August 22nd through the 28th
I just learned from the cashier guy at Petco that they price match. He told me to get the Amazon app, scan the dog food bar code and I can get it for that price. I saved about $10 on the dog's Blue Buffalo, which is pretty cool. While we were in the store, Max and I saw a hairless guinea pig. Isn't he the cutest ugly thing you've ever seen? And Broseph in a bow tie? So handsome.
TUESDAY was the 6th grade orientation. The girls were going to go but decided they'd rather sleep in. At 8:00, they let everyone into the gym to get into alphabetical lines to get the student's schedules. Max didn't even really care about his schedule. He was just hoping to see Jacob or Joey. He kept looking for them as we headed into the cafeteria to wait in another line to pay for PE clothes, a lock and his agenda. (We'll have to pay the $20 technology fee later because we didn't have that much cash) While we were in line, we saw our old neighbor, Eric. Max didn't think he'd be going to his school, especially since he was taller than most of the adults there.
We got to go into the 6th grade hallway next. Max was excited to go to his locker and try it out. It was a popular spot, we had to wait a little while until there was enough room for him to squeeze in there. Then we had to figure out how to open it. After a few (or five) tries, he finally got it. He did it a couple more times to make sure he really knew how to open it. And then we were off to see where all of his classes were at. Before we left, he had his schedule memorized (don't ask him what classes he's going to, he just knows the room numbers) He got a free water bottle and an otter pop. Then we learned where he goes for PE. And he asked why there were two different entrances because he hadn't yet learned that the girls and boys were separate in middle school. When we left, I'm pretty sure he was even more excited to start school on Monday and I was even more nervous.
That afternoon we took Madison to Michaels to get t-shirts for volleyball and we had to look at all of the Halloween stuff they had out. Max really wanted a skeleton guy and since he was only $10 (originally $16, but we had a 40% off coupon) and since Max had his own money, he came home with us. And so did a bag of cockroaches that Madi got to put in Kenzie's bed. (we weren't in her room when she discovered them, but I'm pretty sure they startled her a bit)
WEDNESDAY Max went with me to Albertsons. We saw some fruits we hadn't seen before. Like pluots (a cross between a plum and apricot) and apple pears. And then he talked me into letting him get a coconut. Later we used a screwdriver to make holes and drain the milk out and then hammered around the coconut until it cracked and we could open it. Max didn't care too much for the coconut or the milk.
The girls had practices all week. Starting in the mornings from 8 to 11 and moving to the afternoons later in the week, from 2 to 4. Wednesday evening, Madison had a team bonding get-together at Zoe's house. They tie-dyed shirts, ate and hung out on the trampoline. Madison took apples and toffee dip to share.
Max has a new trick... balancing a can with soda in it. He's also been watching too many YouTube videos about dumpster diving. He thinks he can find some really cool stuff if we looked in the dumpsters behind Fry's or Radio Shack. On THURSDAY, Kobe got Max in the face. We're not sure what his problem was, but we were very glad he didn't get his eye. And luckily most of it was cleared up before he headed to his first day of school.
Darric has a new favorite ice-cream... Tillamook's Malted Moo Shake. I guess other people like it too because they were all out of it when I went to get him some Thursday night. So I got him his other favorite... Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond.
Friday morning, Kenzie went with her team to the Sunrise Cafe for breakfast. Darric and I have been telling her to eat well so she'll be able to play her best. Come to find out she had the Crunchberry French Toast. French toast rolled in Cap'n Crunch cereal. (I probably would have ordered the same thing if I were her)
Friday and Saturday was the Las Vegas Invitational. (Silverado played in this last year too) Madi had practice on Friday so she came out with some of her teammates afterward. Saturday, after the tournament was over, I took Madi to Origins to do some rock climbing with her teammate Jenna.
On Sunday, Darric took Max to Fry's to spend some of his Birthday money. He ended up buying a Raspberry Pi (a computer the size of a deck of cards). He set it up in his room, using his tv as his monitor and got right to playing some animation program.
The girls had homework over the summer again (so stupid). Both had math to do. On the first day of school Kenzie's teacher asked who had done their work and Kenzie was the only one to raise her hand. Then he announces it was the wrong assignment and gives everyone the correct one. (He asked Kenzie if she was mad... uh, yeah) There was also reading. Madison had to read Fahrenheit 451. She waited until the last week of summer to get it read and finished the day before school started. (as far as I know, that was all she had to read) Kenzie had to read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Crime and Punishment and How to Read Literature Like a Professor. (She still has to finish that last one) And she had to write an essay on Crime and Punishment too.