We’ve made it to our destination – Gig Harbor, WA.
All family all the way.
We got up this morning at Lucas and Betsy’s and were off early for SHOPPING. We had done some shopping yesterday and then, since we are trying to get food for 24 people for 5 days, shopped and shopped some more.
As I write this late into day two someone has gone to the store many times already for items on the list and forgotten and items that never made it to the list. I can see into the future…more trips to the store.
Night one, Pizza Night!
Good morning…and the adults awaken to a dorm-wide pillow fight. It was the smaller kids vs Caleb and Xander. Caleb and Xander had themselves barricaded in the game room and only came out for sneak attacks.
Then the smaller kids hatched an underhanded and entirely clever plan. They sent Jack up to the door who pleaded ‘let me in let me in and it can be the boys against the girls’ so Caleb and Xander opened the door and all the girls poured in on the attack.
We again had the pleasure of Betsy’s stretching class this morning followed by Travis teaching us all a grappling move that was a total kick (kick…ha!). I have the name of the move but it’s in the car so I’ll write it soon!
I think this was bacon and eggs morning with the four trays of baked bacon slabs which were yumm yumm good.
Christa, Caleb, Travis, Jack, Xander, Beth, Trevor, Charis, Anya
After our always happy help-yourself breakfast (although we did have Pancake Morning and Bacon and Eggs Morning) we got arranged for our Mystery Theater Performance. Everyone had parts and it was great fun.
Then the plan was to take lunch to the beach and have a surprise activity for Anya whose birthday was the next day but everyone was feeling it for staying in, this being our last day so we did our…
Finally FINALLY! I’ve been gazing at our pond hour after hour and day after day with wide longing eyes. I reeeeally wanted to swim in that pond but I couldn’t bring myself to be the first.
Travis! Yay Travis! Travis did get out without swimming though because he said it was so cold he couldn’t breathe. Not a rousing recommendation.
…more and more jumped in until we had a regular pond party going. I can’t express sufficiently how totally entirely completely utterly happy I was that swimming in the pond actually happened…
(the arrow points to ME. I can’t tell who else is in the picture but many had a go, even Rome had a ride on Caleb’s back and Cali jumped off the board three times.)
Then we ended the day with Lona leading the gang in a rousing rendition of Rinky Dinky Doo. I’m putting her version below. The Boy Scouts of America have a different version…:
“Me hand on meself, what is dis here
Dis is me hat-racker, me mommy dear.
Hat-racker, hat-racker, dinkey dinkey do,
That’s what I learned in the zoo.
Sweat-boxer; Eye-winker; Nose-blower; Food-gobbler; Chin-chomper; Head-holder; Chest-thumper; Bread-basket; Sit-downer; Knee-knocker; Foot-stomper
And of course the last line: That’s why I’m still in the zoo!”
Night five, Thai Night!
It’s very cool and not so much Disney-i-fied as it could have gone, probably because the buildings are more restored than rebuilt and not all the angles are 90 degrees or all the lines so parallel.
They did move some buildings here from other parts of town and demolished the ones that couldn’t be repaired.