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Jayden starts 2nd grade…

Today number one son started second grade. The morning started off abruptly, as my alarm went off at 7 AM. Although this is not early for many of you, it was remarkably early in the PA Ruiz household, considering that our summertime wake up is around 8:30 (Kaylee), 9:00 (Jayden), and 9:30 (me). After throwing myself out of bed (literally) and getting ready, I was finally ready to wake the kids up. They, however, were not ready to get up. There were a couple of minutes of fighting, and two grumpy faces later, the kids were up and getting ready.

Number one son had a 50/50 day today, as he so eloquently put it. 50 for seeing all his first grade friends again, and 50 for actually being in school. I'll leave it to you to figure out which is the good 50. And the countdown to the next summer time sleep schedule has begun...

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Labor Day Weekend in Macungie

It's Labor Day Weekend and all the New York Sham's trekked down to Macungie to celebrate the long weekend and to celebrate the Jayden and Kaylee's birthdays.

The first night there we played Trivial Pursuit 1990's Edition. My first question had to do with Patty Hearst. I don't feel terrible not knowing the answer because they wanted to know what name she used when she was kidnapped, it was Tania. This information was not in the normal literature that Hearst provided me on my first day. The game went on forever and we finally ended without a winner, though Steve declared himself the winner.

Day two in Macungie consisted of birthday games for the kids. Ben had "Fan the Kipper" where everybody makes a fish and then you have to fan it in a race. You can see at one point that Kaylee is stepping on Ben's fish and of course the adults were more into it then the kids. Ben also decorated the dining room for the birthday dinner. Henry and Kaylee helped make the birthday cake while Dada and Steve made the chocolate mousse for the cake, which was very delicious. Perry also tried to take a nap, but Henry woke him up with the drum set that Perry had gotten the kids one Christmas. The kids also got into it too. Time was spent in front of a laptop playing a video game. Another game we played was Marco Polo in Dada's living room. We really got into it and we're very lucky nothing was broken, except a vacuum cleaner was knocked over. When it was time for the birthday dinner, we had grilled hamburgers, Italian sausages with peppers and onions, pasta salad, regular salad, chicken wings, pineapples and mushrooms. And of course the birthday cake, which Kaylee seemed to enjoy more than Jayden, Jayden was drinking his Pepsi.

Day three, we went to the Great Allentown Fair. There were rides for kids and adults, games to win prizes, lots and lots of food, a pig race and much more. Henry played the bottle toss game. When we went to Great Adventure for his 25th birthday, he won one of those huge prizes (a huge gorilla with two little gorillas on each of his shoulders, we couldn't fit it in our trunk and had to put it in our back seat, squishing Steve and Ben for the rest of the ride back), but he didn't win this time. Perry played the game where you have to throw ping pong balls in little fish bowls. He won a fish. We stopped to watch the pig race, but couldn't see much from where we were standing. I think Pig #2 won. And of course we had some food there. Henry got fresh squeezed lemonade that wasn't a bit tart. We had kettlecorn, corn dogs, deep fried cauliflower and cotton candy. When we got back, we tried playing catch with the kids, but in the end, it was just the adults playing catch. Dinner consisted of some of the leftovers, some fresh chicken wings and a spinach, mango and avocado salad with grilled beef on top, very yummy! The adults ended the night with Texas Hold 'Em (Henry won) and a game of Cranium. It looked like Dada and Perry were going to win, but Henry and I were able to pull an upset and win. Sorry to Ben and Steve. whois info After Dada went to bed, Perry read out most of Data Head questions and I think we finished the rest of them Sunday morning. We're going to need to pick up the booster pack for the next time we play.

And so our Labor Day weekend has ended and most of us are getting ready to go back to work tomorrow and a couple of us are getting ready to start school tomorrow. Back to the real world...


Marco Polo (the game, not the person)

Henry and I (and the rest of the Shams) went to Pennsylvania for Jayden and Kaylee's birthday party today. At any Sham event, it involves a lot of food and occasional naps (by the adults). Ben also had some games for us. One of the games, that I've never played, ever, is Marco Polo, except we played on land, not on water. It really was a lot of fun for the kids and adults, probably more for the adults. We were confined to Dada's living room only. The kids were usually caught first. I got a video of one where Henry was "it". It was hilarious! His round of being "it" lasted about 2 and a half minutes. Through out the game there was a lot of pushing, shoving, running around and some dodging and rolling around the floors. I had no clue Henry was still so nimble, but he'll probably feel it tomorrow.


July 4th Weekend O’ Fun

This will be a short post. I'll add commentary another time. I just want to put up photos for all to see. Here is the beginning of the weekend, where the "men" tried to put up the tarp. It took them a few tries before they finally got it right. The top middle part just wouldnt keep in place so there was much yelling [from PG].


Then they got tired, and this was the rest of their day.

Here is when the water balloons came out, and HG hit dada square in the head with one. Sad to say, the water balloon didnt pop, so it hurt all the more. (That rat also beamed me in the ribs, which was painful. But he got his day when he was hit in the eye by one, courtesy of PG.)

Here were the fireworks display that Steve & Christian so kindly spent most of Saturday evening creating.

some random pics.


Here's when Mom & Dad and a few of the relatives came to visit. There were 4 other people; 1 adult and 3 kids. The oldest kid was 16 or 17, and he was the only one that spoke English (but that's 'cuz he's an ABC). The other kids' (brother & sister) ranged between 10 - 16, respectively. Their mom is Mom's cousin, on grandma's side.

Hmm, I guess I didn't take that many pictures. Or if I did, it was a bunch of nothing. I cant seem to find any other cute/cool/weird/funky pictures. I know I carried that camera around but I guess I didnt do anything with them. Oh well. These pictures definitely summed up our weekend. Final day of fun.


Macungie Photos

What is a weekend in Macungie like?

Lately it includes Tetris Attack
Jayden and Kaylee having fun with their Hen Q while he tries to nap
Henry running around with the kids
The kids messing with Henry some more
The kids try some Tetris Attack
More picking on Henry
And finally the kids resting

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