Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Friday, July 15, 2016

Summers Heating Up

Monday June 27- Like most Monday's it's Hailey day. We really enjoy having her so we can get some one on one time with her. Ashton was an only child for 5 years so we had lots of time with him. Now we can get that same time with Hailey. She is really easy to entertain. She helps me bake, likes to beat Papa at memory and really enjoys the park. We did all of those things this time plus she wanted to fish. We tried but had no luck.

Tuesday June 28- Yesterday was all about Hailey, today all about Ashton. We are so lucky to be able to spend this time with the kids. We miss them when we are gone, so while we are here we like to make lots of memories. Today we are taking a road trip to Big Creek State Park which is just north of Des Moines. We packed up some food and went to pick up Ashton. He is really growing up fast. We thought he would sleep but he wanted to talk. He asked us to tell him stories about his dad. That was fun to do. Our biggest reason for coming here was they rented sailboats. Jeff went to inquire about renting a hobie 16 getaway. It was a beautiful day but the wind wasn't what we wanted. It wasn't a total bust cause we did have some wind. Jeff wanted more but Ashton was happy. Papa gave him his first sailing lesson and I think he liked it.

After sailing we hung out at the beach for awhile. Buses of kids kept showing up so after the 5th one pulled in we pulled out. Since we were so close to Des Moines we went in to make a few stops. We did an early supper at the Cheesecake Factory and stopped at Trader Joes, we have missed that place.

It was long drive home and a long day, but it was a good one that's for sure. Everyone had fun but all were exhausted.

Friday July 1- It's a new month and the weather sure doesn't feel like July. It's wonderful out. We are going to have a family picnic on Sunday. We used these days to get food and stuff prepared. We have been enjoying our hummingbirds too. It's all I can do to keep there feeders filled. Some of them I fill every day. It's crazy fun to watch them.

The park is full and the weather's is perfect. We just have been enjoying our surroundings. I have been working extra hard to finish this quilt. The weddings going to be here before we know it.

Sunday July 3- Its really a pretty day. I would even say its cool out there when the sun goes under a cloud. We went to church and got a surprise text from our niece Taylor, she and her husband are coming up and wanted to know if we could get together..? I told her the kids are coming out and join us as soon as you get to town. We got home and started getting things together when Justin & Molly showed up. They brought the fryer for cooking the fish. We got started cooking and here comes Seth & Katie with the kids. We had the bags out to play and Ashton's target for his bow and arrows. We wanted to make it a bit harder so we bought balloons to blow up and put on the target.

Everyone loved the fish and had a good time enjoying each other and the weather. Taylor and her husband Taylor and son Hudson showed up. It was good to see them and catch up.

It was a fun day with the family. We also had a baby in the mix...who doesn't love a baby?

Monday July 4- Happy 4th of July everyone!! Cedar Rapids has a big thing going on downtown to celebrate but we don't attend. It's just too busy for us. Jeff went golfing with Justin and Molly in the morning. I stayed back and finished marking the quilt. I'm so close to finishing the quilting part it's hard to pull myself away. When Jeff got back he took me to town to look for some shoes for the wedding.. I found them another thing crossed off of my list. We just had leftovers for supper. It was a good way for us to celebrate the special day.

Tuesday July 5- It's a hot one today. Katie had the day off so her and I went to the pool with Hailey. Jeff and Ashton went to a movie...Independance Day Resurgence. They saw it in 3D and Ashton loved it. Jeff thought it was OK. Another fun day...we are lucky.

Wednesday July 6-Boy did it rain last night. There was plenty of wind and lightning too. We went to the store today. It's really hot and humid. The park is a ghost town now. I got stuff at the store to get ready for this weekend. It's Molly's bachorette party in The Lake of the Ozarks. Then I finshed quilting the blocks only have the border to quilt before binding it.

Thursday July 7-It looked rainy this morning so I skipped my walk and packed up my stuff for the weekend. I also finished up the quilting. I'm so excited to get this quilt done. The binding will have to wait til next week.

 Friday July 8- Look out Lake of the Ozarks here come the Marlins. We all met at Justin and Molly's at 8 a.m., well almost all of us. We packed up all the suitcases, bags, food, coolers, and other stuff. We got in 2 vehicles and headed south. We had a condo just waiting for us to arrive. We got there about 1:30. We unloaded and got in touch with Tim and Sheila. They are friends of Tammy's (Molly's mom). They own a condo down here and also have a very nice boat that they offered up. Not only that they were awesome tour guides. We thought we would get to go out in the boat on Saturday, but they told us to come on over and go for a ride. So we jumped into our swim suits and headed over. I need to explain 1 thing.....I have never been to a bachorette party and not really sure what to expect.

Here's how we started out. The girls up front, the mom's in the back and Tim our trusty captain. It was a super nice boat and he gave us a nice afternoon of boating. We made our way over to a place called Coconuts and that's where the party really got going. The girls had fun and so did I. I just had my fun without so much alcohol.

By the time we got back to the condo it was 9 o'clock and we hadn't had supper so we ordered up some pizzas and called it a night. We have another day of boating tomorrow.

Saturday July 9-This time Tim and Sheila came and picked us up at our dock. Now that's service. We lucked out with the weather, it was calling for rain all weekend but luckily the weatherman was wrong.

We made the rounds here at the lake. Tim showed us around and found a place where we could jump in and cool off. We had a full day out on the water. Boy is this lake BUSY! We got back around 6 and everyone had to get gussied up for the night out on the town. I was ready in about 10 minutes the others took awhile. Everyone looked really good when we headed out the door.

As we where leaving to go to dinner we spotted some lightning in the distance but it never rained on us. We went to dinner at H Toad. It wasn't very good and the service wasn't good either. They had a couple different bands playing there that the girls liked. Then when I was ready to go home they decided to go to Shady Gators to listen to another band. It was a late night but I think everyone had a great time. That was a late night for me.

Sunday July 10- Even after getting to bed so late ....up early. We started packing everything up and cleaning up the place. We were on the road heading home before 9 a.m., that was a surprise. The weather was good until we got close to home and that's when the rain came in. Jeff was waiting for me when I got to Justin's. We stopped by Seth's to pick up Hailey and headed back. Jeff had a yummy roast in the crock pot. It was so good after a weekend of not much eating. After supper we got a phone call from Lenny. A friend from Palo. He and his wife Dawn came out for a visit. She and I talked quilting and the boys...guitar stuff. It was a nice way to end the evening and a busy weekend.