Sunday, March 5, 2017
After days on the road, my mom’s second oldest sister and her family arrived in Greenville, South Carolina. Due to Aunt Katherine’s health issues (which treat her better in cold weather), the Colbert family recently moved to Missouri. Because of this vast distance and Uncle Clay’s work schedule, visits from them tend to have years in between. Soon after they arrived, my mom’s side of the family gathered at Grandma’s house for dinner. It was so nice to reunite with these relatives!
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
As is tradition, the week before, after, and of Ansa’s birthday, my family and I went on a Birthday Food Adventure. Thanks to previously collected coupons, we accumulated free food from Dunkin’ Donuts, Zaxby’s, Dairy Queen, Baskin Robbins, Culver’s, Barnes & Noble, and more. As always, my siblings and I were stuffed long before the to-go containers were cleared, so our fridge soon contained leftovers from restaurants all over town.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Everyone on my mom’s side of the family (except for the oldest cousins) gathered at my grandma’s house for dinner and to celebrate Ansa’s 11th birthday. Because I dislike being anywhere without something to do, I brought my collection of coloring pages and markers along with me. After dinner, the youngest cousins and I doodled in the front living room.
I was astonished to find that Emira, the youngest Colbert child of only three years, was coloring within the lines better than anyone older than her. Her artwork could have been mistaken for an adult’s, that is until she filled in an egg with an orange marker. 😂 😂 That night, Madeline came home with us to sleep over with Ansa.
Friday, March 10, 2017
The next morning, Ansa and Madeline tried to make cake pops with the cake pop maker Ansa got for her birthday the day earlier. After a semi-successful attempt, the two played with Ansa’s Tsum Tsums before (literally) hanging out in Ansa’s ENO. Then everyone but me (who had homework to do) went to Brendan’s football game.
Afterward, everyone gathered at our house where we hung out until whoever left returned from Panera with the bread. My family and I helped our aunts, uncles, and cousins bag up as many bagels, loaves, and pastries they wished to consume before the cousins helped take down the birthday decorations.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
On the Colbert family’s final day in South Carolina, we went to Uncle John and Aunt Christina’s house. Uncle John took the cousins down to the creek where we redirected the water flow by building several dams and carving out multiple trenches. On our way back, we continued to swing on the tree swing as we had on the way down.
I had been recording a few turns, but when mine came along, I handed the camera off to Ansa. However, during our second time at the swing, someone (either Haydn or me) decided that I film while swinging and then pass the phone off to my brother as sort of a game.
“Oh my word, this was not a good idea!” I exclaimed the first time we tried it. I now only had one hand to hold onto the rope with, and so felt gravity’s pulls even more than I had before. “I am going to fall off,” I said. However, after the first few successful passes off to Haydn, I began to see the adrenaline as entertaining. Our game felt like something out of an action movie sequence.
When Haydn gave me a running push to start the second round, I almost mowed over Joel. Thankfully he moved very quickly, and I swung by convinced that “this is not at all safe.”
As I prepared to make the first handoff to Haydn, someone made a comment to which I somewhat laughed saying, “After I hit someone else.” Hadyn received the recording device, and in a fleeting second, I comprehended that his head was in line with the swing’s course of action. “WATCH OUT!” I shrieked. Screams filled the air, and suddenly Haydn was on the ground. The wooden plank I was sitting on had struck him in the shoulder. Praise the Lord for his reflexes! 😅 😅