I did take pictures of our company sponsored team event which happened to be the day before my BBQ. We all got to leave work early and head over to Brit's Pub for some lawn bowling (think Bocce ball for those not familiar). Again, not everyone could make it, but I am so glad I drove downtown to join my team for this. It was quite cold (I seemed to forget about the downtown wind vortex, otherwise I would have dressed warmer), but still tons of fun. Also, how cool is it that you can find lawn bowling on the roof of a building downtown.
|Laurel was ready to play|
We split into 4 teams and played for about an hour, switching who we played against about halfway through. My team did not win, but I didn't care. Laurel was on my team and she had enough energy for the both of us - totally keeping me amused and even singing encouraging background music when it was my turn to help pump me up.
|Team yellow - hang ten, except for Marne who is all "call me". Lol.|
|Mary and Nicole|
This weekend I also attended a party at Chuck E Cheese's. I'm a little surprised they are still around, but even more surprised that my daughter knew what it was. One of the other parent's pointed out that it's a 'proud sponsor" on PBS, plus I'm guessing that some other kids in her class talked about it in the past. Anyhoo, the party was right before my BBQ on Saturday so we thought about not going, but I knew Riley would enjoy it. And I will admit it was sort of fun. Jesse decided he needed to go on a bike ride and then mow the lawn so he suggested I go alone with Riley. Not really an ideal 'deal' for this introvert, but I figured there might be a parent or two that I've met before. Turns out there was, plus I met more people. Jesse was a little bummed he didn't go when he heard that there were a bunch of dad's there, including one he already met. But, we have two more birthday parties to attend next weekend and Jesse will be on his own for one. I'm sure we'll be getting to know these parents quite well in the future.
Riley's game of choice was skee ball. She didn't really have the arm strength to get points, but this game didn't make a lot of noise and didn't have any surprises. One of her good friends is pretty fearless and was running around from game to game and it was amusing to see how different these girls are, but how much they like each other. Makes me wonder what it will be like when they are teenagers.
|She also liked the basketball game and was quite good at it.|
In the end, she walked away with a few cool party items and had a fun time playing with her friends. She's already looking forward to the birthday parties next week. I imagine we are now at the age where her social life has officially become way more booked than ours. Just call me Riley's mom, the Chauffeur.