All the girls and kids made our way down on Friday afternoon, and the guys came down when they got off work. We did Kelsey’s birthday that night and I’m not sure there’s much better than cupcakes and the river together.
At AB’s field day, I thought about how much fun those big slides would be at the river and how much fun the kids would have, AND the grown-ups! I’d never in a million years climb on one at someone else’s house or event, but if it was just us, how much fun would that be?!?!? I threw out the idea and of course, Pappy & Nie-Nie were like, book it! So we did. We also ended up renting the frozen drink machine, again, too, that we’d rented for the 50th Fiesta. We had strawberry daiquiris all weekend long, it was fantastic!
The slide arrived Saturday afternoon, and the first ones down were the big boys. Adam took the inaugural slide down, on his belly, no less, and he flew right out of the bottom pool onto the grass. We laughed our heads off. From that point, it was on. They slid down on every float, raft and blow up we had down there. It was hilarious and so much fun.
At one point, I thought we might have to start limiting the big boys, so that the KIDS could actually play on it. Ha. They did finally slow down a little and let the littles have a turn.
DW has so much responsibility and works so hard, that it thrills me to no end to see him on rare occasion act 12 years old and cut up. And to see the three brothers together having a blast with their kids and nieces/nephews is almost too much.
By the end of the weekend, just about every one of the guys had scrapes and bruises and burns from the slide. Ha.
The week was fantastic, the weather was just perfect and we had the best time at one of our favorite places.
Nobody likes a pontoon dance party quite like my Mamie.
Overall it was a great weekend and beginning of the week, but Tuesday, things started going downhill. DW & Adam both got diagnosed with ear infections (they rarely get sick – especially DW- he’s been to the dr one time since college and it was for a physical!) and then Thursday morning my little herd all woke up with ear aches and Tucker had pink eye! We headed straight to their pediatrician’s office in Gainesville for ear drops and eye drops.
It was a little sad to cut our time short, but we’d been running so much that it was a good way to MAKE us slow down and rest. We also had big plans for the 4th that weekend, so we needed to get better ASAP.
After all of us came down with something, we’ve attributed it to the slide. I don’t know if it’s possible or not, but I really think that’s how we all got sick. The slide was so much fun, but should we ever do it again, I’ll be out there spraying it down with Clorox before any of us get on it. Ha.