Friday, June 13, 2014

The Sky's the Limit!

      We all woke up fairy early yesterday and headed out to get some groceries before packing up for what was supposed to be another homeschool park day.  The boys happily rode bikes and scooters playing a Harry Potter game while I packed up the car.  The younger two have taken to pretending they're Percy Weasley, his girlfriend Penelope, the cat Crookshanks, and occasionally Harry, Ron or Hermione.   Since we only have one old Hogwarts robe from the year Evan was Harry Potter for Halloween,  they've taken to using Evan's Batman cape in a pinch.  It was great to see them using their imaginations to role play different scenarios than the ones in the books. 
Yes, we do ride out scooters with capes; don't you? 

Alec wanted to ride his bike with his cape but it was getting stuck
in his wheel. 

Sorry the photos are blurry; but they ride FAST!

     We anxiously watched the clock waiting for the time we were supposed to leave.  We  had our bags packed with bathing suits, towels, and goggles. We had the car packed with sand toys and shovels and we had a small cooler packed with all our lunches.  We were excited to see our usual group of homeschoolers and were even more excited to hear that my sister was coming up with her two boys too.  What could be more fun than spending two days in a row digging in the sand and spending time with friends and family?  The only downside was the weather.  The clouds that have been in our area since last weekend finally thickened, darkened, and eventually started sprinkling; just about the time we got to the park.  It was also pretty chilly-- I was perfectly comfortable in my jeans, t-shirt and cardigan (IN JUNE!).  The boys and I talked it over with my sister and we all decided to pack it in and head to our house instead. 
    The five boys had a ball playing Wii, watching TV, watching YouTube videos and playing with toys.  They all played so nicely together for three hours and would have happily played even longer except my older two needed to get going to karate.  It was a fun day but it passed by in a blur!  My younger nephew was NOT happy to be leaving and I promised they could come and play with us again soon.  Hopefully it will get nice and sunny and warm and we can have a fun day of playing in the lake together.
    Though, I am starting to think that sometime in last week, unbeknownst to me, our house was somehow transported to Seattle since we woke to more rain and cloudy skies again today.  Not to be deterred from our week of fun we decided to head to an indoor trampoline park today.  Since Sky Zone doesn't open until noon we had a nice lazy morning at the house.  The boys disappeared into Ian's room for quite some time and re-watched old episodes of Wild Kratts while playing with their stuffed animals.  They staged battles with their Nurf guns and practiced trying to hit various targets.  Alec locked himself in his room and started reading another chapter book series-- The Secret Zoo.   I took the opportunity to get dinner all prepped and pack our lunches to eat in the car on the long drive there.   Once I finished getting all the food prepped and ready I offered to read another chapter in Harry Potter.  They all readily agreed and ran over to the couch to listen.  When we were done we got ready to head out. 
     We stopped at our library before heading to Sky Zone and picked up a new book on CD to listen to since the boys have been beside themselves in the car wondering what to do without a book to listen to.  We chose to start with the original Percy Jackson series.  We listened to the first two disks of the Lightning Thief today and the boys are, once again busy making predictions.  They're already trying to figure out who the lightning thief might be. 
     We were hoping not to run into any school groups and to beat the summer vacation crowd by going to Sky Zone this week instead of next and it seemed to work just perfectly!  There were a few other groups and families there (and it really started getting crowded at 1:30/ 1:45 when we left) but we mostly had the place to ourselves.  We jumped for an hour and had a ball!  The boys were thrilled when I told them I was jumping too and I let the into talking me into trying out most everything.  They practiced some of their old trampoline moves and tried to encourage me to do more than just jump up and down but since these trampolines can get pretty high and I'm not a huge fan of heights (or falling from them) I mostly just watched and jumped straight up and down trying a few spins, and branching out enough to jump from one trampoline to another (though I did fall twice).  Alec was doing somersaults and flipping off the walls by the time we left!  Ian and Evan practiced Spiderman moves, running on the trampolines and bouncing off the walls.  We jumped into a foam block pit, Alec did front flips off the trampoline into the pit (that kid is fearless!).  Ian took a few turns at jumping on a trampoline and making slam dunks into the basketball net.   The younger two boys pulled blocks out of the pit and made up games.  Alec and I played a quick game of pass while jumping and when we missed the "ball" we'd jump into the pit to get another one.  We played a game of volleyball too.  Evan was setting up blocks in the corners of his trampoline and staging Pok√©mon- type battles.  He place a block or two in the center of his trampoline and tried to get the blocks bouncing high enough in the air for him to catch them just using the motion of the trampoline and his feet.  There were some rules to follow but the boys were free to use their imaginations and make up games.  It was great.  It was so much fun and after an hour we were all tired, sweaty, and planning our next trip there. 
Getting ready to jump in; but getting nice and high first

Alec and Evan in the pit; it's not so easy to climb out though!

Ian gave it a shot

Here's Evan struggling to get OUT! 

Ian trying to slam dunk on the high net;
he did manage to dunk a few on the low net. 

Evan "Spidermanning" off the wall

Alec bounces like a kangaroo up the trampoline strip, off the wall, and back down the trampoline strip. 

    We cranked the air conditioning up in the car to cool off and headed out to finish up our day with a bit of Father's Day shopping.  We went to Target and the boys each picked out a gift for their dad.  We worked together to decide on gifts for the granddads.  We stopped at the movie theatre for gift cards and Alec wound up with a free chapter book that they were giving out.   It sounds like a great book and it was a real nice hard cover copy with a colorful dust jacket on it.  He can't wait to start reading it!  I too read multiple books at time but how he can keep 4 different chapter books straight plus the two we're reading/ listening to together as a family I'll never know. 
    Once our shopping was done we headed to Evan's karate class and I'll be honest enough to say I was having a hard time staying awake!  All the driving through the dreary, stormy weather combined with my daily exercises and an hour of trampoline were all making me wish it was time for bed.  The boys of course looked like they'd be raring to go all night in that way that kids can.  Seriously, WHERE do they get all that energy and why can't I have just a bit of it? 

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