BLUE, BLACK, RED, YELLOW, PINK, and WHITE
BLUE, BLACK, RED, YELLOW, PINK, and WHITE
The end of summer is nearing...
we are savoring ALL that is left.
Eating tomato sandwiches for lunch with some of the last of our garden tomatoes,
making yard art out of recyclables,
admiring butterflies on zinnias,
drawing zinnias cut from our garden,
and weenie roasts for dinner.
How are you savoring the end of your summer?
Several weeks ago we had a fun and memorable day on the river with our friends. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't so cooperative and we promised each other a redo pontoon Day on the River. Last Saturday was our "Take Two."
This time my facebook status read:
Take Two proved to be a glorious day. Temperatures in the mid-80's, sunshine, and blue skies.
Our Captains Jake and Michael
Junior Captain Jude driving
After riding upstream awhile, we found a cove to swim in and all took a dip.
Picturesque side view of our swimming cove
After our swim, Olivia and Hanna got to intertube creating fun childhood memories.
For lunch we dined on delicious Snake Sandwiches Michael made for us.
While eating we made our way to Goat Island. Why is it named Goat Island? Are there really goats on the island? Can you see the goats? Are the goats dangerous? were some of the questions asked as we approached shore.
[I am very intrigued in knowing the history of Goat Island, so if someone would like to share with me, I would be much obliged. :) ]
A bottle/shoe tree welcomed us ashore
After arriving on Goat Island, a portion of us began a search party for "The Goats of Goat Island." When 20 minutes had passed and no goats were spotted, our party began to grow restless and questioned if goats really do live on the island. We decided to split up. Finally, someone claimed they had spotted the goats! We all gathered together to approach "The Goats" as a group and slowly walked up a hill. And sure enough, goats we saw! And I have pictures to prove it! :)
Goat Island proved to be a great place to dock for awhile. Not only for the sighting and novelty of seeing goats on a small island, but also for collecting shells (that I plan to use for a special project in the future)...
and a GREAT place for fishing!
Michael and Jake fishing with the kids
Olivia and Hanna enjoyed exploring the shoreline
A beautiful Sun Fish (Orangespotted?)
Unhooking our 9th and final fish
I even found a heart shaped rock for the love we found on Goat Island! :)
Before taking back off we enjoyed ice cold watermelon.
Jennifer, who was celebrating her birthday on the river, soaking up the sun
After leaving the island, cliff jumping was next on Michael's agenda for the day. Jake found the perfect spot for he and Michael to jump off cliffs until we had to head back to the marina.
Isaac and Jude after a game of throwing around driftwood
Jennifer and I
On our 45 minute trip back to the marina we enjoyed the quiet and beautiful views.
Jude sacked out.
Out of 5 children, Olivia was the only one not to fall asleep.
Back at the marina - What a wonderful and perfect Day on the River!
Next, we went home, cleaned up, and got ready for a party! Stay tuned...
RED, GREEN, and BROWN
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?
BLUE, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, and BROWN
Saturday morning we rose and headed out of town bright and early to the blueberry fields. The high was predicted to reach 95 degrees so we wanted to make sure we were finished with our picking early.
The kids were very helpful this year . . . in their own ways: Olivia picked this year without any complaining, Isaac stood by my side holding his bucket for me to drop blueberries into, and Joshua picked and ate, and ate, and ate his and everyone else's share of berries.
During our time picking, the kids gave me all sorts of suggestions of recipes to make with our blueberries. First up they wanted blueberry pancakes and muffins.
Notice what Joshua is doing in almost all of his pictures? He ate pretty much the whole time we were at the farm. He wasn't eating one at a time either-he was stuffing whole handfuls into his little mouth. He should have enough antioxidants to last him for at least a week. ;)
We ended up with just a little over a gallon of berries. We probably would have had two if Joshua wouldn't have been eating. :)
We can't wait to go back to pick more . . . especially Joshua!
YELLOW, BLUE, BLACK, and WHITE
This year our Memorial Day weekend turned into a staycation - getting things done around our home, working on Olivia's upcoming birthday party, relaxing, eating dinner outside each night, and spending time together as a family. On Friday the kids and I made a day trip to Memphis. The drive was spectacular with Queen Anne's Lace blanketing the roadsides. We spent the majority of our time in an antique mall talking about and learning about history. Saturday we tended the garden, the kids played in their pool, we grilled out hamburgers, and we had a family game night consisting of Jenga, Busy Bugs, and Blokus. Sunday brought us watermelon, more time in the pool, a batch of tea cakes like my great-grandmother used to make, a family movie, Dolphin Tale, and a late date night movie, Moneyball. Monday we spent more time outside in the pool, Olivia and I went on on girls shopping trip, and we worked on our Memorial Day dinner - Olivia shucked corn, Michael grilled barbeque chicken, and I worked on all the sides. We were grateful to spend time together as a family this weekend and are so thankful to live in a country where men and women sacrifice for us and our freedoms daily.
PINK, KHAKI, GREEN, and BLUE
Mississippi is welcoming us back with her extremely hot summer temperatures.
|Feels Like: 107°|
Precip: 0 in
Snow: 0 in
|Through 1am: Mostly clear with temperatures falling to near 81F. Winds light and variable.|