Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day 2012 is almost in the history books . . . I can't believe our three day weekend is now over and regular life resumes again in the morning.

We had a great weekend . . . if you have checked in on my blog the past few days, you will already know we had a lot of fun and plenty of sunshine!

Tonight we have a chance of strong storms . . . sounds like good sleeping weather to me! I am thankful my boys ALL sleep through thunderstorms!!! My sister's girls do not . . . Sorry Janeie, hope you do get some sleep although the weather radios may keep us up a bit tonight.

Quite some time ago we decided our boys' bathroom needed a make over. When we moved into the house 14 years ago, we installed blue and burgundy floral wall paper. Great for boys . . . right? Hmmm, not so much ~ but I added a few dinosaurs and called it a day. Well, we decided on some changes for their bathroom since they are getting older now and the floral wall paper is definitely out, out, out of style. (I would never ever show that room of our house . . . yikes!)

Randy was able to sneak in a few minutes to work on the new wall tile in the boys' bathroom. Each time I take a peek inside to see how far he has gotten, I smile. I cannot wait to see it complete and to unveil its beauty!

I suppose it is time to say good night . . . 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Teaching the Boys to Tube

Our Sunday has started out slowly . . .
although the boys were bouncing out of bed earlier than I would like, we did get to chill out in bed for a while.

Today is a day of nothing pressing to take care of.
A day to simply enjoy one another and relax.

Randy and I talked about getting the tube out and test the boys' tubing skills - they have never tubed before!

The temperature is going to be hot, hot, hot.
As I write, the temperature is a balmy 88 degrees with an expected temperature of 96 degrees before the day is done.
The humidity will add a bit of miserable to the temps . . .
Nasty ole humidity!

Jet skiing fun . . .
swimming fun . . .
boating & tubing  fun . . .

all great things to keep the boys busy in the heat!

Fast forward several hours . . .

So, we started the first tubing lesson for our boys with a BANG!

I absolutely love the looks on their faces!

It wasn't long before our first casualty!
Cameron fell off . . .

When he did, his swim trunks went straight to his ankles!
Randy had a smirk on his face in this photo . . .
He was quite delighted that Cameron realized the 
DANGERS of tubing early!

A minute or two to adjust little boy trunks 
and we were going again!

Poor Ryan was in a really bad spot - he was heading OFF 
the tube and Daddy was right next to him!


Oh Dear . . . lost two of them!

Back to the tube they swam.

 Cameron thought it was FUNNY~!

Daddy, not so much.
Now he has to figure out how to get BACK ON!

 Let's just say, Randy used some muscles he hasn't used
in a while!
The boys were learning first hand - 
no man is left behind!

 Back to tubing - it wasn't long before they came down off of a
wave and Ryan was back in the water!

The peanut gallery watched from the inside the boat . . .
under the shade awning.

 We have some pretty determined tubers!

Time to "change up" the entertainment!

Time for THREE of the boys.
(BTW, Cody absolutely refused to take a turn tubing!)

 The boys were doing really good until Cameron lost his grip!

Over he went!

EJ and Ryan were watching Cameron in the water.

Mia wasn't sure what to think.

Beckett was content watching the boys.

Tubing went well for a long stretch . . .
then we hit a nice wake and Ryan went in!

We really had a great time and laughed at all the fun.

The temps were climbing and when we finally pulled into the 
boat lift, the temperature was 95 degrees.

We put everything away and lay the tube in the sun to dry.
Everyone headed inside to cool off.

As I write, Randy has all four of the boys in the pool.
I would love to be outside taking photos, but
I think there is a BIG possibility I would absolutely melt
from the heat!

Ice cream sure sounds yummy!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Our Day in Pictures

Day 5 of Summer Vacation

found us knee deep in Lego and other boy type things!

I gathered the troops together about 9:00 a.m. and we all bravely stepped into our six year old Cody's room.
We knew the job was going to take a while because we were sorting ALL OF THE LEGO pieces, tidying bins, cleaning through all of his toys that are in his closet, etc.
I took these photos with my cell phone
while my troops were "in the trenches"!

Katelyn and EJ were steadily sorting toys.

Katelyn moved over to sort Lego and Cody decided to take over.
Mia supervised.

Ryan found a few toys that were . . . 
well, for lack of a better word

Cameron and Cody are busy sorting Lego . . .
Yes, that square yellow bucket with handles was 
FULL of Lego.

Afraid of a "strike" I let the troops break for lunch.
Sis picked them up McD's.
They were starved!

After several hours - 
six or so
our troops wrapped it up . . .

 Everything is in place!

The rolling rack with bins is an awesome way to sort Lego pieces!
The stacking red, yellow and blue bins are actual Lego storage as are the Lego buckets.

Cody's book case has two Lego "people" display cases that he can access easily when he wants.

a little basket for those odd things like tissue, flashlights,
game cards, etc.
The lantern/nautical type light is actually a three level light and great as a night light.

 The room has a nautical theme - 
boat bed, wall murals, sailboats . . .
this is the top of the chest.

Each of the boys have this picture in their room.
Uncle Sam, Aunt Darlene and Ryan.
Finally, we were ready for some fun!

I took one of the jet skis out and Beckett came along.
She does very well on the jet ski and absolutely loves going.

After Beckett and I slowly toured the lake, I had one of the boys take her back inside and had one come out to ride "wild" with me.
Randy came out and took another with him.
We had a blast!

Soon it was time to head in and open up the pool.
The boys that didn't ride the jet ski had been watching a movie inside with Katelyn.
Ryan and EJ headed inside to get their trunks on and tell the boys they were going to swim. Randy and I went into the pool area and waited for the boys.

Here are some photos of the evening:

Cody looking under the water. 

 Who? ME?

One of our container plants on the deck.

A spider web.

Beckett watching the boys.

Ewwww . . . a big nasty spider!

One of the deck light fixtures.
They are also around the pool.

Cody and EJ (behind)

This boy DOES like to have his photo taken!

Pool basketball . . .
the boys don't quite get the exact meaning . . .
POOL basketball.
In the pool ~ not on the pool deck.

EJ actually made this basket.

Cody took matters into his own hands.
(Our poor net!)

He scores!


Ryan LOVES Beckett . . .
and at the time of this photo . . .
she loved him too!


Rough housing . . .

Cameron and Ryan are a pretty good challenge for each other
and they had a great time!
The sky is now dark and the boys have been bathed and are in bed.

Tomorrow we don't plan to do much ~
other than enjoy our family and our day.

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