Each school day morning Robby and I have hosted a visitor. Rowan, the little girl from down the street, has been dropped each morning when her Dad left for work. The two friends would sit on the couch and watch cartoons until it was time for me to walk her to the bus stop.
lethargic and quasi-grumpy in the mornings, she was animated and
chipper when she arrived at my door yesterday. I didn't need to look at
the calendar because she has been counting down for the past six weeks.
Yesterday was the last day of school! Since it was a special day, I
agreed to pick her up at the bus stop after school. She was having a
half-day and if I hadn't agreed, she would have spent the remainder of
the afternoon sitting in a karate school program that she dislikes.
Wanting her to be happy and completely revel in the freedom of summer
vacation, Robby and I decided to help her celebrate by going to Chuck E.
Before going to pick her up for our arcade and
carbohydrate adventure, I decided to prepare for another surprise. Hot
temperatures always translate into one preferred activity for the
twosome. Unbeknownst to them, I filled (and hid) all of the water guns.
100 water balloons were filled and parceled into buckets around the
yard. I was fully armed to ambush the friends after Chuck E. Cheese.
and Rowan had a blast playing the games and gulping down pizza. I did
my best to avoid playing the games, but the compulsion got the best of
me. I'm taking some solace in the fact that I was able to limit my
personal losses to $40 this time opposed to the obscene amount I wasted
trying to win tickets last time. After 3 hours they had spent all of the
tokens that they were allocated and after much debate had settled on
the small plastic trinkets they would purchase with their tickets (talk
about high finance). We piled into the car and I drove the happy, but
tired, friends back to my house. They were both satisfied with a fun
day, but I knew that the celebration was far from over.
as they stepped out of the car and closed the door, I grabbed a soaker
gun and began the assault. It didn't take long for their energy to
regenerate. The battle was on!
We played outside for nearly an
hour, running through the yard armed with our Super Soakers. Peels of
laughter and shouts of water taunts probably echoed through the
neighborhood as we played. I just love to hear them laugh and giggle!
we were all thoroughly drenched, Scott surprised us by delivering
dinner. We called a truce in order to enjoy our treat. After we were
done eating, Robby suggested we go and play in the sprinkler. The fact
that it was raining was not a deterrent. Because it was a special day
and they were already wet, I agreed and set up the Buzz Lightyear
sprinkler for the two friends.
By the time Rowan's parents picked
her up she had changed into dry clothes (I provided some insider
information about my plan and we made arrangements for another change of
clothes) and enthralled watching Ghostbusters 2. I have to admit that I
found watching their reactions far more entertaining than the movie!
Both friends were gleefully exhausted by the time she went home. I can't
think of a better way to begin summer vacation!