We wrapped up VBS on Thursday night (the 22nd) and headed for Blue Run Friday at lunch! The whole family was ready for our week on the water. It’s hard to believe the week has come and gone already. I think we’d all agree that one week in the summer just isn’t enough! :)
It’s so laid back at the river, which means pony tails, and no make-up, and a weeklong wardrobe of bathing suits and cover-ups.
You can almost always bet on an afternoon rain, which is the perfect napping weather, after a hard day of laying in the sun and floating in the water.
Here’s the recap of our week (my pictures, especially the collages aren’t in order…they’re from all throughout the week):
On Friday night, it’s family tradition (and has been long before me), to get pizza for dinner on first night we’re there. We (the girls and the kids) were already down there, but DW, his Daddy & Adam all drove down after work.
After we’d eaten, we took a boat ride and anchored near the head at our favorite spot. It’s the biggest clear spot on the river (no grass), which means it’s a sure bet that I’ll get out of the boat. (I can’t handle the grass…if you want to hear me scream, let my leg touch some of that grass.. eeeccck… I get chills just thinking about it.)
AB & Gracie getting ready for a boat ride!
She’s grown so much since we saw her last, and she is such a sweet girl. AB loved having Gracie around, too!!!She would actually get in the water and want to STAY in when Gracie was around (even at the pool at her Pappy & Granny’s house, which is basically unheard of… AB is the kid who wants in, then out, then in, then out, then in, then out… you get the idea…) :)
The guys always swim across the river when we’re just swimming at the house…I tried ONCE to swim across and the grass touched my leg and I nearly drowned. DW had to swim out to the middle and get me. I’ll NEVER try it again. :) Here’s my FIL, DW, Adam, Sam, Marianne, and some of our cousins who were also staying down at their family’s house, after they all swam across…they’re deciding who’s going to climb the tree and jump out! ha..)
Sam’s wife, Marianne is a photographer. She took a few pictures of Annabelle that were so sweet. She also got one of me and AB, and even though, I have no make-up on, I love it… I’m usually the one taking the pics, so there aren’t many of just us! She got some great ones of Aunt Nen & AB, too.
Monday morning came early for DW and Adam. They were so sweet and drove back and forth to work every day.
The weekdays for Lauren and I were slightly more relaxed. :)
During her naps, though, we’d take the monitor down by the water with us, and we’d soak up some sun. When it would get too hot, we’d tie our floats up and float in the water to cool off. I could have kept this routine for at least another three weeks. :)
My Float, calling my name…
On Monday, Lauren invited some friends and their kids down for the day. AB likes some babies these days, so she loved checking on baby Hoyt when he was in his Pack’n’Play. That afternoon, AB and I headed back to our house, because DW and I had a meeting that evening, so we just spent the night at our house. But Tuesday morning, AB and I headed back to the river bright and early!
We cooked dinner at the house on Tuesday night, ate Mexican on Wednesday and on Thursday night, we went down to the Blue Gator.
DW’s dream is when he retires to buy a motor home (the big bus kind), and during football season, we’ll follow the Gators on the road to all their away games. I’m just counting down the days until retirement, let me tell you. (ha.) However, I’m starting to think that maybe that dream would sound better, to me, if retirement included our own house at Blue Run….with a barn big enough to park the motor home in, of course! ha…