Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Three Day

It had been a while since we were able to take a 3 day weekend at the cabin and even longer since we'd had any warm weather up there. Last weekend was the perfect weekend to get away for a little while. The temperature hovered close to 80 almost the entire time we were there. 

We managed to stain the pier, put the pier in the water, and get the boat in all in one morning. After that the kids were in heaven. All four of them stayed on the boat, in the water (yes, they went swimming in that cold water), or on the pier pretty much the entire time. 
The boys loved venturing off on the paddle boat by themselves. Freedom!
And Grace was able to steal a little daddy time with a ride through the woods.
The next day was all about fishing. Joey and Ben took off in the paddle boat with their fishing rods and Tommy kept Grace company on the pier while she perfected her casting.
Ben and Joey even took Gracie out on the paddle boat with them while Tommy and Todd went to collect the trail cameras out of the woods.

And me? Well, I read and finished three books. THREE, people. Three. Three books in one weekend. It. Was. Awesome. (And I highly recommend The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman- so good)

Finally, and regretfully, it was time to say goodbye to the cabin and head back home. The holiday traffic was crazy and it took us hours longer than normal. Of course it didn't help that we stopped so many times but we just had to do this...
We had to pay respect to all those that so bravely fought for our freedoms and paid with their lives. We are forever in their debt. I always link to this post that I did a few years ago. Todd's bff wrote a "Day in the Life" piece on being a soldier and allowed me to post it on my blog. I like to link to it often in case you want to read it again. It is worth a reread.

Anyway, after we made the stop at the tank and the VFW Post we got back onto the road and went from being behind only a few cars to being behind a BILLION (yes, a billion) trucks, trailers, campers, and vans all heading in the same (slow) direction.

We staved off the frustration by stopping again.
Ice cream makes everything better.

Safe to say we eventually made it home where I proceeded to unpack everyone's bags, do three loads of laundry, clean the fish tank, feed the animals (dog, hamster, guinea pig, fish), water all the plants, pull some weeds, and make dinner. And I had a massive headache. Not the greatest way to end a good weekend but oh well.

This week has been a busy one. Baseball has started and with it a ton of practices. School is winding down (thank God) and with that there is always a certain amount of madness. Luckily, I haven't gotten to the point I was at last year yet. Nine more days left of school and I think we're gonna make it.

Life is chugging right along. Just as it should be.


Bijoux said...

What a wonderful, busy weekend! I remember those days of how hectic everything was, and I only have three kids. I would go back in an instant though. Bigger kids really does mean bigger problems. LOL!

Kat said...

ACK! Don't tell me that! I'm having enough trouble with the stupid little problems. Egad.

Tabor said...

Busy but not too crazy...just the way it should be for a young family.

Hilary said...
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Hilary said...

What a great way to spend a long weekend. Your kids will have so many fond memories as they grow.. and they're doing that part so beautifully. And I beg to disagree with Bijoux. Oh I would also return to those days, if I could.. just for a little while. But bigger kids just mean different problems. Not necessarily bigger. You'll be up for each challenge as they arise.

betty said...

That boat and lake looked inviting! I don't think I would have gotten into the water, but kids don't seem to mind, do they? But I would have enjoyed paddling that boat around :)

Looked like a wonderful weekend! I will have to check out that book; it seems interesting. Seemed like it was a good restful one for you if you could get that much reading accomplished in it.


Wisconsin Girl said...

I know that Dairy Cove chair! Fun place to stop for ice cream:) What a fun weekend. You are absolutely blessed that you have a place that is yours to escape to and create memories at. Wonderful!

Cyndy @ Back in the Bush said...

The cabin sounds like so much fun. Just think of all the memories being made!

lime said...

sounds like a great weekend all the way around!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

The cabin for a long weekend? Looks heavenly...and almost worth the holiday traffic. Almost!

Stephanie Faris said...

How fun! I still have so many great memories of trips like this when I was a kid, so I know they'll remember this for a lifetime. Plus, you got to read three books. Bonus!

Mom24 said...

Sounds heavenly (except for the headache and traffic, yuck). Glad you had such a good time, and thank you for the book tip.

Mom24 said...

Sounds heavenly (except for the headache and traffic, yuck). Glad you had such a good time, and thank you for the book tip.

Karen Deborah said...

Beautiful water and pictures! The kids look so happy and Molly has turned out to be such a great dog!
She is so WHITE! What do you do to keep her so clean use bleach?
Just teasin...I always get a headache in traffic. Think I get stressed out. You sound like me when I was your age. Heck you sound like me now!

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A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
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Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
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