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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweet Summertime

We've had such a good time this summer. We kicked it off Memorial Day weekend, even before school was out, at the deer lease. Fredericksburg was having a crawfish festival, and we indulged. The kids had a ball on the rides. It was so hot that weekend...102 degrees! Our little deer camp house only has one little window a/c, and we all piled into the "bedroom" where it was blowing full blast to take a nap. We were all squirming around and someone said it was hot. Kelvin looked at the thermometer and jokingly remarked that it was a cool 90 degrees in our room! It did cool down nicely at night, and the mornings were very nice. I got in a couple of pretty long walks. If not for the coolness of the morning, I would have collapsed for sure!

The kids were finished with school on June 2, and the next day, Kelvin's friend from work and his wife invited us to spend some time with them at Lake Sam Rayburn. The kids had the BEST time fishing. We had such a great time.

Carleigh went to Girls camp the 13th through the 17th and had a blast with her good friend, also Carli. They share a birthday as well! They are so cute!

We had a great time celebrating Father's Day with my dad. Kelvin cooked a super yummy fried fish dinner, and we had Dad's favorite, coconut creme pie for dessert. One of these days I will get brave and bake one myself. I cooked a yummy waffle breakfast for Kelvin for Father's Day, and we had a good time lounging around the house.

Last week the kids attended VBS at my friend's church. They had the best time Shakin it Up! The theme was, recipes, learning about God's love and how He wants them to live for him. The songs were great. I enjoyed so much watching them sing on Friday for the parents. My friend and her kiddos came over for lunch on Friday after VBS, and the kids had such a good time. Luke was in hog heaven with two other boys in the house! He was not a happy camper when they had to go home. I enjoyed visiting with my friend of too many years to count! No matter how long it has been since we saw or talked to one another, we always just pick up right where we left off. I love her! Her birthday is tomorrow! Happy birthday, Amy!

We went to a friend's birthday party yesterday. They rented one of those mumbo jumbo water inflatable slides, and the kids had an absolute blast! Even Cora went down over and over again! After we left the party, we headed straight over to another good friend's house to visit and swim. We all must be part fish! We swam until 8:30 p.m.!! Cora actually fell asleep while floating with my friend, and we laid her on the lounge chair. She was out like a light for at least 2 hours. The other kids swam and flipped and dove and did handstands and swam some more. Kelvin finally joined up with us and we all ordered pizza and enjoyed each other's company. I love summer nights!

Today, our friend with the slide said the company couldn't come pick it up until tomorrow, so come on over for round two! The kiddos had a blast again! I will have to get my friend to send me a picture. I went down a few times myself yesterday and admit it is tons 'o fun! Good times!!

Tomorrow starts our church's VBS. We also have a lunch and swim invitation. I'll be busy the next several days planning and getting ready for our vacation to God's country...Colorado. WE LOVE Colorado! It. is. gorgeous. If you've never been, you need to go in the summer and in the winter. It is lovely both times of year. Of course, we can't wait to get a respite from this record breaking heat! Luke can't fathom that the places we're staying don't have air conditioning, but we've tried to explain to him we won't need it being so high above sea level. I can't wait! We'll also get to spend a couple of days with our good friends. The kids love seeing their friends, and we do too!

Summertime is the best. No schedules. Late dinners. Backyard campouts. Living room campouts. Spur of the moment get-togethers. My new favorite...watermelon daiquiris! You've gotta click on the link and visit Sasha at Lemonade Makin' Mama for her recipe. I didn't have any watermelon rum, so I used Malibu rum, and it worked great! Let me know what you think. I make a big batch without any grown-up stuff in it and give some to the kids. They love the watermelon smoothie! Another friend suggested watermelon pops. Two enthusiastic thumbs up for these too! Just blend together watermelon and a squirt of lime in a food processor and pour into a popsicle mold or plastic cup with popsicle sticks and put in the freezer for a couple of hours until frozen. YUM-O! This is the stuff you've gotta love.

We still have to fit in the water park, sleepovers, ice skating and many more evenings outside with friends or family and good food, good drinks, and good conversation. I love summer!

So, what have you done this summer? What are your plans? Where are you going for vacation?

Have I mentioned that I love summer? :)
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