Sunday, April 10, 2011
DGS had a good week at school and REALLY wanted to go camping. So, I packed up the camper and when DH got home from 4 days of back packing in the snow in TN, he threw his clothes in the washer, got a bath, ate dinner, loaded the kayaks in the truck, and off we went for a weekend of camping. It was late when we got there, but we set up our site and got ready for a fun day Saturday. We had the two of us, the 2 grands, DD#2, and her dog, so it was a bit more crowded than usual, but we managed just fine.
Saturday we got up early and DGS #2 didn't want to kayak on the river, so everyone else went.
and he and I walked to the playground.
Then we went fishing, and he caught the only one of the day, he was very proud.
Saturday afternoon was filled with a nap, a hike, an ice cream social with games, a ride on Mr Paul's ATV, dinner, and campfire with friends and of course Smores (yes, I did have one).
This morning we slept in then got in the lake with the kayaks.
The boys and DD tried out other modes of transportation as well.
We all came home very tired and ready for dinner and bed. Hopefully we had another memory filled weekend.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
DD and SonIL were both working yesterday, so the grands came to our house after school. We decided to experiment and see if they would/could ride in the kayaks, and they loved it. We can't turn the youngest lose by himself, but he rides really well. Didn't get a picture of him in the kayak with me, but we did get out and paddle around the lake.
Got in a little fishing, too. Didn't catch a thing this time, but it was fun anyway.
Today it is almost cold. What is going on with the weather this year?
Monday, April 04, 2011
My grandmother sent me a message that she guessed she would never see the great-great-grands again. So since DH, DD and SonIL all worked last weekend, I loaded the boys up after school Friday and took them to visit. My grandmother lives with my parents now, so we got to spend time on the farm and had lots of fun, and ate everything in sight. The boys are old enough now they are getting over some of their fears and can be trusted on their own a bit more. They loved that.
The weather turned off nice for a change, and we got up early Saturday and hit the yard sales. The youngest won a cake at a church cake walk and was so proud of himself. But he shared it with all of us. They each bought a little toy and stuffed animal, but we didn't find any bargains.
and we got to go fishing (caught 7).
While we were fixing lunch, they played outside and rode the little gator around the house.
After lunch the youngest had to take a "rest" (fell asleep in less than 3 minutes) and the oldest got to ride his 4-wheeler for a while. He did very well under PawPaw's watchful eye and was allowed to ride it in the "big field" later.
All the neighborhood dogs found out there were boys in the area so they came down to play ball and run with the boys. I'm glad they are getting over their fear of animals. They even got along with the horses in the pasture.
Just as we were getting ready to leave, my cousin's son (he's 16) came down to fish. The oldest grand wanted to go with him so badly (and asked him if he could come along) that I couldn't say no. So off they went.
I thought they would fall asleep on the way home, but they didn't. They sat in the back seat and watched WALL-E all the way home. I'm sure they slept well last night. I know I did. But great-great-grandmaw got to see the boys, and she was very pleased.
Forgot to say, we went through some more of my great grandmother's house and found some of my great aunt and great grandmother's quilt patterns. Nothing fancy, just the templets they had used. They are full of holes from being pinned and the edges are worn, but there is something nice about having their quilting things that is comforting.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
After having a great weekend, the week is off to a shaky start. Monday my diverticulitis decided to act up again, so here I am on a low residue diet (miss my vegetables) and back on antibiotics for 10-14 days. Didn't get any riding in Monday or today, but perhaps by Thursday I will feel good enough to get back on the trainer. Guess I should have skipped the peanuts last weekend.
Monday, March 28, 2011
This past weekend DH and I went to the Alabama Tandem Weekend in Clayton, AL. It was based at the Abercrombe Fish Camp (more of a hunting lodge, but he packs sells farm raised catfish, hence the fish camp part). We arrived early enough on Thursday to get a 26 mile ride in. The roads were great and drivers very courteous.
Friday was our first official ride of the weekend. We had lunch at the Dime Store Restaurant in Clayton.
We stopped by the cemetery to see the whiskey bottle tombstone. The story goes that the man's wife told him if he didn't stop drinking it would kill him and she would make him a whiskey bottle tombstone. He didn't, it did, so she did.
Then we hit the road.
After a few more miles we stopped at State Park and did a bit of fishing. We could earn 1 point in the trivia game for each fish caught. No one earned any points.
A few more miles and we were back at the cabins with 38 miles for the day. A quick shower, then dinner at the restaurant at the camp.
Saturday started windy and cloudy, but off we went. We have 6 more riders (1 more double, 1 triple and a single rider). Today is the trivia game. We will be asked questions about our ride (names of churches, unusual sights, that type thing) so every stoker is taking notes as we go along. Lunch was at Hagler's BBQ (man was it good).
And we had a group picture.
Then on to the Blue Springs State Park where our host's mom brought us home made cookies and home made ice cream for desert.
After we recovered from our big lunch, we hit the road again. But it wasn't long till the rain caught up with us.
But it was short lived and we made it back all dried out and we got in all 48 miles. Dinner was at the camp's restaurant again.
We played the trivia game (no we didn't win). I was amazed at the detail in some of the questions.
The prize was a pair of Adirondack chairs made by our host.
Sunday brought the sunshine back! We had a wonderful breakfast made by our host and the owner of the camp, then off we went.
After a beautiful, and un-eventful 24 miles, we got back, cleaned up, packed and went to Eva's Kitchen for some of the best home cooking I've ever had. It is a small hard to find place, but well worth it.
After eating way to much of Eva's great cooking, we headed to Troy to visit our DD and restock her fridge for the week. Then headed home for a good night's sleep in our own bed. Another great weekend, and a BIG thanks to our hosts Steve and Wendy for all their work setting things up.
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