Weekend was mind-numbingly social.
Friday Alex came over for a swim with us at the local pool. He doesn't like that one kid either so that's four votes for Kid X having issues. Then Cathy told me she knows Mrs. X from her old Mom's Group and she's friendly but also given to the sorts of weird outbursts that make you back away and cock your head.
Saturday morning we met Cathy and Rory and Clara up to show off the cabana club to them and see if they wanted to join. Cathy being an Aussie would prefer a cabana club that serves wine. For $500 a season, my cabana club isn't it. Kids still had a great time. I hope Mrs. X isn't the real reason Cathy doesn't want to join.
At one we went to Rami's birthday party. 20 kids with water guns 14 of them screaming in Arabic, things I knew not what but seemed to be "Let's hit the defenseless moms when their backs are turned." I let my boys get out the pool guns and have at it. They shoot 30 feet. Rami's mother is a buyer for a major store and currently does BCBG Max Aria. This did not stop her from wearing her elegant Channel glasses and dress to Oak Meadow park. So much for brand loyalty, eh? I was definitely under dressed even with my new necklace on. However, I got to meet one of Rami's various aunties who loves Nutella as much as I do! We traded recipes. She's moving from the food industry into working for Rami's mom. Should be better hours for her to start a family. Nate's parents were also there and I had a blast catching up with Leona and Dan (Nate had similar complaints to what Sean was saying about 1st grade being boring and miserable). I invited Nate to come to Sean's party.
Then we headed back to meet up with Regan and Ty. It was great to see Regan again, even though she looked a bit beat from her whirlwind trip to Canada. Ty was so huge! I haven't seen him in over a year so it was great to watch him play with James or attempt to. James morphed from happy child to possessive freakout toddler in 0 to 60. He didn't want to share his car or his house or his slide...but especially his car! So, we turned on the music upstairs and the two hung out and danced and all was mostly well. We took Regan to Tia Juanna's for dinner as it was in Sunnyvale and a bit less toddler exciting than Dish Dash on a Saturday night. Ty and James had fun riding the mechanical animals, but you could tell Ty was beat. We missed out on seeing David, but he was gaming with friends in Los Altos. Something evoked much sympathy with Jim.
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. Sean missed out on his Cub Scout Hike at Pinnacles due to our wonderful bout with Noro Virus. So Sunday morning was the last "make-up hike" at Belgatos park. One of the Moms loves to hike there and assured us the trials were easy. Seeing as she's 12 weeks pregnant and hiked with a 3 year old in an Ergo, I debated her definition of easy. But Kim's one of those lovely people who just makes you feel happy and at ease. It was just her, our den dad and the boys. We had a great time. Until Kim asked me for a mobile for the baby's room. I like glass projects but circles of glass for a baby? And drilling to hang or metal working to put in hooks? Aiyee. I'll have to ask Kristin for some lab space. I don't know how I would do it with the tools I have.
Sean did not like hiking at first and midway up the hill told us all he was too tired to go on. Before we could talk him out of it, he saw the other boys were ahead of him. He ran uphill faster than the wind, without tripping. And stayed at the front the whole hike. Oh yes, track for this one track and field.
On my return Jim was dazed from a long night of night shift and then playing Skyrim because he "wasn't sleepy". Ahem. My plans to continue working furiously on the party were washed up. I took Jake to riding and packed James in the car while Jim and Sean waited out for Jim's parents. Apparently after Sean's blunt remarks about the previous gift, they wanted to take him shopping for this gift. I manage to figure this stuff out without taking Sean, but then I'm not Asperger's either.
Jake did well riding Pinto. She's just a beautiful horse. Smaller than Montana, but definitely spirited. She won first place in the dressage competition last Sunday, but Jake was not as impressed. One of these days I'll have to show him what Pinto does in her "Free Time" at these shows. As it is, he just likes that she goes really fast. He does not like her failure to weave around the barrels without an argument. My eldest is at last learning to direct the horse, but still hates it.
We jetted back to the house, loaded up the car and ran to the park. Poor James missed out on lunch entirely and so had to make do with chips and milk until the pizza arrived. We managed to score a place in the shade and the kids had a good time with balloons and bubbles and playing on the playground. The adults sat in the shade and talked. Mellow.
We wound down. Headed home. And then we remembered Jakob's South Dakota Report. AHHHHHH! Typing fun, researching fun. Here are some fun facts about South Dakota:
1) It had three separate flags in its history. Originally the Flag had two sides, making it expensive to make. It was also called The Sunshine State. The first change was to give the flag only one face. The second change was to the Motto. Florida skunked them on The Sunshine State, so they picked something only South Dakota has, Mt. Rushmore.
2) South Dakota has a non-native bird as its official bird, the ring-necked pheasant.
3) Everyone from the Lakota to the German settlers loves the state flower. Because it meant the beginning of spring and the end of cursed winter. It is the only state flower with a motto and that motto is "I lead."
All the other facts are less fun, but I taught them to Jakob as well, such as the discovery of gold in the Black Hills and the War of 1876. Not to mention General George Custer, horrible warning to the rest of us to not violate treaties. And Seth Bullock, wonderful example of don't let someone get you down. If it burns to the ground, rebuild.