I've been m-i-a for a long time. It's been a crazy summer and now that school's started (and now out again for the horse show), I'm trying to get back on a routine. But, like most things, as soon as you get on a routine, life happens.
And so I'm spending our 18th anniversary alone...well, I have punk #1 to keep me company as punk #2 flew the coop and went to visit family for the week. Unfortunately punk #1 has to work on/off all week. We had a friend lose his dad over the weekend so honey drove to Kansas, hence the reason I am alone on our anniversary.
But...it's ok. We have spent a lot of time together in the last few weeks...time I wouldn't trade for anything! (Sorry, crappy cellphone pictures...I just won't take my good camera. Any camera is better than no camera though!)
The boys bought their own kayaks this summer...of course we had to be the first to try them out!
One day we took the youngest for a few hours...he floated ahead...I love how inquisitive he is!
After spending 3 hours on the river, punk #1 got off work and wanted to go. I am really not a river person. Have never really liked it with all the unknown creepies under the water...but...I really love being in the kayaks. I think it's the enclosed "protection" I feel...I'm not sure. As long as I can avoid tipping over in a deep section, I should be good. Taking child #1 as it was getting close to dark, was kinda pushing it. But we made it and I was fine. (And I now know I can do 5 1/2 hours on the river if I have to! ;) I love the time we can spend together. It's something I'll (and they'll) never forget.
The dishes may not be done and the beds not made, but someday, none of that will matter. If I've learned anything in the past few weeks, it's to appreciate the time you're given, because it truly is a gift. Don't take it for granted. Get out and enjoy life and your loved ones.
Finishing up our weekend in Kentucky from a few weeks ago. Hopefully we can get back up there in the next few weeks again before school starts. But July is setting up to be a incredibly busy month. VBS starts tomorrow, next week we'll be working at the fair (and hoping for a temp break) and then starts band camp to round out the month! Crazy! And school starts that next week! I just got the fall schedule for marching band and my head's already spinning! We need to enjoy what's left of our summer!
This one has us all wrapped up!
I don't know what I'm going to do with this one! He's got $100's of dollars in fishing gear and he's hand fishing with a hook and line!
"Noodling"...checking the boxes.
Empty...I'm sorry, but I am NOT putting my hand in a box under water to see if there's a catfish in there! I don't care if you have the hole upside down and snakes/turtles "can't" get in there! There's ALWAYS a first for everything!
Hanging out before a evening boat ride. My big kid camped out in the tent he got last Christmas. Set it up and took it down all himself! They'll be getting more supplies this Christmas too!
The punks are back home...and I was actually starting to miss them. ;) They were home about 30 minutes before they talked daddy into heading to the lake to swim for a bit. They better hurry, before the lake dries up. Sad, but true. I took these last week and the lake is down so far that we drove out onto the sand to park. And from where I took the pictures, there's probably 20+ feet until you get to the water. We need rain. Bad. But, until then, they will swim, fish and putz around the lake, having fun.
The boys were able to spend spring break at the lake since their uncle isn't working at the moment. I didn't get much argument out of them. And why is it that when we have a week to ourselves, we're too busy to do anything?! :)
I really hate taking pictures in full sun. I know sometimes you just have to do it, but the harsh shadows really irritate me! I tried to soften them with some haze, but I'm still not happy about it. (I've been told I'm too picky ;)
This hawk dove into the water near us and came up with his lunch...and then flew right over us. Unfortunately I did not have my zoom on, so this was as close as I could get.
This little guy was in front of the patio door when we woke up. He must of flown into the big window, because he was just sitting there watching at us. He finally flew off.
One kid was catching fish, one wasn't...who was unhappy?!
Guess what happens when the kid hears "kill it" instead of "gun it", which is what was really said? AND we happen to be at the furthest point from the dock? Yep, the boat dies. AND durning the UofL/KY finals basketball game. Do you think there was a soul on the lake?! After about 20 minutes, we were able to get a tow. :)
Still trying to get those fish to turn on!
Sunset was lovely.
What happens when you're popping allergy medication to try to deal with the out of control pollen count. I hope he can survive the week.
It's been a crazy week trying to paint a few rooms for
someone and also trying to move, so I've not had time to
really think about the events of last Sunday. I dropped
the kids and daddy off to go float the river on a beautiful
day for a few hours, not thinking about anything but a few
peaceful hours to myself. I had a disagreement with the
oldest about wearing a life jacket. WEARING it and keeping
it ZIPPED/SNAPPED, not just "having it on." Daddy had been
on the river the day before and it was running high due to
all the rain we've gotten lately. So there really was no
arguement...you either do it or you don't go. So there was
a little "sulking", but nothing major.
20 minutes after getting home (about 45 minutes after
dropping them), I get a phone call from a number I don't
reconize. "Come get us at Dement Bridge" and he hangs up!
#1 Dement Bridge is NOT where they are supposed to be!
#2 Something happened...BUT he was (somewhat) calm...
I.was.not! Not calling on his cellphone means IT got wet
and if it got wet, they all (probably) got wet. And as
warm as it was out, the water was still incredibly cold!
Arriving at the bridge I HOPED was the right one, there
they were, all 3, safe and sound. A little wet, but safe.
Turns out they got hung up on a tree in some rapids and
it overturned their boat. Daddy knew there were a couple
guys behind them by a few minutes, so he tried to hang
on, but the boat was too heavy and the current too
strong, so he told both boys they were going to have to
let go. Hunter (10) let go first. And I know there's
nothing more terrifying than seeing your baby have to
let go in a strong river. Maison (13) says "Don't
worry Dad, I'll go get him"...and promptly lets go!
It still brings tears to my eyes. They were able to
get to a tree and the guys coming behind them finally
caught up to them and took them into their boat, until
they caught up with their boat, and made their way
out at Dement bridge.
It really made all of our problems seem like little
specks on a map...as without those 3 guys, life means
nothing. I could not be more proud of them. They stayed
calm and did not panic. I know the the boys learned an
invaluble life lesson that day...life jackets SAVE lives.
I don't think they'll every forget that!
I took this picture the day before...it means more now.
Amended: Something that was left out of the story when
it was told to me...the guys that pulled them out were named
"Champion"...and our school mascots are the "Champions"...we
will never move from this area until after the kids are out
of school. Some "signs" you take quite literally! Thank you