Woke to more rain – and cool temps. UGH….we are going to lay low this am and hope that this stuff passes on through. Dawson up early to clean up and head out. I was up but stayed put until I decided Summer needed to go out again. The kids were excited to get up and see Kaia and Charlie before they leave today. Once their friends, The Karleen's took out we got some school done. They are coming back on Friday evening with the their mom and dog, Tara & Ginger. The kids are so excited to get to see them again and play and hang out this weekend.
School – journal entries, cards for papa JR’s birthday, math on Kahn for all 3 – various lesson’s in books for all 3. State reports – prepping for oral reports to dad and I this weekend.
Finally after lunch the rain slowed and it began to warm up some. They rode bikes all around exploring the campground. I debated as to if we should go take in a site but decided that they were getting along so well and needed the good interactions just around camp playing games, exploring and being kids. They were having so much fun that I walked Summer and asked what they wanted to do. They just wanted to ride bikes through all the rain puddles. I was good with that and went back to do some cleaning and organizing on the RV and decided I should try to get some laundry done. Summer and I walked out to round them up and have them help me a little. They loaded up the laundry and supplies including our quarters and headed to the laundry area. This campsite has a new building that has a super clean laundry and bath house with a wifi lounge area and work out room. I had the kids come help me with the clothes. We sorted the clothes and I had them turn all socks and shirts the right way and load up the machines. These machines are big and we only had to do 2 loads – one lights and one darks.
It was good for them to learn to get the laundry separated and the machines in progress and then back out the bikes they went. I enjoyed the peace and quiet of the laundry area all to myself. Funny how doing laundry relaxed me today. I read some magazines that were in the lobby, I enjoyed the noise of the machines and I enjoyed the heat in the room and the sun finally breaking through. The clouds finally blew off and it was a great afternoon of sun and light wind.
Dawson called to check in a few times. His appointments went well and he was heading home, but he was a few hours away. We decided we had been at camp all day – we needed the down time – but we were ready to get out and so we ventured out to find some dinner. We ended up at Chick-fil-A in Silver Springs, Maryland – it is right here close to Cherry Hill in College Park. We were waited on at the register by the manager, Dionte. He was super friendly and great with the kids.
We had a fun dinner- lots of family fun sitting eye to eye – we are getting better with being together all the time –actually enjoying it. Franki took a bite of her chicken sandwich and looked up at me like something was really wrong. She had lost a tooth – weird. This is her 2nd tooth since the trip started a month ago. She was concerned because for a minute she thought it was a permanent tooth but she also didn’t want to swallow it. It was crazy- I had no idea it was even lose let alone going to come out when she bit into a sandwich. It was quite the event for her. And it felt weird to her to now have what felt like a giant hole on the upper left gum by her permanent teeth. We wrapped it up in a napkin and stored it in my purse for safe keeping. Finally they all ate all their dinner and wanted some icecream. We haven’t kept icecream with our limited freezer space on the RV. But they are all hungry for it and have been asking for it several times. I decided maybe tonight it would be ok to partake in a little sweet, cold treat.
Vida came to our table to clean up some of our trash and see if we might be interested in refills or something else. We were busy laughing with one another. Vida was a very nice customer service lady and asked what else can I get you? The line for food was fairly long at the moment so I asked if she could take my credit card and run 3 ice cream cones on it and serve us while we enjoy our family dinner and not have to wait in line again. She said – she would ask her manager. You see she explained that she was knew and no one had really ever asked that prior to us. She returned to say that the manager would let her do it this time but that it is not a normal practice of thiers. The girls loved her answer and ordered their cones. Vida was so sweet, that when she returned with the ice cream cones the kids thanked her by stating that they knew she went over and above and that they appreciated her. This all stemmed from their confidence growing yesterday with greeting and talking to veterans. It carried over in how they thanked Vida. Vida thought they were very sweet and was happy to get them the icecream. We started talking more and somehow it came up that we were from out of town.
thing you know they are telling her how they are home schooled on the RV and about our trip and that we just celebrated our 1 month on the road. She loved the story and started asking more questions about school and Kansas City and were we had been and where we were headed next. It was a fun conversation. She ended up telling her manager more about us and the next thing you know he comes out – yep Dionte that waited on us at the cash register – the manager. He came over to our table bearing gifts for the kids and for me. I got some sunglasses and the kids got stickers, warm chocolate chip cookies and a stuffed cow with a sign to eat more chicken. Too fun. They wished us well and were glad that we had stopped in to dine with them. It was a good feeling and the kids and I enjoyed our family dinner out this evening – thanks Dionte and Vida for making it extra special. There was a man and his son sitting a table over and they even stopped me to say they overheard part of our story and wanted to extend and invite to a local church if we wanted somewhere to worship on Sunday. It was vert nice of him and I wrote down the church and service times – we’ll see what our plans look like on Sunday. Thank you for the warm welcome the extra touch of caring for customers and personal touch Chick-fil-a. We felt very welcomed - we really appreciated your hospitality! That is what life is all about - and we felt welcomed even though we were very far from home - a sense of community due to the kindness of those around us.
On our way home we saw a sign on the back of a bus for University of Maryland that said – “fear the turtle”– it caused us to laughed all the way home. There mascot is a turtle but I had some kids that had the giggles and this set it off more. It reminded Franki of the mascot for a university in Irvine, CA last year that we walked – their mascot is an ant eater. The kids got a kick out some mascots. And Mena wants us to go to the zoo tomorrow – she decided that is why we are seeing so much animal stuff.
Q mentioned how much fun he was having and what a great family time we had at dinner –he missed dad and wished he could have been with us but he felt that it was a good day and evening. When we got home we walked Summer and Dawson showed up while we were out walking. Yeah daddy is home! Once home we chilled out to some tv time and reading . I even threw Franki’s tooth away as she had laid the napkin with it rolled up in there right by the kitchen sink. She watched me clean up and realized it quickly – so the tooth did get rescued. Thank goodness!
Life is good.
Tiffany & Family