Carnival

Last Friday was the carnival at Spencer’s school. Spencer had a great time playing games. He did the dunk tank twice, and was successful on the second time. Meg really enjoyed her pony ride.

Oh, what a wonderful weekend

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Meg catching the football

I couldn’t have asked for a much better weekend. Friday evening started off with the typical pizza meal, with Grandma and Grandpa, who just got back from a 3-week trip to move Great Grandma from Chicago out to Arvada. After dinner, we went to the Ralston Valley vs. Arvada West football game, our first time attending a high school football game here in Colorado. When we left at the half, the score was 49-0, RV leading. I felt a little bad for Arvada West. Spencer was glued to the play the whole time, and Meg enjoyed the cheerleaders. I was disappointed that there was no marching bands 🙁 I know that Ralston Valley has a marching band; maybe they just do competitions. I didn’t like playing at football games when I was a kid, but we had to anyways.

Saturday morning the kids played iPad a bit and let me sleep in. After a hearty breakfast of eggs,  we went shopping for a picnic lunch, to bring to Spencer’s flag football game. We are very fortunate that the games are literally behind our house. The kids were so excited they left about 30 minutes early, while I was still packing up the stuff. I was relieved to find them at the game when I got there. (It’s hard letting them grow up and be independent, even if only a couple hundred yards away).

Spencer played really well in his game, but the other team was simply better. They lost 27-0, but they all tried hard. Spencer claims he made 8 tackles, which seems about accurate. After the game, Meg went to see Great Grandma at her new assisted living place, and helped her unpack her jewelry; they also painted their nails. Spencer helped me with some home improvement projects, and we played some catch too. After Meg got back, we went to 7-11 for buy-one-get-one-free slurpees. When we got back, Meg wanted to see if the kids on the block could play, and they did. They played for a couple hours, until it was past dinner time for all the families. One of their favorite games was pouring water through a pool noodle.

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Neighborhood water fun

After dinner, I gave Meg a quick bath, and while I got her ready for bed, Spencer gave himself a bath. We watched one episode of Wild Kratt’s, and then they both fell asleep quite quickly.

This morning I was gently awakened around 7:15 by the sounds of my children laughing. I think they were tickling each other. By the time I got up around 7:45, it had gotten quiet. I had expected to find them with the iPad (which I frequently hide) or with the tv on, but they were just happily playing games in the basement. We had some breakfast, then got ready for church. For the first time in recent memory, both kids went to their Sunday school classrooms without much fuss (Spencer usually comes to the service with us). It was good, because I got roped into ushering at the last minute.

On the way home from church, we stopped by Kohl’s to get Spencer some church-appropriate pants. We had a little lunch, and then the kids started playing together nicely again – now Spencer was teaching Meg how to catch a football! Spencer has been really into sports lately, and Meg is not very much, so it is really nice when they can find something to do together. They played nicely for some time while I did the dishes. Then we went to get another round of slurpees, because it was the last day of the buy-one-get-one-free deal, and it’s the weekend. Spencer went over to his friend Ryan’s to play for awhile. Meg rode her bike with training wheels, which she has just recently started to ride. On the way back from dropping them off, just as her confidence was growing, she crashed! I saw it coming as she came to a curve in our cul-de-sac, but I wasn’t quick enough to catch her. She was fine though, and we snuggled for a while and watched some movies.

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Spencer throws the football to Meg

After we picked up Spencer from Ryan’s house, we headed over to Grandma and Grandpa’s for dinner. Great Grandma joined us; she was very impressed by Spencer’s football abilities.  Spencer, Dave, and I played some football after dinner, taking some time-outs to give Meg some attention while she played on the swing set, including some zombie apocalypse pretend play.

Upon arriving home, the kids each got to choose one short tv show to watch, and then off to bed. I’m not sure what I did to deserve such a great weekend. The only thing that was missing was Clare. She is hard at work getting her business off the ground in California. We miss you, but we’re really proud of you!!

Window wipers

Meg and Spencer helped me clean the glass on the new storm door I installed yesterday.