’t staying for the camping; and Dad surprised the twins by driving home from the city just to be here for their birthday dinner!  That was awesome; but it was also tough for Dad to do that; get his homework done; and get back to the city in time for work in the morning.  The dinner was a hit with the kids; the gifts, cake, and ice cream kept all of us busy for quite a while; and then we had games and prizes going on for an hour after that while some of the volunteers – including Rowen and me – took care of the dinner clean-up that included dunking some little kids in the river to clean them up because that was faster than cleaning clothes and body parts a bit at a time.

We had some short canoe rides after that including visits to the park playground; more swimming near dusk; and then the campfire started as it neared full-dark.  There was a fairly-large gang around the back yard for that part of the birthday adventure, but it was still all about the twins and their friends; so the campfire songs and stories were almost all kid-themed or rated.  Yes, Michael and I had some pop song duet requests from the kids once he joined us after finishing up at the Inn, but those requests came from Ethan, Ehlana, and their friends.  Mom allowed the campfire to go on until eleven o’clock, since it was a work night; and we didn’t want to keep the neighbors up with an all-night party – not to mention that it would have been embarrassing for the seniors if their grad party hadn’t been the best one of the week! ;^)

There were some disappointed cousins and other kids when it came time for them to go home for the night, but Mom had put a strict limit on the campers so that Michael, Tim, Rowen, and I weren’t overwhelmed with too many kids to chaperone overnight; and that worked out especially well for us when we had a bit of a thunderstorm problem in the middle of the night.  I’m getting ahead of the story, but that really was the biggest news for the camping part of our fun.  After we were down to four chaperones and eight kids, we all got ready for bed; had some girl and guy bedtime fun that included the guys trying to scare us while we – the girls – were having our bedtime chat and giggles; and then we were split up into four tents with one teen and two kids in each tent.  Yes, we could have crowded six into each tent, but by then, we’d expected the kids to sleep after a long, busy play day; and that worked out as planned – until the thunderstorm woke all of us at around three-thirty.

For me, that meant after a very short nap, since I ended up doing some work on my computer after Ehlana and Naomi were sleeping, but while a couple of the kids were freaked out by the storm while in tents; we all had fun with the extreme weather experience – even when that was in a thrill ride sort of way for some of us!

That storm didn’t last long, and the kids all went back to bed for a while, but I ended up staying awake long-enough to see Dad off on his way back to the city and have a little chat with Mom before having another nap until the sunrise wake-up call for Tai Chi on Friday morning.  Michael had to work at the Inn for breakfast again, but Rowen and Tim stayed with me to help with the kids; and they took the day off from work – or at least enough of it off so that they could come along for the canoe trip to the whirlpool adventure we did today with the eight kids!

The sky was overcast first thing this morning, but the rain had ended with the thunderstorm; and cloudy isn’t a bad thing when out on the river in canoes – even if things were a bit wet around the yard and at our little campground.  Breakfast was an easy-meal with the bakery treats as the highlight of that meal; Rowen, Tim, and I took care of getting the canoes and gear ready to go; and Mom handled most of the picnic lunch packing for twelve.  We had the work done by the time Michael could join us; we headed upriver with one teen and two kids in each canoe; and had a blast paddling upriver all the way to the whirlpool.  The kids wanted to play in the water first once we were there; we did that for an hour; and then had our picnic lunch before getting back to the water fun and games for another hour before it was time to paddle back home again.

All of that exercise went a long way toward tiring out all eight kids, but that was also the end of the play time for Michael, Tim, Rowen, and me because we all needed to move on to work at the Inn, shop, or computer store once we had the post-canoe-trip work done.  Michael and I were booked for the dinner-to-close shift; so I missed out on another barbeque dinner at home and the co-ed baseball game that Mom played in while Grandma and Grandpa had help for grandchildren kid control from Violet, Dillon, Christina, and Josiah.  I’m sure that they had a lot more fun than I did at work but then we did have a pretty good night at the Inn; and I had a blast working with Miranda, Stephanie, Rebecca, and the rest of the servers.

I suppose that I also had more fun than the Roughriders and their supporters did – at least from the losing the game perspective; but I don’t think it’s fair for me to get any blame for the team losses just because I can’t be there to cheer for them while I’m at work.  Dad took some heat for that too, since he didn’t get back in time to play in the game, but they only lost to the Ridge River Ranchers by a run; so I don’t think it’s a big deal.  Those jokes are sure to continue, since I will be able to cheer for them during their Fourth of July match – especially if they win that game; but I’ll have to keep you posted on that potential joke and story.

For today, I had a good shift at the Inn, did pretty well for tips; and brought Michael home with me after we closed the Inn so that we could let the twins, Naomi, and Aiden talk us into one more camping night.  That had been given parental approval by then, and while Michael and I might have liked to have a sofa sleepover more; the bonus camping wasn’t something we could refuse when that is something that we won’t be able to do with Ethan, Ehlana, and their friends for much longer.  I don’t want to even think about going away to college tonight, though; so let’s not do that.

We didn’t have a campfire, but we did have some bedtime fun with Mom and Dad in the sunroom; some story time with all six of us in one tent; and then a bit more fun when Naomi tried to sneak into Ethan’s sleeping bag; Ehlana and I did the same with Aiden and Michael respectively; and we had some quiet cuddle fun with the boys before heading back to our own tent by a bit after eleven-thirty.  Michael and I were tempted to just stay in the one tent with all four kids, but we didn’t do that; and I needed to be good with that because I had some work to do on my computer once Ehlana and Naomi were sleeping for the night.

I’ve done all of the work that needed to be caught up on now, but it’s late again; and I need to get started on my nap because Michael and I are working the breakfast shift.  We also have more baseball tomorrow; I have chores to help out with around here; and I’m working the dinner-to-close shift at the Inn tomorrow night too.  It will be almost-all-work for me through the rest of the weekend, but after two major play days; that only seems fair – and we won’t get to have more play days than work days most weeks through the rest of the summer – even if that would be amazing if we could do that!

Sleeping does need to be my top priority now, though, and I have covered the major news now anyway; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cassie's Journal - June 22, 2017

Happy 6th Birthday, Ethan and Ehlana!

We’ve had a remember-forever kind of day, but I’m just doing an email check while taking a break from the fun and need to get back to helping with the party, campfire, and camping adventure; so flip the digital page whenever you’re reading this in my future while I get back to playing with my brother, sister, and our friends!

Until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Cassie's Journal - June 21, 2017

Tai Chi and a swim in the pool made for a great start to our day – even though Mom and Dad missed out on that fun while not actually doing nothing that we, the kids, don’t want to know about anyway! ;^)

Breakfast with them at the usual diner was nice too; we packed up after walking Dad to the courthouse; and then did a stop for some perishables that we couldn’t get yesterday before picking up fast food for Aunt Leanne and heading home.  That trip felt a bit weird because we were packed into the minivan and Michael sat in the back with Ethan and Aiden while I was up front with Mom and Ehlana and Naomi had the middle seats; but Michael did get to watch the movie while I talked with Mom about everything from work to our plans for the rest of the week.

We were running a bit behind by the time we got home; so Michael and I had to hurry to get to the Inn for the lunch rush; and didn’t get the van entirely unloaded before doing that.  Mom did have junior helpers, though; so they managed – and Miranda was happy to have us at the Inn to help out with the work there.  She had a lot booked for the day too; which is why I ended up working through until I needed to get to my ball practice.  I was tempted to skip it, but have already missed a game; so I went to the practice and had fun with Rowen and our team mates while Michael worked until close.  That was a hot blast of busy, so going for a cool-down swim after that was a popular choice among the girls on our team; Rowen and I joined in for that; we had the twins, Naomi, and Aiden with us for the water fun; and then I headed home with the four kids while Rowen went to spend the evening hanging out with Tim.

Another last-minute change of plans had me setting up two tents for an impromptu camping night and early start to Ethan and Ehlana’s big day tomorrow.  Mom was okay with the plan because it gave her a kid-free night to stay up late and work in the office; but it’s messed up my day more than a bit because I hadn’t gotten around to any of my family business work while I was busy with everything else I’ve been doing today.  It’s what the twins wanted, though; and I had fun with them – even if that has meant staying up late to work once my two junior campers were sleeping.

We didn’t have a campfire, but Michael and I did have some music and scary story fun with the four kids after he joined us once he was finished at the Inn – and after I’d finished all of the work getting the campsite set up and the personal gear rounded up for Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, and Aiden.  Multi-tasking Silkie’s bedtime walk with the trip for overnight bags helped to get everything done without doing that for half the night; and the play time really was special for all of us – a fact that I’m appreciating more this week after hearing some of the nostalgia at Rebecca’s grad party.  Michael and I have a year left to go; and then we’ll be away from home for most of five years after that.  We’re going to miss out on a lot of the growing up that my brother and sister will do while we’re away; and let’s not even think about the fact that they’ll be tweens by the time I graduate and move home again!

Moving along, we had the music and story fun in ‘our’ tent – the girls’ tent; wrapped that up at midnight; and I had a bit of alone time on one of the benches by the river with Michael once we had the kids tucked in for the night.  Alone was relative, since we did have our junior campers right there next to us, but then we were both tired by then; and I sent Michael off to bed by eleven-thirty because we have a busy day ahead of us starting in a few hours from when I’m writing this right now.

I still needed to get my work done; got to that once I was back in my tent and ready to get busy again.  Those hours of work were great from a business perspective, but very boring to write about – so I won’t do that.  What I need to be doing instead is having my nap before Ehlana and Naomi will have me waking up for Tai Chi by the river.  There isn’t really anything else to add for today’s news – though I am skipping over all of the gossip I heard about while at the Inn today that was mostly about the shopping here at home or in the city – and I did miss out on some great sales around here yesterday.  That would likely bore the male half of the Magi reading this journal in my future anyway, though, and I really do need to get started on my nap instead of rambling on about shoe sales or teen drama; so I’m going to do that while you either flip the digital page and read on or take a break and pick up the story some other time.

That’s a bit weird to think about too, but even Magi Masters can’t read entire books or journals in the archives in one shot; so I’m obviously just mentally drifting off on strange tangents that are just a bit goofy, so I really need to put this computer away and stop the rambling writing before I stop making any sense at all.

Until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!