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.