Mini Stay-cation (Life After Layoff – Chapter 14)

The kids last day of the school year was June 3rd and Ann’s birthday was the following day.  Frank had taken some vacation days off of work Wednesday – Friday, so we have had a mini stay-cation.

Frank was able to attend the awards and field day activities that the school has on the last day of school.  I know the kids loved having him there as much as I did.  After school was out, we took the kids to the local pool for the first time this summer.  We spent an hour trying to convince Christopher to get in the water.  We got him to go in a couple of times.  Yay!

Thursday we celebrated Ann’s birthday as a family.  We went to the zoo in the heat of the day.  Boy, was that a bad idea.  I had gotten overheated the day before, so this zoo trip had to be called short due to Mom feeling nauseous.  So we went home and opened Ann’s presents and ate cake.  While I recovered in the air-conditioned house, the kids ran through the sprinkler out front.  (and got into more fights with the neighborhood kids!)

Friday was a better day for me.  I had gotten rest and was cooled down, so we took another trip to the local pool.  We were able to get Christopher in the pool more, once we borrowed a life-preserver from the pool.  It was a fun day and it was great to have the whole family spend some time at the pool.

Saturday was Ann’s birthday party with her classmates.  We had planned to have the party at a different community pool.  This pool is free of charge and goes from 1/2 ft to 3 ft.  I suppose those two factors explained why the pool was packed when we got there.  When I say packed, I mean it had hit its maximum capacity level.  Thank God the park where the pool was at also had a splash pad.

We spent about 30 minutes getting wet in the splash pad, then moved over to the pool.  Ann had a couple of her classmates and their siblings attend the party.  We swam for about 30 – 45 minutes and then the life guard said we all had to get out.  Someone had vomited in the pool and the water had to be cleaned and treated.  It was about 3:00pm by then, which was when I planned to have cake and presents.  So the party moved to the playground area.

We ate cupcakes and played for a bit. Then Ann opened her birthday presents.  Before we knew it, it was 4:00pm and the party was over.  Ann was tired and wanted to go home.  So we loaded up the cars and headed home.  The older kids were upset they didn’t get to swim for long, so after we unpacked the cars we took the kids to the local pool down the street.  It was a good day.

We wrapped up the weekend by going bowling on Sunday after mass.  The kids had a good time bowling with Frank.  They didn’t understand how Dad could keep getting strikes.  All in all, it was a good and busy stay-cation.   🙂


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