I remember the summer days with the first 3 darling children when summer meant they spent their days playing outside, swimming in a little pool, shooting baskets on the driveway, and eating ice cream on the deck.
The Grunter had a swing too. Just no polka dot outfit.
We’d tried to plan one “fun day” activity each week like going to a $1 movie or rollerskating.
They were so stinkin’ cute.
And even cuter when we added Scary Baby.
Those days are so over.
Returning home from their 5 months in Arizona on their 19th birthday, the darling twins have been home for 30 days.
Oh, so short in so many ways.
And oh, so long in other ways.
Friday, Day One: Drive to airport to reunite with the darling twins while The Grunter calls us seven times as he has to get his new car tag all by himself.
Yes, he did get a replacement after his accident. He is pretty pleased with the new ride that dad just happened to drive by and find for him. We now have 3 shades of blue cars in our driveway.
After our airport reunion and birthday lunch, we stopped by Publix to say hi to The Grunter who has been made to work two jobs for the summer by his mean parents.
Finally home to see more grass, the new lounge, have friends over, a quick run to Taco Bell and a good night’s sleep so they could really get busy enjoying their shortened summer.
Saturday, Day Two: Roger Leroy goes by herself to get her motorcycle permit.* Wizzy spends the day and night with another family. Mom wonders if she has enough x*nax to get through the summer.
*Side note: PhilBillPaul doesn’t think she will pass and she’s not prepared. The five months have obviously dimmed his memory of what the stubborn, circus baby child accomplishes when she wants something. She missed one. Passed with flying colors.
Sunday, Day Three: We gather together at church. Extra-strength prayer time required. Sunday evening birthday present…Rascal Flatts concert. We send all three darling daughters to a concert with two sister friends we’ve known since birth.
Rebecca has been to almost every one of their birthdays. She and Scary Baby share the same birthday.
She and her sister Hannah lived next door to us for 17 years.
It was nice to see the girls go to the concert together.
Monday, Day Four: Scary Baby has 3 day basketball camp at church. She’d rather stay home with her big sisters.
Negotiating Bribery takes place.
Day Five through Thirty: Mom loses track of what day it is and who works what shift and gives up trying to keep anything straight.
The Lazy Days of Summer
Here is what I know they’ve done in no particular order:
Whitewater Water Park
Tubing x2 in North Georgia
Downtown for dinner x2
Going back to work at Publix and…
Drill weekend for Army National Guard and…
4 trips to their college for paperwork (3 in one week) and 2 days working at the college for the Army National Guard.
Summer Movie Time
Some combination of family has seen these movies and the letter grades are not necessarily mine since I’ve only seen 3 on the list:
- Toy Story 3 ~ A
- Marmaduke ~ C
- The A-Team ~ A-
- Iron Man 2 ~ B
- Get Him to the Greek ~ A-
- Knight & Day ~ F
- Grownups ~ B
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ~ B-
- Inception ~ A
- Despicable Me ~ A
- Cyrus ~ A
- Salt ~ B
- Ramona & Beezus ~ A
I don’t think my list is any longer than anyone else’s.
I’m just documenting my exhaustion from their activity level.
How’s your summer going?
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