Our vacation escape room adventures continued today with a visit to The Playground. We joined up with a family of seven from North Carolina in order to get all of our grades so that we could make it to the dodge ball tournament on time. There was so many people in the room, it helped to break up into groups and solve multiple puzzles at the same time. We finished with five minutes to spare.
For Abby’s first semester at Florida State, she is studying abroad in London, England. What a great opportunity for her to learn a whole new culture without having to learn a foreign language. I haven’t been this nervous since we put Abby on the school bus for her first day of kindergarten.
She flew out last night and then landed at 2:00 a.m. EST, or 7:00 a.m. London time. She made her way through customs and then to the Florida State study center where she will be staying.
She said she’s loving her flat and getting to know her flatmates. So far, so good to her 3 month adventure in London, England. She starts school on Monday.
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.
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.
In honor of Abby graduating this week, we invited her, her boyfriend, Kaleb, and her sisters out to eat at Chuy’s.
Tonight was Abby’s water polo awards banquet. I know it was bittersweet for her. She’s really enjoyed the playing water polo these past three years and she’s sad to see it be over. Her team really appreciated her and she won two awards tonight: Lionhearted and Coach’s Choice.
The last two games of the regular season for Abby’s water polo team were tonight and it was also Senior Night. It started off with a ceremony where Abby was congratulated by the principal of her school. The first game was against Bishop Moore where they eked out a win 9 to 8. Abby scored a goal. She lobbed it right over the goalie’s head. For the second game, they beat Lake Brantley 11-9. Abby said they hadn’t beat that team in four years. Poppy flew in to see Abby play water polo and was glad he came for such great games. Congratulations to Abby on a great season. I’m so proud of her.