Football season officially begins and our whole family is playing fantasy football for the first time this year. Why? Because now we'll have a reason to watch any random NFL game that's currently on. It'll also help us learn the current players in the league. Like who's Saquon Barkley or Nick Chubb? *shrug* Apparently the top running backs. But what I really like is that sports bring us together, whether it's watching it or talking about it. And playing fantasy adds an element of friendly competition and trash talking.
Our Labor Day weekend was spent outside... literally all day long... in the heat... both Saturday and Sunday... for soccer. Now that Jacob's playing in a competitive league, we now have to travel for both big boys. Luckily they played in the same tournament. But that also meant we had to stay for twice as many games. It's gonna be a long season...
School is back in session. And with that, all four kids are going to four different schools. Andrew is now in junior high (6th grade), leaving Tyson (3rd grade) as the only family member in elementary school. Jacob (8th grade) is also in junior high but is bused to another school since he's in the STEM program. Which leaves Elliot, who officially started going to preschool/Mother's Day Out. She was so excited to being going to school, just like her big brothers. They're all growing up so fast! 😭
Although we celebrated Tyson's birthday earlier, we had another celebration for him on his actual birthday. We gave him the two things he wanted: a sleepover with his cousins and to play video games. So I setup a LAN party so that he could play StarCraft 2 (currently his favorite game) along with other multiplayer games. It was a weekend of non-stop gaming for my video game addict.
A LAN party is a gathering of people with computers or compatible game consoles, where a local area network (LAN) connection is established between the devices using a router or switch, primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer video games together. (source: Wikipedia)
We time traveled to celebrate the fact that I'm another year older. We stayed at an 80's themed house in Dallas where the walls were painted in a bright color palette. Beds fitted with retro sheets. Artifacts dispersed throughout the house, e.g. cassette boombox, Sony Watchman, original NES console. It even had a TMNT arcade machine and a McDonald's Officer Big Mac jailhouse in the backyard playground. It truly felt like we traveled back in time. And to go along with the nostalgia theme, we also visited the National Videogame Museum. It was fun to show the kids a glimpse of my childhood. And of course, we ate a lot of good (unhealthy) food. It was totally radical.
I ❤ Colorado. We frequent The Centennial State to ski/snowboard but haven't been during the summer. I've always heard it was nice during that time but wanted to experience it myself. This would be our fourth trip to Colorado since 2018. At this rate, we may as well move there...
So we packed up the minivan and went on another road trip. Even though we're on the road for two solid days each way, it's actually not that bad. I like exploring new places along the way. Or even going to a random Walmart in the middle of nowhere... you never know what you might find.
Last weekend we surprised Tyson with an early birthday celebration. For one, we're going to be traveling back to back so just in case we're too busy to plan anything, at least we can say we did this for him. Two, his birthday is forever close to mine (two days after) so this spreads out the birthday celebrations. Three, I was going to give him a laptop for his birthday but wanted him to have it now so that can he make use of it during our trip. And Andrew saw right through me. Right after Tyson unwrapped the laptop, Andrew says, "Ohhhhh. Now I know why we're celebrating his birthday early." Obviously, I had to lie and told him he was wrong.
To celebrate my dad's milestone birthday, we got a waterfront house for the weekend so he can do what he enjoys most... fishing. But with what would eventually become Hurricane Barry approaching, I was close to canceling the trip. Can't really fish with a storm barreling in. But on the final day to cancel (without losing tons of money), we decided to keep the reservation. And it paid off. It didn't even rain in Galveston except for a few spotty light sprinkles. My dad thoroughly enjoyed fishing and so did the kids (especially Andrew).
Father's Day started early for me with an Astros game on Wednesday night. But why this particular game? To get the Springer bobblehead! The game itself saw Verlander get a career high in strikeouts (15 K's) but unfortunately the 'Stros lost the game in extra innings.
I love that the kids are into watching sports. It gives us a reason to all come together. To root for the same team, for the most part. When it comes to the Premier League, each kid has their own favorite team. The best games are when they go against each other, e.g. Liverpool vs Manchester City. They get so into it. Tears have been shed. But I digress, I like how sports bring us closer together.