I'm trying to pace myself here, but it's not easy! There are only so many weeks without homework in a year, and we are filling them up.
Monday night, we went to the XBox/Cirque du Soleil World Premiere of Kinect. I'm not a video game girl, we don't own any console, but this looks really cool! The dance game looked like so much fun, and Riley absolutely loved the sports games they displayed.
Thursday night, I spent a few hours away from the girls for a Happy Hour get-together with a variety of friends; all people I really like so it was fun, but also a little bit stressful because I wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time. There were a few people who didn't know everyone there, and that takes some maneuvering. We're already trying to plan another one, and I'm excited for it already.
Friday night, Riley and I went to a family event with the Club at the Griffith Observatory. I've lived in L.A. for most of my life, and I can barely believe it was my first time there! It's very cool and I'd definitely want to go back. It was nice just spending some time with Riley, too. Sylvia opted to go to Teen Night at the Club instead.
Sylvia has exhausted me this week. For the most part, we've been getting along really well since she's been out of school, but this week, her other personality came out again. We got through it all relatively unscathed, except there were some days I just felt like a walking zombie, so emotionally drained.
Sat. morning, we went to a screening of Toy Story 3. If you didn't see it this weekend, go soon! This movie is just as good as the first two; arguably, better even. I laughed a lot, but I think I cried even more. Like, OMG, get it together, April, you are losing it sobbing!! I'm sure my own experience, seeing this movie from a mother's point of view, seeing my oldest daughter change and grow up so much this year, had a lot to do with it for me. Still, great movie no matter how old you or your children are.
After I got some weekend chores done, I watched yet another movie: The Paper Chase. I'm not sure why I put it on my queue, but I'm glad I did. Excellent film, too.
We took my dad out to an Italian restaurant for lunch on Father's Day, and then went back to their house and watched another movie (3 movies in 2 days - and prior to that, I can't even remember the last time I watched I film!) Animals are Beautiful People. Really well-done documentary with tons of personality. We all had a really nice afternoon.
The next few weekends will continue to keep us busy. We've got family coming in from out of town (most of whom I haven't seen since before I was a mother) next weekend, and then, I'm so excited, I bought tickets to see In the Heights here in L.A. with the original composer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda. The girls and I are SO excited! Ok, I think I'm more excited than the girls, but they're looking forward to it, too. Then, we've got my department barbecue, Sylvia will have a couple of auditions coming up, and the trip to Yahoo! is also coming up.
Oh, and work has been crazy busy, too! So all this to say, I know I've been neglecting my duties as a reader and commenter in the blogging community, and I'm sorry. I'll continue to read when I can, comment when I can, and hope that you're all enjoying your summer as much as we are.