Last Sunday, Ari woke up asking to make a helmet to wear when she rides one of her horses, Secretariat. She designed the helmet, worked with Robert to build it, and then had me cover it in foil to meet her specifications. The randomness that comes from this child is always astounding!
If you ask Trip to go pick out something to wear for the day, you can pretty much guarantee that he'll come back down the stairs in a red and blue combo. I present you with Doodle's summer uniform:
After what seemed to be a never-ending baseball season, we celebrated Ari's last game on Tuesday night. I was trying really hard to be on a diet this week, but Robert talked me into Fuddrucker's. I didn't feel so bad for eating my cheeseburger instead of a salad because the awesome worker discovered we were both teachers and he went to my rival high school, so he gave us our entire meal for free! I thought that was so incredibly kind and very unexpected!
We have a summer schedule that we stick to for the most part during the week, but it includes a movie after lunch when it's too hot to be outside. Somebody likes to move it, move it!
We get a new "guy" every summer, and this year, it's Jack the Alligator. Apparently he wanted to watch the afternoon movie and enjoy the A/C with us.
The alligator made it into the pool, and then a creeper showed up to watch it!
We've also built in some quiet time to our summer schedule, so after a short-lived game of Jenga, the Roo got to building.
She then turned the camera on me enjoying my quiet time!
On Wednesday, we had sunscreened up to hit our pool, and the pool guy walked into the backyard to fix our pool light! On Thursday, we had sunscreened up, and the pool guy was back for our weekly cleaning! So, we hit the neighborhood pool before dinner on both nights and enjoyed the slide and diving board.
In the summer, we finally have enough time to take what the kids call, "night walks." We stopped at one of the 5 parks in our neighborhood. The kids quickly got going on their American Ninja Warrior practice!
We had some swim team buddies come home after practice on Friday morning, so we ended up blowing up the rest of the critters in our arsenal. It's a jungle in that pool!
My librarian friend sent me this post from our friends at Good Steward Global Initiative who are in Africa for the summer establishing libraries. My students held a chess set drive and a book collection to help stock the libraries that are being created in Africa by Good Steward. I'm so proud of my students, and I love that we are able to witness the enjoyment of their hard work an ocean away!
We had our last regular swim meet of the season on Saturday. And then, on Sunday, my mom and I went to try to make one of my dreams come true. We auditioned for Wheel of Fortune! I went back to my high school days of making random t-shirts and made these for us:
We showed up early for the first game on Sunday with a couple hundred other people. My mom got photographed by some press lady taking pictures!
The Pat and Vanna for the auditions were super enthusiastic and pumped up the crowd!
They pulled up 5 people every 10 minutes to play.
They did contestant interviews and then played the game like they do on the final spin of the show.
We didn't get our names called, and the second game had at least three times as many people auditioning. People were getting a little too invasive of our space, so we called it a day. There's a chance that I could still be called if they do a random drawing from the forms in a few weeks. Fingers crossed!
I'm off to a GT workshop today while the kids get a day with their grandparents! I hope you have a great week, and I'll see you back here tomorrow for a double post Tuesday! See you soon!