Mom, John and I, after Yellowstone, made our way to Fort Collins. We got there on Uncle David’s birthday and I immediately jumped in Grandmama’s pool - it felt amazing. Kaia and Uncle David were already in it; Aunt Susan, Grandmama, and Mom hung out near the pool. Cousin Pat and her daughter Carolyn arrived shortly after and we all went to Lulu, a really cool East Asian restaurant. I am using that broad term because there was Thai, Chinese, and Japanese food - maybe other countries were represented, not sure. I got my favorite kind of sushi (eel) and was very happy. I was even happier than usual to have it because I was realizing that I didn’t have trouble eating “real” food (after getting my wisdom teeth out) so that was great.
Thursday, Kaia, Uncle David, Aunt Susan and Grandmama came to the KOA campground (where Mom, John and I are staying in a cabin, until we leave tomorrow morning) and some of us went on paddleboats while the rest of us swam in the pool. We agreed that Grandmama’s pool is a lot better. After our chosen water activities, we went shopping and then had a barbeque
at the campground, along with the D.-family after they were finished with school/work. It was great - I liked Uncle David’s grilling skills.
Friday, I got to spend a lot of the day with just Aunt Susan and Kaia, and let me simply say that we had some fun.
Then, we went to a Peace Corps-sponsored drum festival and danced; then we went to the D.-family’s house, where they ordered some amazing pizza (it was maybe the best pizza I’ve ever had.) We also had a good salad that Aunt Kathleen made, which had walnuts and mandarin oranges and raspberry vinaigrette. Uncle John and Aunt Dianne arrived at around 8, so we got to see them for awhile that night.
The next morning (Saturday) we spent the day swimming, canoeing, and just hanging out with each other. That evening was the long-anticipated birthday celebration for Uncle David at a Mexican restaurant (he got to wear his sombrero… a very important goal!) and we even topped off the meal with a clay-animal-making contest and some karaoke (including my mother and Uncle David singing a song in Spanish, Uncle John singing “Born to be Wild” - this shocked and
amazed a lot of us - and some others… well, it’s only fair that I admit that I forced my younger cousins into singing a Michael Jackson song with me.)
After the restaurant, we went to the D.-family’s house and had a celebration for Andrea’s and Uncle David’s birthdays. We had cake and ice cream, balloons, singing, and a special viewing of the famous “Life of an Oink” and other videos of our parents as kids. It was really cool of Uncle David to combine those videos into DVDs. Uncle John brought a DVD that talked about the history of Irving, and Grandmama of course recognized everything in it.
Sunday (today) was spent, at first, at the D.-family’s house, where Aunt Kathleen made a really good breakfast. Then, Kaia, Uncle David and Aunt Susan had to leave. It was not a happy moment. After that, most of the rest of us went to Picnic Rock and walked around with Sophie and enjoyed Colorado’s scenery. It was very nice. Then we had dinner with some of the stuff left from the barbeque and some stuff that was bought at the grocery store tonight.
Tomorrow, my mom, John, and
I are leaving for Denver to see some important skate park and then to visit my mom’s old roommate Apryl Lisa, and our cousin Sarah and her husband Eddie. Uncle John and Aunt Dianne are staying until the end of this week. We would be able to if it wasn’t for me. I’m sad about that, but oh well - that just means we’ll have to stay longer next time.
Well, I guess after writing the title of this post, I should explain what it means. “Sababa” is a Hebrew phrase that a girl recently taught me. “Sababa and everything” is a game that that same girl taught me; pretty much everyone was subjected to long sessions of this game. The word means that everything is great. The phrase "Sababa and everything" is followed by a "but" and then there is a flaw listed. The point of the game is to decide whether or not it is possible to overlook that flaw or not.
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