january 25th through the 31st
max stayed home from school on monday and tuesday. he was complaining that he felt like he had to throw up.
tuesday, darric worked all day and then all night. so i got to do all the running around tonight. dropped madi off at green valley high school at 4:00, her coach picked her up from there at 4:30 and gave her a ride out to their scrimmage. then we dropped kenzie off at the sports performance center and came back to pick her up at 5:45. from there, we drove out to the centennial hills ymca (off the 95 and buffalo). madi's team was just finishing up their first set in the scrimmage against dig this 16's team. they won all three sets and then played their 18's team (which wasn't as good) and won all but one set against them. they were looking pretty good and madi's coach even came over to comment about how well madi was doing. madi had a pretty nice kill that i caught on video, but you kind of miss it because kenzie stuck her finger in the way.
wednesday was national chocolate cake day. i don't know if darric was aware of that or not, but he let me know he was craving chocolate cake, so he picked up a mix after taking madi to volleyball and i baked it after taking kenzie to volleyball.
i ran some errands on thursday. to costco to get some photos of madi, to dicks to get max some much-needed-socks, bath & body works for some wallflowers and then the party store to get balloons. while i was at the mall, i walked by gap and almost teared up. there was no blue square gap logo over the door and no cute colorfully clothed mannequins posed in the windows. it was very sad looking.
for the past few days, we've been freezing a little container in a block of ice. inside the little container was a bunch of confetti that kenzie punched out and a note for bryan "it would melt my heart if you'd be my sadie's stud... i promice our date won't be like last year's dud" (the ice skating date wasn't a huge hit last year)
before leaving to pick max up, i got the block of ice out of the garage freezer, tied the balloons around it and attached the letters i cut out 2 minutes earlier that spelled out BRYAN. he walked to our house with the girls after school and with one drop of the block onto the cement, he broke it right open (i was hoping he'd have to work a little harder than that).
at 3:05, madi had an ortho appointment. they put a bracket on her right eye tooth that is slowly coming in. grandma made us all a cookie and madi got 3 because her birthday was coming up. while we were there, we picked up one of their 2016 calendars and noticed max made the last page.
at max's school this week, they celebrated the great kindness challenge. he missed some of it, but on thursday he made himself a bow tie (out of paper) because it was we are all tied together by kindness day. other students in his class copied him because they wanted one too. friday was dream of kindness so they got to wear their pajamas.
friday, madi and i went and dropped kenzie off at whole foods (town square). her and her team left around 3:30 for california. madi and i went to look around in the container store and then over to world market. we found a few things to give her roommates. (some pocky sticks, gum and scented stickers) hopefully she doesn't plan on giving something at EVERY tournament. we swung by the house, picked up max and then took him over to his friend jacob's house. i guess brian came and hung out with them too.
madi had practice at green valley from 6:30 - 9:00. so when i left at 8:30 to go pick her up, i swung by and grabbed max. jacob's mom came out to tell me how well behaved max was (that's always nice to hear) and that maybe next time they can have a sleepover together.
saturday morning, madi and i were up early. i had to take her to the outlet mall at 8:00 and around 8:20 her coach arrived with the red van again and the girls loaded up for california. i came home to make the raspberry pretzel jello and mac + cheese to take to my parent's later. then we drove over to the flip n out xtreme place for jayce's birthday party. max had a great time jumping on the trampolines, going through the obstacle course (kind of - there were too many kids running around), going down the zip line, a little bit of dodge ball and then laser tag. we went into the party room where the kids (and darric) had pizza, then max had some tokens to use in the arcade before we had to hurry home. max and i grabbed the food and headed to my mom and dad's.
we were having a memorial dinner for uncle donny. it was good to see everyone. and i have to share the funny story (probably not funny to ben... if he ever finds out) about derrick sharing his chocolate cake with baby rex. he liked it so much he kept pointing at derrick and his plate and saying "num num". when ben came out, derrick walked off and rex's eyes followed him, pointing and yelling "num num". it was pretty cute. and so were all the grandkids we gathered together for a photo. (we didn't force jacob in it since kenzie and madi weren't there)
lucky me, i scored another pan of uncle steve's enchiladas and enjoyed them for lunch and dinner for the next couple days.
kenzie got home from her tournament saturday night. saturday morning her and i went and picked max up from the sedillo's. him and beckam stayed the night with mason. that afternoon, kenzie made some scones. bryan helped her. they turned out pretty good. she made a big batch so darric suggested navajo tacos for dinner. around 7:00, we picked madi up from the outlet mall parking lot.