I decided to name the kids as follows for the summer:
The older one is Skyfox because she hangs out on the 3rd floor and nestles into her little den a lot. Also, it sounds cool.
The younger one is Red 2 because it kind of sounds like a wingman from Star Wars, and she has that vibe right now. Also, it sounds cool.
Red 2 named me Orangeballer because I was playing with an orange bouncy ball when she named me that. She later changed it to Bedhead when I was near a bed and have a head, I guess. 🤷🏻♂️
Here are Skyfox and Red 2 hanging out at a coffee shop. We went here because we could eat outside even on a rainy day. We had a great time joking around. They were roasting each other pretty good, as you can see from their faces.
We’re easing our way back to “normal”, in this case meaning a more fun summer than last. ☀️ I jumped on a pool pass at the Austin Motel (“So Close, Yet So Far Out”). This hotel pool turns out to be less crowded and more fun than neighborhood social club the High Road, which we tried the summer before last.
One thing I love about Molly is that she’s not trying to be an adult yet. She made a “sea raft” out of swim noodles, held together with goggles. We played with our pool toys, Sammie the Seamonster and Ollie Octopus.
And we took lots of underwater photos, using my iPhone as a bit of a pool toy itself. I guess it could use a cleaning anyways. 🤷🏻♂️
Today I set Molly up with a new keyboard and mouse for her MacBook at the little desk in her room. She said the liked the mouse and then started played with the keyboard. It was a little “clickier” that what she was used to.
Her face immediately lit up, and she rolled out a pretty great joke…
“Hey, Dad. What do I sound like?” she said as she clicked continually on the new, loud keyboard.
“I don’t know. A kid typing?” I said.
“No,” she said. “Any school nurse.” Then she giggled a lot, as did I.
“Hey, Dad. Go outside and come back in,” she said, gesturing towards the door.
When I cam back, Molly greeted me as a nurse. “What is bothering you today, honey?” I told her I had a scraped knee. She continued to type loudly.
“Okay, let me see what we can do about that,” and turned toward her web browser to type something in.
Then she whispered to me, “Dad, look what I’m searching.”
She had typed in the Google search field, “what is a nurse.” 😆
We strolled up to Cosmic Coffee (and Beer Garden). We’re trying to get out for regular walks to prepare for our trip to Ireland later this year. “We’re going to be waling all around Dublin, so let’s get our legs ready,” I told them. Luckily, they were pretty enthusiastic about walking. Bonus: the Texas heat will make walking around Ireland seem like a literal cake walk.
Also, Molly wanted to try out iced tea since she had enjoyed some stevia-based tea at home. But she was not terribly impressed with unsweet green hibiscus tea, describing it as “bitter”. 🤷🏻♂️