Ava's before-school program hosted an "annual campaign thank you" event on Friday night...pizza and dodgeball! As soon as we got to the school, Ava saw one of her friends playing, and jumped right into the game. I wasn't sure if she understood the rules of the game, and I'm thinking I might be right - or she might be playing the system. At one point, I saw that she was hoarding three balls so no one else could throw them. It was total chaos, with the parents playing against the kids, and to be honest, I'm not sure who won. I swear, there were hundred of kids, and maybe 10 adults. Those kids had some serious skills! Scott and I decided to stay out of the game, and protect our little G from being smooshed by flying balls. And he was quite entranced by all of those colorful balls flying around. One day, little guy, one day...
When "we" got tired of dodgeball, we snacked on some pizza, and then played with My Little Ponies. And we even had a chance to catch up with our old neighbors who moved out last summer. It was a great way to end the week and spend some time together as a family.
Saturday morning started off with beautiful blue skies and warmer temps...both were necessary because Ava and I were doing the Red Pine Color Run! I was going to bring G with us, but at the last minute, Scott arranged for him to spend a few hours with Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey. I'm not sure how we would've reacted to all of the flying color in the air!
Our wonderful neighbors picked us up, and we headed up to the school to enjoy the health fair prior to the run. Ava and Fletch (our neighbor's son) had fun going to all of the booths and collecting the goodies for us. Fletch even won a free dog wash, and since they don't have a dog, they gave the wash to us...woot! I was just telling my neighbor that it would be great if they had a self-service dog wash option, and *poof* the lady mentioned that's one of the options. And THEN, I thought to myself, "if they only trimmed nails, too..." and wouldn't ya know it, the next words out of her mouth were that they also trimmed nails. It's like the dog wash lady and I were totally connected. ;) That was the highlight for me! Ava's new travel toothbrush holder that she won seems to have been her highlight. Ha!
There was also a fire truck and some bouncy houses outside, which the kids both enjoyed. And then we started the BIG EVENT - the 1.5 mile color run! We saw teal, green, pink and purple, and it was beautiful! Although, to be honest, after the green, ours turned into a color walk, not a run. Ava said she was too hungry to run. Not sure how that's connected, but ok. At one point we heard "go, go, Goers" behind us, and it was our daycare provider and her husband running, as well. It's nice to be getting to know people in the area, and recognizing faces at places/events that we attend.
We only got mildly coated...there were some people who were covered from top to bottom!
There was a rumor that the color would stay on for three days. I am pleased to say that one shower (for each of us) and one load of clothes later, we are now back to our original tones, and are no longer splattered with bright peacock colors.
And if THAT wasn't enough family fun time, we all went to Lowes last night to order up the materials for our deck. 1.5 hours later, we are set to start building next weekend! The kids were so patient, and one of the guys at the counter even said how well-behaved they were (thank goodness for the long aisles so the kids could walk for a bit!) We topped off the night with a trip to the 5-8 Club for dinner. G started to melt down near the end of the meal, so Scott took him home, while Ava and I enjoyed a few minutes of quiet and coloring on the menu. (Obviously, we drove separately, otherwise, how would we have gotten home?) :)
Let's just say I was ready for bed at 9pm last night...I was so completely wiped out!
To cap off family fun weekend, we need to squeeze in a few more events, right?? Ava and I are going to the library this afternoon to check out an art display by kids at her school. She mentioned that there were some pieces on display from kids in her class, so she's excited to see them! And then we have a quick trip to my work (I bet Ava will like to see how my new cube moves up and down) and then we're off to meet Scott's sister at an indoor play area for a bit. G will be hanging with Daddy during this time, so it'll be easier for me to keep an eye on the one very active six year old!
I have a feeling I'll be sleeping really well tonight. ;)