We filled up our days with the Amarillo crew! Emery wanted to do a craft so I suggested my go-to project: pop-up cards. Elle and I have made several so I feel a little bit accomplished in that one crafty area. LOL Emery and I found some Easter cards that looked pretty simple and we enjoyed working together. We also played a matching game and she beat me 22 to 7. That girl has a fabulous memory. Or Gigi’s has really declined! Grandpa taught them to play “Go” on his iPad and made some paper airplanes with Luke.
One day we all went bowling and had a blast. Since there were so many of us, we only bowled one game; I felt like I was just getting warmed up and would have done better if we’d bowled another. 🙂 Bonnie won, of course–we always have to brag about her being a state champ when she was little. She will never live that down. I was on tap to have the second highest score but Rich came back at the end and beat me by three pins. Somehow my score did not get photographed with everyone else’s so I guess I could have claimed that I won. 🙂 As you can see, none of us are great bowlers! Bonnie suggested Rich and I should join an old people’s league and make new friends.
Emery and Luke rode bikes and I pushed Ada in a stroller to the park near their house one evening. I was a nervous wreck with them riding their bikes but we did okay! They love to go to the park and had a good time playing, plus we met several people with dogs so they got to pet the dogs and throw a ball to one of them. Always a bonus! They met an older guy with one arm and that was also interesting. You never know what kids will say but he volunteered first, “I bet you’ve never met a man with only one arm!” Luke tried to touch him and asked if the rest of his arm was inside his shirt. I’m sure the man has fielded all sorts of questions from kids before because he was not the least bit bothered by any of it. He asked them if they always wear their seatbelts because he lost his arm in a car wreck. They were quite fascinated by that!
Another day, we went to the public library for a St. Patrick’s Day activity. The kids had a great time doing more crafts, joining a scavenger hunt, and the highlight of the day was supposed to be making “gold slime” at the final station. Apparently the volunteers working there did not know how to make slime because no one’s would firm up. Luckily the kids were not too disappointed and moved on to doing some coloring pages. They checked out a bunch of books, then we had to read all the books when we got home. I love it that they love to read, even if my eyes were starting to close by the time we got to the 5th or 6th book! Emery is already a great reader in 2nd grade, reads with emotion and proper inflection and knows how to use punctuation as she reads. I was also impressed with how well Luke knows his math facts (Kindergarten) and can add pretty big numbers in his head. Ada is such a talker and showed me how she can print her name. I told her she’s lucky to have a short name with just two letters to learn. 🙂 They are all really smart kids and have funny personalities that keep us laughing.
I went with Bonnie to donate blood for one of her friends. I used to donate pretty often when I lived in Abilene but we had nowhere to donate in Unalaska, so it had been many years. They were happy to see me since I am O-Negative, universal donor. We had a long wait since the blood center was busy (a good problem to have) so we were there a couple of hours. Bonnie and David have been involved with the blood center since Emery was a baby and received some platelets while hospitalized for cancer. There’s a really cute photo of Emery and another of her with her parents along the wall at the facility (along with other kids the center has helped). Made me kinda teary-eyed to remember those scary days.
Our last night, we stayed with the kids while Bonnie and David went to dinner and an overnight stay at a B&B for their 13th anniversary. We told the kids it was PWP Night (Party without Parents); we ordered pizza, had ice cream, watched a movie, played Mexican Train and Rack-o, and read books in bed. We let them stay up late which was probably a good move because they all went to sleep pretty quickly and slept through the night. Bonnie and David returned the next morning and we headed back to Dallas. It was a quick trip but a good time, as always!
And you never know what you’ll see at a pit stop on the way home.