Memorial Day Fun

Memorial Day 2010 was a perfect weekend for us.  We got some work done around the house, but mostly just played a lot and had a lot of fun.  We finally got this summer’s pool, a bigger pool for a bigger family.  We filled it up Saturday morning and spent most of the afternoon playing in the water.  We were about to head in to take baths before dinner, then just decided to bring the baths outside and soaped the kids up right there in the pool.  We fixed burgers and hot dogs and corn on the cob and had some friends over to share them with us.  The fun ended with another splash session–this time fully clothed.  The kids were all so funny as one by one they checked with us to make sure they were really allowed to get their clothes wet.  Once they figured out that they really weren’t going to get in trouble, the splashing got really wild!

Sunday we decked them all out in their sailor dresses (and matched Samuel as best we could).  I told them they could wear sailor dresses in honor of Granddaddy who was a sailor.  It was a special service not only because Clay got to preach, but it was also his first time officiating over communion. 

Monday morning found us heading with friends to Land Between the Lakes for a family hike.  It was a kid-friendly trail, which was nice for the two preggy mamas as well.  We saw frogs and butterflies–no turtles or snakes but we did see 7 or 8 deer chasing each other through the woods right beside us which was very cool.  The sun was pretty kind by staying behind the clouds, but it was still rather hot for a woman 6 1/2 weeks away from giving birth to be on a hike, kid-friendly or not.  The air-conditioning in the van was very welcome.  We went back home to rest and swim a while, then headed out with the same family for dinner at the Oasis in Kuttawa, followed by ice cream at Tambco (the gas station in Salem.  Yes, we go to the gas station for ice cream.  It’s Salem, remember?). 

Our kids were great, the fellowship with friends was sweet, and the weather was beautiful.  We could not have asked for a better weekend.  Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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