Our weekend was spent in the garden, with friends, and in church.
Our close friends, Scot, Lesley, & Lincoln came to town for a visit this weekend.
We ate Italian with them 2 nights in a row. :)
I made homemade salsa from our garden veggies.
Michael dug up our potatoes.
The kids each cut a watermelon from our garden.
We attended a parenting seminar at our church.
We had our 1st annual Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. Michael was the winner spitting a seed a whopping 26 feet 8 inches. Olivia came in 2nd at 15 feet, I was 3rd at 12 feet 6 inches, and Isaac 2 feet. Joshua was too tired to participate.
Last Friday morning I updated my status on facebook to read:
Sunscreen - check Life jackets - check Food and water for the day - check Fishing poles - check Boat rental for the day - check Ready for fun with friends on the river all day - CHECK!!! : )
Last Friday we took off to the river for the day with our close family friends. The day was HOT and we had to use a great deal of sunscreen. It was a beautiful morning and the breeze felt divine as we skimmed across the water.
After traveling a few miles we found a cozy cove to anchor down in and all took a splash in the water. It was a first for each of my kids...to wear life vests and to swim in a lake or river. They each enjoyed it, but Joshua did the most. He had a huge grin on his face the entirety of the time he spent in the water.
Our swimming cove
After swimming and eating a scrumptious picnic lunch the boys pulled in the anchor and we took off on an adventure.
After riding around for about 30 minutes we found the perfect fishing cove to cast our hooks into. However, at about the same time we also began to see an approching storm including lightening. Unfortutely, it wasn't too far off from us either. So we tried to outrun it. But, when we realized we weren't going to be able to and in addition saw the lightening getting nearer and nearer, we knew we needed to get off the water and under cover. F.A.S.T.
We happened to be near an aquaintance's lake house, texted him for permission, and tied off at his dock and took cover under his porch while we waited for the storm to pass.
Well, we thought it would pass. We watched the storm system on our phones and saw another storm forming right behind the one we were in. We had a few moments to try to beat the next storm and try to stay out of the rain and get our rental boat back in time. We like living on the edge!
As my friend later pointed out in response to my facebook status ...Ponchos - NO check!
While riding back to the marina in the pelting COLD rain, a white rain wall followed us. Through it all, we were still having fun though because we were together.
Even though we were disappointed we didn't get to fish or ride out to our final destination, I have to admit that we were all grateful to arrive back safely even though we were wet drenched and cold.
But, our day didn't end there.
Our friends went home, showered, warmed up, and came over to our house for a pizza dinner and s'mores.
Then to top off the day, the grown-ups played Mexican Train Dominoes while the kids played quietly in their rooms all evening long (well, most of the evening was quiet).
We made memories that day that will NEVER be forgotten!
Thank you friends for our day on the river ... and after. P.S. How 'bout a "rain" check on our fishing trip. Ok?
Olivia has started a business of her own this summer at our local farmer's market. She's selling zinnias that she has been growing in our garden. She was SO excited to make her very first three sells today!
Olivia is growing up right before my eyes. I have seen SO much growth (physically, emotionally, mentally) and accomplishments in her life from a newly-turned-10 to now a newly-turned-11. Her mind amazes me and how she LOVES to learn. And she LOVES ADORES reading. She began taking violin and has never complained about practicing, proving to me that she truly enjoys it. She accomplished the goal of becoming a Memory Master through our homeschool group this last year which means she was able to recite 24 weeks worth of material about history, Engish grammar, math, geography, Latin, science, and 198 timeline cards in 2 1/2 hours. She appeared in not one, but two theatrical plays and enjoyed every minute of it. And she has begun her own business at our local farmer's market selling zinnias and has met all the retired farmers from our community. :)
And now on to our interview:
Mommy: What is your favorite color?
Olivia: PINK! You've always known that.
Mommy: What is your favorite thing to eat?
Olivia: Chocolate cake
Mommy: Where is your favorite place to eat?
Olivia: Mt. Fuji. It's REALLY good.
Mommy: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Olivia: An archaeologist, actress, or violinist.
Mommy: What do you dislike?
Mommy: What is your favorite day?
Olivia: Because we celebrate the birth of Jesus and we get to be with family.
Mommy: What is your favorite thing God made?
Mommy: What type is your favorite?
Olivia: I have two. Zinnias and roses. PINK roses, by the way.
Mommy: What is your favorite movie?
Olivia: The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz
Mommy: What is your favorite song?
Olivia: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
Mommy: Where is your favorite place to go?
Mommy: What is your favorite subject in school?
Olivia: HISTORY (With a big smile.)
Mommy: Your least?
Olivia: MATH. You know that!
Mommy: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Olivia: Cross stitch, make friendship bracelets, read, and work puzzles.
Mommy: What is your favorite memory from the past year?
Olivia: Going to Arkansas for Christmas.
Mommy: Do you think you'll get married when you grow up?
Mommy: Do you want to have babies when you grow up?
Mommy: What is your favorite thing to eat that Mommy cooks?
Olivia: Chicken and dumplings
Mommy: What is your favorite fruit to eat?
Mommy: What is your favorite vegetable to eat?
Mommy: What do you most enjoy doing with Daddy?
Olivia: Playing board games
Mommy: What do you most enjoy doing with Mommy?
Mommy: What do you most enjoy doing with Isaac?
Olivia: Acting out movies
Mommy: What do you most enjoy doing with Joshua?
Olivia: Acting out movies
Mommy: What are you looking forward to now that you are 11?
Olivia: Starting my own business.
Mommy: What does Daddy do all day?
Mommy: What does Mommy do all day?
Olivia: Cooks, cleans, works on the computer
Mommy: What is the most valuable thing in the world to you?
Olivia: My family
Mommy: What's your favorite book?
Olivia: Mystery books, like Nancy Drew, American Girl mysteries, The Boxcar Children
Mommy: What frightens you?
Mommy: What did you enjoy learning while you were 10?
Olivia: Playing the violin and learning Latin.
Mommy: What's it like to be 11?
Olivia: I feel a little more grown up.
Mommy: If you could visit any place in the world where would it be?
Olivia: London and Paris
Mommy: If you could visit with any person at any time in history who would it be?
Olivia: First Jesus and then George and Martha Washington
Mommy: What would you ask them?
Olivia: I would ask Jesus what it's like to be on earth and I'd ask George and Martha Washington what it was like for them during the Revolutionary War and if they enjoyed being the first president and first first lady.