Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fantastic Memorial Day Weekend

We had a fantastic weekend. Saturday hubby, daughter and I went over to some of our homeschool friends house for a Swimming and BBQ party. What a fun day we had eating, swimming and chatting the day away with our friends. The weather was perfect and the food was delicious!!! I do not do swimming, so I really cannot say for sure how that was, but my DD sure had fun doing that. I mostly played photographer and walked around taking pictures of everyone. To me that is the funniest part cause I will have the memories of that day forever. Below are some of the fun things that went on throughout the day. There were of course many, many more photos, but I believe these will give a pretty good idea of the fun we had together.
Pool number #1

and pool #2. Both very relaxing and fun!!
Cutie Pie!!

New BFF's
Mom and Daughter

Shooting the breeze and making new friendships.
and struming and singing the day away. What a fun day it was for everyone!!!!

On Sunday we were just kind of sitting around here with nothing to do when one of our couple friends called and ask if we wanted to go on a picnic at the Lake on Monday, Memorial Day. Well I had been thinking all week how much fun it would be to go to the Lake and camp, so what was going to be just a picnic at the Lake turned out to be a over night camping trip. So we drove out to the Lake to check out the camping sites available and to our amazement, there was NONE!!! Well I guess we were not all that surprised considering it was Memorial Day weekend. We did figure though there would at least be one or two primitive sites available. After a few hours of driving around and checking back in to the office we were able to get one site that was for a group of 25. We assured the lady that we could at least get 15 people there and so on the phone I went calling everyone I could think of that would be willing to tent camp. I called my son whom called his friends and then I called my friend Shells and by the end of the day I had 13 people which was close enough. So we reserved the spot and rushed home to gather up our stuff. Everyone else quickly gathered there things and all of us headed to the lake. My DD and I was the first to arrive while my DH went to the grocery store for food. Our campsite was 1/2 mile off the main road and so we did lots of hiking back and forth to our cars. It was a long hike but it was so worth it. The trees opened up to this point which the lake was on 3 sides. It was the most magnificent site I had every seen. It was like we had our own island. Huge camp site with 2 tables and 2 fire pits. Trees and water all around us. Lots of good swimming. Absolutely the most perfect camp site we had ever camped at. Slowly everyone started arriving. After many trips back and forth to the cars, we finally got everything to the campsite and settled about 2:00 a.m. Yes that is right. Remember we did not decide to do this till 5:00 p.m. So really we made pretty good time considering. I was able to get there early enough to watch the sunset which was fabulous and then the rest of us were able to watch the moon rise from what looked like the water. What a most awesome site that was. We ate, the kiddos swam, the men fished some from the bank, we set around and talked and laughed, we roasted marshmallows. The weather was perfect and the spot we were at was so cool and breezy. The wind blowing across the water made for a perfect feeling. We stayed up till around 4:00 a.m. talking and laughing and eating. Then all decided to go to sleep. Well all, but the young adults. They stayed up another 2 hours and kept the rest of us from sleeping with their talking and laughter and breaking limbs for the fire. I did manage to doze in and out a few times and finally deciding to get up around 6:00 from which I was able to see the sunrise. WOW!! Nothing more beautiful than watching the sun rise across the water. So I was able to see the sun set, the moon rise and then the sunrise. How perfect was that!!! My husband and another husband got up to do some early morning fishing. Nothing was caught, but they sure had fun trying. Others then started all waking up and feeling a bit groggy and tired. LOL!!! We started the day with breakfast and slowly hauling our stuff back to the car as not to have to do it all at once. One of our couple friends brought this awesome wagon which I must now own and it made the trips back and forth much easier. We then watched the kids swim, we had a awesome breakfast, we took lots of pictures, we talked more and then we had a huge picnic lunch. After lunch a few were ready to pack it in and head home. Some of the rest of us stayed until around 5:00 and then packed up the rest of the stuff and left. What we discovered from this experience is, camping cannot be a spontaneous decision. It must be planned out more carefully as not to bring to much stuff. We brought enough stuff, mostly food, to last a week. We spent way to much of our time hauling stuff back and forth to the vehicles which in turned exhausted us. The last count was that I made the trip back and forth to the car and bathroom was 20 times which at a 1/2 mile one way would make me have walked about 10 miles total. Now thats lottsa trips and walking in a 24 hour period. We also decided that this site was well worth a weekend stay and next time we would stay 2 or more nights. All in all we had the best time ever and we have lots of photos to prove that. Here are a few to share. Making the hike to the camp site which was 1/2 mile from our car. It was a beautiful trail surrounded by lots of trees and the sounds of nature. A little bumpy on occasion from big rocks.

What a gorgous camp site. I took pictures of 3 sides which was surrounded by water. The breeze blew across the water and kept us cool and comfortable all night and day.
The upper picture is the right side of the camp site. The lower picture is the point or middle and then this lower picture is the left side. Just absolutely perfect!!!

The feastivites of the night was grilling burgers and roasting marsmellows,
doing some night fishing,
and enjoying each others company while
setting up the tents.

Some watched
while others laughed and worked. Some very early morning fishing is what one does when they think everyone else is sleeping.
The water was very cold, but

Once you were in it, it was fun, fun and more fun.

Finally some time to relax and enjoy our friends.
And now its time to go!!! Next time we defiantely have to stay more than 1 day. I hardly had time to enjoy the time there and it was time to leave.
Kadies new dog Jasmine. We got her yesterday after we got home. We learned about her adoption on Saturday at the BBQ. We had been looking for a Chihuahua for the last several months, but all of them have been too expensive. I just refuse to pay high dollar for a dog when there are 1000's of dogs in the world that need homes. Plus I was not really wanting a puppy to have to house train ect... I wanted one already trained, fixed, and shots if possible. So with much patience, God has placed us with the perfect pet. Jasmine was living in foster care for the last 2 weeks. Her previous owner was a elderly man who passed away. So she has been waiting for the last few weeks for us to find her. She is perfect and she was free. She is about the same age as my Gracie. Her birth date is October 29th, 2005 which makes her almost 3 years old. Gracie will be 3 years old in July. She is listed on her shot records as a Long Haired Chihuahua. The foster lady said she was part Chihuahua and part Pomeranian. She also said she was almost 2 years old. So I am thinking she has not looked at her papers and just assumed. As I research the internet at long haird Chihuahua, I have found many that look exactly like her. So I am going to assume she is a long haired Chihuahua like her shot records indicate. Anyway, either way she is still perfect, and she was free, and my DD already loves her. Other great quialities about her, she is house trained, she loves to go for walks and rides, she is kennel trained, and she loves to snuggle in your lap. That makes her the perfect dog for my little girl. We consider ourselves very lucky to have found such a sweet, smart, and loving pet. Gracie thinks she is pretty cool also. She has not had much of a chance to visit with her since my DD has hardly put her down, but their brief interactions have been somewhat pleasant. A few warning growls, but nothing serious. Gracie wants to play with her really bad, but Jasmine is not quite sure about that yet. I give them a week and they will probably be having the best time together.Here is our new little Jasmine.

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