OK..... Perhaps it could be called
SOME OF US HAD A FUN OVERNIGHT
The summer "travel allowance" such as it was, went primarily to Sergei's cadet camp, however for the combined kids' birthday gift, my mom gave us money for a weekend at a water park and on Thursday after school we headed to beautiful Sterling Heights (I promise you, there could be no greater exaggeration) to the "best indoor water park in Michigan". I'm not certain where I read that, but I'm thinking it must have been on their website.
Actually, the water park was fun. It was better than any I've ever been to .... though I suppose that isn't saying much, and with only a tiny bit of imagination I can picture better ones existing even in Michigan. Let's just say that Anastasia and Zhenya had a wonderful time. And, I had a great time, too. I surprised them both by - for the first time in over fifteen years - appearing in a swim suit. I waited until 9 a.m. on Friday morning, thinking (rightly) that the area would not be very populated. But once "in" I was in 100%. I went down the water slide over and over again. I'm so glad I braved it the first time (almost didn't) because it was a blast. And I enjoyed the little "lazy river" area that Zhen is pictured in. I had a super-fun time in the vortex!
And my "littles" got a lot of fun out of having me join them.
Sergei managed to hurt his back during our one-hour's visit on Thursday night so didn't even go in on Friday to my disappointment.
To my greater disappointment, Ilya didn't come at all....and he is the one who probably loves swimming better than anyone. It made me so sad!
When I got home on Thursday, he had been looking around for his swim trunks, apparently, but - as is the very weird case with Ilya - sleep overtook him. Yes; the sleep issues are still with us. Sergei was doing his best to keep him awake, but by the time I got in there, it was no go.
When Ilya goes to sleep no one can wake him. You can literally (I have done it on a school day) throw him to the floor and he will not awaken. I was so peeved at him for allowing himself to go to sleep like that. Yet, there was nothing we could do but leave him. He was still conscious enough that he was batting at us and yelling at us as we tried to physically rouse him. It is a crazy phenomenon. I know - at least I am pretty sure - he wanted to go. He is always asking to go swimming... Yet, I also know he is afraid of new things, and afraid of lots of people. Perhaps there was too much of the "unknown" in the vacation scheme.... I honestly cannot figure it out.
He knew I'd be upset, so when we came home - another self-penance! The kitchen, dining room and living room were as tidy as they could be. Poor kid....staying home cleaning house instead of going on the "vacation" that I selected especially for him.
Obviously, for me this "sleep" event hangs ominously over the anticipated beginning of school as well.......