ds1's last day of summer school. They visited Liberty Park's water canyon. I didn't go so that he can socialise more with teachers and friends, although I would have loved to see what they did. I haven't been to the park but have heard of how big, how fun and how nice it is. I think to most Utahns, Liberty Park to SLC is like Central Park is to New Yorkers.
When dh brought him home at lunch time, my mom treated us to KFC buffet. Yup, they have KFC buffet here, something like Pizza Hut's salad bar, with salad, pasta, lasagne, and lots of chicken. Crispy, BBQ, spicy and original.
Then dh went back to school while we played at home.
My parents last full day here. We decided to celebrate Fathers' Day for my dad, so had dh buy back from Olive Garden. This is an Italian restaurant, that serves very good food for reasonable prices.
Mom wrote one last "story book" for kids. Ds2 also showed grandpa an elephant. Then ds1 enjoyed pushing my dad very much, pushing him all the way to one end of the terminal then back. My dad also gamely practised wheeling himself, doing U-turns and so on... Afterall this is his 1st time in a wheelchair. He took everything in his stride, despite the pain, and having to go through long flights to LA, then Japan, then Spore.
Then we began the last hugs and words, and they went to queue. But, we forgot dad is now a privileged individual. The moment my mom queued with him to have security checks, a female officer signalled my dad right to the front. Look at the long queue he cut! They are very considerate and thoughtful of disabled or needy people indeed.
To take their minds off my parents leaving, we went to Walmart and allowed them to use a portion of the money my parents gave them to buy something they liked. For ds2, I did the sums for him. But for ds1, we let him know he had $30 and he could choose things and then see exactly how much $30 can buy. Had actually wanted him to understand some math and some money concepts by this, but didnt know if it were a good idea after all cos all of us got so tired waiting for him to make up his mind.
He would get figurines and asked me to add up for him, then decided something else was more worth it. Then he'd take a moving dinosaur for adding up, and I would have to tell him it was too much, then he'd need to take something else. And so on. He also had too many distractions, he basically liked everything at the toy corner. And even wanted to expand his choices to food. Said he wanted to buy bread and peanut butter with his money! We told him no need, that we have at home...
And then he wanted swords and guns but we have a "no automatic/ sound making/ bullet shooting gun" policy. We're fine with water guns, but no other. No swords or those maces and funny weapons too. And no battery operated toy. I know very bad, so many restrictions, but then battery operated toys spoil easily and make too much noise.
So he chose and deliberated till 8+pm when I gave him an ultimatum to make the decision within 5min.
See next post for what they bought.