Ty's final bucket list item was to sleep outside. A buddy was up for the adventure, even packing a survival guide to insure success and two hours later? They were in my living room because it's scary outside once it's dark.
Kate was invited to King's Island with a friend on Tuesday because she loves roller coasters and this friend needed a ride companion. I took Ty and Lane out for a day of rowdy play and video creating. Ty has his own youtube channel now and believes despite his lack of advertising, he has fans very interested in his life. It's hilarious to watch. I took these two to the local trampoline park and discovered them interviewing kids they didn't know for their channel. I was dying as kids followed them around like they were celebrities. Ty keeps saying his dreams have come true because he is a famous youtuber. He has six followers. They are all family.
A trip to the local amusement park has been on the calendar for about a month because Kate added it to our bucket list and wanted her best friend to join us. We hadn't counted on a last minute invitation to King's Island the day before so I was hesitant. But after a lengthy doctor's appointment that morning for me and peeling Ty off the floor with pleas he will find something he likes at the park, we created a new plan. Ty ended up with a babysitter and I took a book and two teens Wednesday afternoon. The gorgeous weather and the book were going to make my bench riding tolerable while the girls rode death traps. In line for the very first ride, Kate started feeling ill. Grace rode that ride alone and we got Kate a Pepsi in hopes it would settle her stomach. We then attempted a second ride and once again, Kate didn't make it through the line. So we sat for 40 minutes deciding whether or not she was going to improve and in the end, we left. I spent over $100 for a single ride and a Pepsi. As disappointing as it was, I am grateful it happened on our day rather than at King's Island with her other friend.
Still trying to read my book, my people or their animals are constantly interrupting. I shouldn't complain. I read two books last weekend. I suspect everyone is tired of being ignored.
We celebrated Makenna's 19th birthday on Thursday with her requested breakfast for dinner and I was finally able to give her the gift I've held onto for months. She loved it as much as I thought she would and the Mary Poppins soundtrack from Goodwill was an awesome addition.
We also visited the botanical garden against my son's strongest objections before his open house where he received several hugs from school staff. Despite how he feels about school, he is well loved there. But that botanical garden? Kate and I will return. We could have easily wandered the gorgeous trails for hours.
Friday we saw the doctor for this. He swore he was itching at the botanical garden and I didn't believe him. He also swears he is allergic to school and we went there Thursday too. But he wore his night vision glasses to the doctor and amused the entire staff. He has a fan club there but is blissfully unaware. Anyway, he has contact dermatitis and the rash will likely be sticking around for awhile. I am somewhat suspicious he actually had a serious bought of nerves and his body reacted. He doesn't love school and is pretty anxious about returning.
We were no sooner home than he was invited to swim with a friend and also joined another for Lego play. Nothing slows this boy down.
Greg spent Saturday smoking a brisket while I volunteered to make meal packs for the homeless in our community with some friends at church. And then I accompanied Erin to the Home Depot where she purchased the flooring for her condo. I no longer have access to my garage as the girls accumulate furniture for their new spaces. August is going to be a bit of a mess with renovations and two separate moves but once the dust settles, our home should be a lot lighter.
Sunday we hosted our small group and their families for dinner after church. Greg's brisket was of course the highlight. The timing wasn't perfect to have an extra 20 people in the house while preparing for back to school tomorrow but we had a good time. And now we start the school year bedtime routine for a Monday start date. Why the scheduling gods selected to begin on a Monday is beyond me but here we are none the less.