Did you make it through your weekend? We did, a little wet & soggy, but we made it!
My weekend started on Friday, as it should, right? My friend Wanda & I had decided to make the best of the rest of our summer & head to the shoreline of the big lake!
She hasn't had a beach day in quite some time, as she lives on a lake & doesn't venture away from it for another body of water. But we decided there's nothing better than the sand between out toes and the sound of the waves rolling in along side of you.
We chose a park that she & I both remembered from years past. I remember going there with my mom, dad & big sis when we were younger for all day picnics with another family from church.
Mom would pack the best picnic ever, why is it the food that your mom makes at home never tastes the same as it does when your on a picnic at the beach? There was a shady park that the adults would camp out in, and the girls, they had 3 daughters and my little sister wasn't even thought of yet, would head down the dune onto the beach and play in the water and sand all day long.
So Wanda & I googled the park and found it right away and made a splendid day of it! The weather was iffy - dark clouds and storms were rolling in from the west over the lake, but we parked ourselves in the sand and had only a few sprinkles throughout our day. Around 3pm the sun came out in full force & we stayed until 4:30 to enjoy it!
I got home around 6:15 and Dream Boy had dinner started. What a guy, great way to come home. We talked about our day and just spent the evening together. Around 9 o'clock I decided to channel surf and stumbled across "The Breakfast Club" and was hooked. Soon Dream Boy came up from his bicycle shop in the basement and joined in. It's been forever since I have seen this movie, but as I watched it I was reminded that even though this movie was from 1985, the attitude and behaviors of teenagers has not really changed. There are still bullies, there are still abusive homes, there are still those who feel entitled, and there are still those who just love life and move through it with a smile on their face.
Good reminder as I move into a new school year in the next few weeks.
Saturday started out sunny and warm. I had forgotten to bring the mail in on Friday and was so happily surprised by snail mail! Who doesn't love getting snail mail anymore? This girl LOVES it - and I am fortunate to have a friend in California who loves to send it. She is awesome at making cards and she shares them with me every so often. When I get them, it's even more unique when I open them to see her "note". She always writes on a sticky note so that you can pull it out & reuse the card for someone else. How cool is that? Not only do I receive an awesome surprise in the mail, but I can turn around and share it with someone else!
A little while later the mail came for Saturday and I had yet another card in the mail from a different friend!
Dream Boy got home from his Saturday morning ride and shortly after, the weather began to take a turn. The dark storm clouds started rolling in again, so after enjoying lunch together, he laid down on the love seat on the porch to "read" and I headed inside to edit more photos.
The storms soon arrived and the deluge of rain with it! Oh boy did it come down in buckets and more! My phone started popping up weather alerts and not too far to our west, the next county over actually, there were tornado warnings popping up. They received some damage, downed trees and power outages, but nothing life threatening thankfully.
Dream Boy slept through it all.
Saturday night cleared off a bit, but the clouds would build with water, getting darker by the minute and releasing quick showers off & on all night. Dream Boy & I headed into town for a burger & a beer & then back home to settle in for another quiet evening.
Sunday was started in church! We picked up one of my graduated students on our way and headed into town. She's been joining us for church off & on since this past spring and we love having her with us.
After church we headed home & Dream Boy needed to "unwind", so he headed out on his bike and I headed off to the grocery store after writing out a menu for dinner.
S&D1 were coming home for family dinner last night, so I went and picked up the fixings for Hawaiian BBQ chicken, Peaches and Cream Bars, oven roasted-balsamic glazed brussel sprouts and baked potatoes.
I actually sliced the potatos - you know, like you've seen on Pinterest - and put them in my crock pot for the afternoon. I added olive oil, salt, pepper & fresh chives to them and baked them on high for 4 hours. Oh.my.goodness! Best potatoes ever!
The kids haven't been home for a while, so it was great to sit down and spend some time with them. The weather had taken a turn for the cool side after those storms had come through on Saturday, so we all wore long sleeves and/or sweatshirts to sit outside to eat dinner. Haven't done that in quite a while.
So, as you can see, our weekend was a quiet, at home kinda one. Just the way I like it.
I hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy each and every day of it!
Oh - by the way...........remember that photo I submitted last week for a showing in September? Um, yeah. I opened my email this morning to find out that my submission has been selected to be displayed! Oh wow - just WOW!