We Didn’t Escape Prison

Abby had a day off from being a lifeguard down at the Oviedo pool, so we decided to spend that time in prison, an escape room prison that is. It was a challenge for six people, but the other two people didn’t show up, so we tackled it on our own. We also found out that it’s their toughest room, but we felt we were up for the challenge.

We started out in two separate cells and had to work together in order to get a key to our jail cells. One was a magnetic maze that me and Izzy could see and had to convey the direction Abby and Emily had to go on the other size in their cell. Once out, we had to figure out a few more puzzles to get through some doors. There were colored pipes and we had to look through them at hash marks on the wall in order to tell the combination to a lock. Then, we had to key in some switches to some tic-tac-toe puzzles that were around the room. A few more puzzles later and we slid down into our final room. With only ten minutes left, we didn’t have enough time to finish. We had two puzzles left when time was up.

It was a trough room, but we had fun. I thought we did a good job for down two people and it being their toughest room.

Musicians of the Galaxy

This past week Izzy attended the Seminole County Summer band camp for the third time. Big change from when she had only been playing the flute for eight days. The camp was themed around Guardians of the Galaxy and they all had shirts made up that said Musicians of the Galaxy. I was blown away by their rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody and they also played a medley of songs from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Happy Birthday, Izzy!

Today Izzy turns 14 years old! I can’t believe it. She’s finished seventh grade and is moving up to eighth grade in the fall. This past weekend she wanted to have fish for dinner, unique in our family, so we all went to Bonefish Grill and had a nice dinner. Emily even had shrimp and I had crab cakes with my steak. Later that evening we celebrated with cake and took some Polaroids of the festivities.

Emily Wins 9th Grade Citizenship Award

This past week Emily received an invitation to the senior graduation ceremony because she won an award. We couldn’t figure out what it could be and thought it weird that she would be attending the senior’s graduation. We found it today. She received the Citizenship Award. “In recognition of exemplary behavior and a positive attitude towards classmates, teachers, and the school community at Pace Brantley School.”

Abby Graduates High School

It’s finally here. Abby graduates from high school today! I’m so proud of Abby. I remember the day when she was getting on the bus the first day of Kindergarten. The graduation ceremony took place on the campus of the University of Central Florida at the basketball arena. After speeches from the principal, the two salutatorians, and the valedictorian, all 600 students including Abby walked across the stage. Finally balloons dropped upon the newly graduated students.