We started to make dinner and how nice it was to have my personal chef at home to get a perfectly grilled filet Mignon again, together with my potato/cauliflower gratin. Needless to say, we haven't had any meat from the BBQ for 7 weeks now since he's been gone so it was extra tasty!
After the kids went to bed, we were able to sit down and talk about the move and it was nice to be able to do it in person for the first time since we got the word.
Saturday morning, we all got ready after breakfast to go to Cassie's volleyball camp that she has one Saturday/month. Chris was excited to be able to see her for the first time, and we stayed there the whole time. They do a lot of practice and there is a lot of repetitions to make the different shots and steps, and with only a few girls there, there is a lot of attention to each girl.
Cassie is the only left handed girl in practice, and she got even more attention then the others, where one coach focused on her, as her steps, movements with the arms is opposite to the rest, that could all do the copying from the other coach. It's positive with a lot of attention, as she can learn and focus and really get a chance to be seen. She learns fast, BUT, with so much attention to just her, she did find it a bit too much after awhile. Almost over an hour he worked with her, and there were hundreds of shots, passes, serves, spikes and what ever it's all called..Her wrist was hurting, and he was picking on everything, every little detail, and I could see that she got more and more upset, more frustrated and tired. All the other 9 girls took turns, could learn from eachother's mistakes, watch and learn from eachother, and they didn't hit the ball nearly as many times as she did.
It was too much, and I didn't know until later when she told me that it did hurt, and I wish that she would have said anything, next time she will, and I will keep an eye on her and on the focus on her. I want her to enjoy it, not hurting or feeling "picked upon".
After that, we went back home for lunch. Later in the afternoon, I was able to take just Cassie with me to the store for a short trip, as she needed to get a gift certificate for her friend that she was invited to today. Nice to get away with just her, it was awhile ago!
This is how frustrated Cassie got looking through the Halloween costumes. She does not know what she wants to be, and will have to do some more thinking and looking around. I think it's hard to find something that is age appropriate for a girl in her age. She is too old for the typical kid costumes, princesses and all that. She has been pirate, ladybug and last year a peacock. She is not into anything scary, and the rest is too sexy! There are mostly costumes for ladies in her size and then there is Mini skirt police costumes/firemen/bee/ladybug/cat woman etc etc, but VERY sexy, or at least not appropriate for someone that isn't yet a teenager. So, we have to keep looking. Luckily, we have another couple of weeks for that.
There weren't so much shopping done, she found a shirt that was really nice, but they didn't have any small sizes left. The bra selection was cute, but we decided to leave the "Superhero obsession" to her younger brother..
Today, Cassie was invited to a birthday party and the girl had decided to have the party at the Waylon's Water World here in town. It was perfect as it was the last weekend that they actually have open this season. It was warm, but not too hot, so a perfect day. I dropped her off and she was very excited to go at least one time this year. Normally we do try to go a few times, but being in Sweden this year, and not having Chris here in the weekends to help with the twins in the Water World, hasn't been an option.
I do most things with the kids alone and have no problems or have to deal with it, but taking them to a very expensive Water World, where there are deep pools, slides, lots of people and lots of different playgrounds in the water, it's just not safe with only one parent. One kid wants to go on one slide, and the other one on another, and there the problem starts. Here it's pretty deep, and you have to be there in the bottom of the slides to pick the kids up, make sure that they are safe, and get out of the way from the next person coming down etc, and we need to be one parent per young child. We first talked about all going today as Chris was home, but he had to leave this afternoon and drive for a couple of hours he didn't feel like spending a whole day in the sun first, stressing home and pack and then leave. So we stayed home, and it was nice, we played games with the kids and they enjoyed having us both there.
Chris left and I took the kids with me to pick Cassie up later. We all stayed to play indoors at the Fun Factory that is located next door to the Water world. The kids were happy, and got some energy out of them before it was time to go home.