Thursday, May 26, 2011

memorial weekend 2011: days 1 & 2

jay has a lot of vacation days built up at work, but rarely uses any. i guess reason being is because he absolutely loves his job and well for the most part, it's hard traveling with a nearly 3 month old when you don't have family or someone to help out when the older kids want to go do something. don't get me wrong, we're pretty awesome at tag-teaming, but i don't want to be strapped down with the baby all the time while everyone else is having fun. this is where my family comes in. god bless every single one of them. :) so we decided to take a mini "staycation" to the lakehouse for about a week. my mom took off on thursday and friday as well and my dad came up in between his shifts at work. add on that my mamaw lives only minutes away from our lakehouse, and well, we had the perfect amount of help with sweet baby jem-jem while we went swimming, cruised around on the boat, played with friends, etc all while baby jem-jem slept and wanted to be held.

furthermore, we had an absolute blast from start to finish. it was relaxing and a nice change of pace and scenery. i will try my best to relay the events, but will most likely hit on the highlights. thankfully, my severe addiction of taking numerous pictures help me to remember them. and so it begins...

wednesday afternoon, we picked up jay's boat and headed to the lake. as usual, i called mamaw beforehand and requested our utmost favorite meal: chicken and dumplins. we put the boat in the water as jay drove it to the lakehouse, unpacked everything (by the way, packing for a family of five for a week felt like i packed enough stuff to stay for a month. i'm an over-packer by nature. fact. better safe than sorry, i say.) and then we headed over to the farmhouse where mamaw had a yummy dinner awaiting us. it was absolutely delicious and mamaw got to hold sweet baby jemma for the first time ever as we sat down to eat. my cousin julie bug was there and we all talked for a bit while abby proceeded to brush her hair...that was in a ponytail. nice. here are some pics...the next morning, the girls woke up excited and begged their pawpaw to go outside with them as they picked some wildflowers. this is one of their favorite things to do with their pawpaw because he always makes them a beautiful crown out of the flowers to wear on their heads. here are some pics...after breakfast, we all got ready, put our swimsuits on and enough SPF to supply a small army. then, we headed down to the dock for some swimming and later cruised around on the boat. abby and lyla had a blast laughing and giggling as they tossed their hair in the wind. it was the funniest cutest thing ever. they did it repeatedly until almost giving themselves a whiplash and falling to the floor. silly girls. then they wanted to help daddy drive the boat so they took turns...which actually ended up with both of them sitting on him and grabbing the steering wheel. can't wait for baby jemma to get big enough to make another small seat on his lap. jay loves it. i know he does. there's just something about having daddy's girls. i know because i am one. here are some pics...after cruising around for a bit (which is my favorite because i get to soak up some sun and the fact that the wind in my hair and the hum of the water splashing behind us just puts me at immediate ease), we headed back to the lakehouse. after eating dinner, jay went down to the dock for some fishing. he caught a good size catfish and the girls were in awe at seeing it. lyla even wanted to touch it. pawpaw brought it back up to the house and put it in the sink before cleaning and skinning it. here are some pics...

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