My week, and free movies

It has been an awesome week around here – dramatically different than last week’s Terror of the Tonsils episode.  I don’t usually sing the praises of Western medicine but I do like a good antibiotic once in a while.  Here is how our last week was spent:

Saturday:  Fun BBQ with good friends.  A.P. solved one of those metal puzzle things that you have to twist just the right way to get apart. The boy’s got skills.

Sunday:  All dressed up and no place to sing.  The kids were supposed to sing in church, but the date was changed so they were overly fancy for their W.O.W. (Wee Ones Worship) class.  At least no punch was served so the clothes can be worn whenever it is they do sing.

Monday: School’s Out For Summer.  For Maybelle anyway.  It was the last day of her awful preschool, but the concert that evening was filled with ridiculous cute-ness.  We made a huge deal out of it and gave her flowers.  My favorite part though was during the middle of the concert, she whipped out a tube of Cherry Chap Stick and put some on.  My husband gave me a ‘look’ and loud-whispered to me, “WHY did you give her chapstick to take on stage?!”.  I didn’t.  She smuggled it in, which I had to kind of respect the foresight and planning that took.  Not bad for a 3 1/2 year old.

Of course, the first episode of the Bachelorette kept me glued to the TV that evening.  I am pulling for Ed.

Tuesday:  A.P. nailed some math test that everyone in his grade and the grade above his took.  I don’t really know what it’s all about, but he scored crazy high on it and his teacher said it was a Big Deal.  This is a kid who takes a notebook to bed and does math for fun to relax before he goes to sleep, so I was impressed but not too surprised.

Wednesday:  This was the day we celebrated the teacher’s birthdays and I got to organize a project for the kids which even now makes me want to stop typing and clap in excitement.  You’ll hear more about this on Hobby Hump Day – I took pictures and everything.

Thursday:  We went to the Star Power Rally in Lansing.  This is our second year attending; and the weather was much more cooperative.  The kids had fun and it is always a pleasure for me to get a chance to talk about children’s advocacy issues.

Friday:  We went to a fun lunch party at a friend’s house, and then I had a dentist appointment.  I was completely dreading it, of course.  This is a new practice, and they have TVs for you to watch in your chair, which later serves as a screen for you to see your X-rays.  It’s so cool.  The best part though was that I do not have any cavities and then I somehow convinced the insurance company to call the dentist’s office (!) and straighten out a little billing mess.

I wanted to add some more free summer activities for you to enjoy ’cause last time I checked – we are still the Unemployment Capital of the Country around here and if anyone could use an inexpensive summer – it is us.  It is we.  No, us. Wait.  I don’t know.  Anyhow, someone please correct my grammar, and everyone else check this out.   It’s from the East Grand Rapids Parks and Rec brochure. I don’t know what an inflatable screen is, but I pretty much dig anything involving a Snack Wagon:

Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park are back! Grab your lawn chair or picnic blanket and join us for FREE family-friendly fun at John CollinsPark on the shores of Reeds Lake! Movies will be shown on a 30’ inflatable screen on Friday evenings at dusk. Come early to grab your seat and enjoy a hotdog dinner with chips and ice cream, provided by the Mac Snack Wagon! Macatawa Bank has generously agreed to donate Mac Snack Wagon proceeds to the Reeds Lake Trail Project Phase II. The KDL teen group will be selling fresh-popped popcorn and candy, with proceeds benefitting teen library programs. The series is sponsored by Macatawa Bank, in cooperation with the Kent District Library and the East Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department. The schedule is as follows (weather permitting):

Fri., Jul. 17 Hairspray! rated PG (apx. start time: 9:05p.m., run time 107 min.)

Fri., Jul. 31 Nim’s Island, rated PG (apx. start time: 8:50 p.m.,run time 95 min.)

Fri., Aug. 14 Hotel for Dogs, rated PG (apx. start time: 8:30 p.m., run time 100 min.)

Fri., Aug. 28 Happy Feet, rated PG (apx. start time: 8:10 p.m., run time 109 min.)

If you just can’t get enough of the duck poop in Collins Park, there is also a summer concert series that is free.  Don’t be shy, it’s not just for residents of East Grand Rapids. Details are here:

2009 Summer Concert Series

It’s time for some toe tappin’ music in the park this summer. The 2009 Summer Concert Series, sponsored by United Bank of Michigan and the City of East Grand Rapids, is ready for you and your family. Check out our website for local restaurant specials the night of each concert. Everyone is welcome to come and join us for an evening of music starting at 7:00 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled.

All ages welcome! John Collins Park – 650 Lakeside Dr. SE 

Dates: Tues., Jun. 9 & 23 Tues., Jul. 7 & 21 Tues., Aug. 4 & 18 Times: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

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