Monday, May 30, 2011

memorial weekend 2011: day 6

monday marked memorial day where we reflected and thanked the great men and women who have and are serving this great country. they were in our thoughts throughout the day and we are so very appreciative of all that they do.

today started off very low key. tita karmie came up to the lakehouse considering it was her off day after working the entire weekend. the kids were so excited to see her as they woke up that morning. lola cooked everyone breakfast and then we got ready for a swim in the lake. i packed our boat bag full of snacks, drinks, SPF, sunglasses, and other necessities because i knew today would be the day where jay took us all out for a long cruise so that we could soak up some quality vitamin D being it was our last day at the lake.(side note: notice jay's "swamp people" t-shirt that he is wearing. it's of troy (our favorite) and as he saw it at the bass pro shop, he knew he had to buy the gem.) so we board up and jay decides to drive us over to ryan creek marina near big bridge. it's about an hour away by boat traveling at a fairly good speed. he wanted to eat lunch at a place called "the wake" since a guy he went to high school with owns and operates it. we even tried to eat there last year, but it was closed due to renovations so we were all really excited that it was open again. i ate a chicken salad sandwich with fries and it was yummy.everyone enjoyed their lunch so off we went back on to the boat for the cruise heading back home. while on our way, abby asked if we could stop at "turtle rock." since the sun was blazing and we were all ready for a dip in the water, we thought it'd be a great idea. words cannot express how awesome it felt to jump in. we let the kids climb up on the huge rock and sit on it as the waves crashed along. here are some pics...jay asked lyla if she wanted to jump off and she said yes. so they start walking towards the top and jay tosses her in. admittedly, i was a bit worried that she was going to freak the freak out. thankfully, her sweet little head popped back out of the water as she screamed, "i did it!" i was so relieved and so proud of her. good job, lyla. next cousin carson slid down the rock and into the water where tita karmie caught him. it was sweet and now both toddlers can say that they "jumped off turtle rock." (rewind if you will, but this is actually a big deal because when the water level drops about 30 feet during the drought of the summer, turtle rock is HUGE. and HIGH. and many people attempt to jump off, but never do because it is scary. so see, it's a victory in itself. good job, kids! lol)about five hours later, we finally arrived back at the lakehouse where lola was taking care of sweet baby jemma. i can't wait till the day that all three of our girls are old enough to spend all day playing around on the boat in the lake. thank you so much, are a lifesaver in more ways than one and we truly appreciate your help all the time. all in all, we had an awesome week celebrating memorial day weekend with the ones we love up at the lake. can't wait to do it again!