My birthday was August 3. I already knew that I wanted to spend my birthday with the “Q” family. We were a little apprehensive about the government thinking about closing the state parks, but when they didn’t, we just went right through with our plan.
We arrived on Tuesday, the day before my birthday. We set up in ‘The Bunkhouse’ with all our stuff. Ms. Boyink and Boyink took one end of the bunkhouse, and me and my brother took the other end. Data and I were very glad when the “Q"s came home. Data and I got to play with the four kids for a little while. Data presented the oldest “Q” kid with a ball I had bought because they don’t have one that doesn’t leak air. We played Risk, and when we had to leave, we counted up our pieces to see who had won. The oldest “Q” kid won. Ms. Boyink made cookies (COOKIES! REAL, LIVE, CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!!!) and us kids and all the grownups devoured them shortly. The “Q"s left, to be seen tomorrow in the late morning.
I got up at six forty-three, when no one else was up. Seeing this, I went back to bed for forty-five minutes. Still no one else was up, so I decided to go back to bed yet again. Just as I was turning, a groggy Ms. Boyink appeared out of the other end of the bunkhouse. I made my choice breakfast, whipped cream with blackberries and strawberries. I think I will have it again next time my birthday rolls around. Yum!! I opened my presents from my grandparents. I got a movie (hope to watch it soon) and a notebook with Bible verses inside. I will use it wisely. I also got Neccos from my parents. I love Neccos.
Data and I waited patiently for the “Q” kids to appear. (Pace, pace, pace, turn, pace.) Finally, a knock sounded at the door. Opening it, I saw the “Q” kids holding pieces of paper. Apparently the paper was a poem that took them forty-five minutes to compose. It was actually pretty good, by my standards. The only “Q” girl also gave me a handmade card, which was considerate and cute.
We started another Risk game. The second oldest “Q” boy won that. We all played soccer and ‘Almost Rugby’ (a game that Data made up). Soccer was more fun, but ‘Almost Rugby’ was a game that we all enjoyed and were particularly good at.
After lunch, the six of us went down to the beach (with NO bull kelp or sand fleas!) and played two-hand-touch football. At first it was hard to find a field because the tide had just started going out, and the sand was littered with sharp shells and stones. Data and I cleaned it up while the “Q"s figured out the goals and out-of-bounds lines. It was awesome fun. After a little while we headed back for cake and ice cream. As it turned out, the “Q” grownups had already left, leaving Boyink and Ms. Boyink with the un-cut frosted cake. We had almost missed them.
Us kids walked back together, after taking the “Q” girl’s friend with us. They walked ahead with the youngest “Q” behind while us olders chatted, not taking time to catch up. After a while, I ran ahead to make sure the younger kids were fine, and then fell back again. Data and the oldest “Q” and the second oldest “Q” were talking about a restaurant named ‘Manburger Inc.’ Such silliness and tomfoolery. Oh well. Got some laughs out of us.
We ate cake back at the RV and played Spud. We had a fire on the beach and cooked hot dogs and played some more two-hand-touch before it got too dark. We had to leave early in the morning.
It was a wonderful birthday.