We had such a nice, long weekend, it was sad to see it go. It started off with a mild Friday night where all the boys conked out early, after a week of new, exciting things and no naps. Kevin, Meredith and I took advantage of the situation and had a relaxing fire in the backyard. It was great to be able to use our backyard. It seems like we haven't done much of that. Kevin remarked that it was like we were on vacation :)
Saturday we headed out to Uncle John and Aunt Mary's house. They put in a pond on their property since the last time we were there, and I wish I would have brought my camera because it is just beautiful. Not only does it add to the aesthetics of the property, it gives us something else to do when we come up on Labor Day weekend--go fishing! Ben and Lou had a blast fishing again. Lou caught quite a few and Ben caught one so big it broke his fishing pole!
We did not set up a tent this year, but did stay late into the night. We didn't get home until almost midnight! There was too much fun to be had. The boys loved playing ping-pong, badminton and volleyball. Luckily, Uncle John sets up the yard with flood lights so the fun doesn't have to stop just because the sun goes down.
Sunday we headed to a church festival that is across the street from the house where I grew up. Kevin's cousin's family are members there, so it's a great place for us to meet up with them.
They had a wristband you could buy where kids get unlimited rides for two hours. The boys and Lauren took full advantage of this, sometimes cutting in front of a line of kids because they thought that the rides were set up specifically for them. Such well-mannered kids we're raising here. Lauren was great in that she just jumped right in with the guys, no fear whatsoever.
Look at these two cuties. Zachary and Joey were born last November and they couldn't be any more adorable with their chubby legs and toothy grins.
Lauren and Benny will be in the same class in preschool this year. I'm hoping this bonding experience on the train will help him be more open this school year.
The boys played tons of games at the festival in order to collect these rare treasures. The hit of the night was the googly-eyes. You have to spin the wheel to get them and Ben and Charlie just happened to both land on the right number. Louie ended up with a punch balloon and wasn't thrilled about it. Kevin gave him money to try again, and again didn't get the lucky number. The full physical response he gave to it was so sad (slumping shoulders, extreme frown) to the lady running the booth that she decided that it was best to give him the googly-eyes than to see a little boy go through the rest of the day depressed. It was pretty funny.
We left the festival, goodies in hand, before it was dark and went home to put the boys in bed. Kevin and I (along with Mere!) had another date night out in the backyard with the firepit. It was a great night to have a fire and I'm glad we were able to take advantage of it.
Monday was the annual family picnic up at Grandpa's house. He has been living in an assisted living facility and just recently sold his house, so this would be the last gathering there. We were able to spend the majority of the time outside, even getting in baseball and a few games of beanbag, but then the rains came and didn't stop until we were on the road going home. It was a nice day, though, and because of the rain that gave the boys a reason to go in and play with the toys Great-Grandpa has. They are the same toys that their Grandpa (Kevin's dad) played with! Who says you need high tech toys that require a zillion batteries?
This was the first time Grandpa met Miss Meredith. He was born in May of 1918, so there is a good 91 years between the two of them.
Getting this picture taken was pretty funny. I'd get two to three of them to look my way, but not the other ones. Finally, all the kids were looking, but not Grandpa! He was too busy making sure Meredith was looking at the camera.
It was hard for us to let Daddy go back to work. The weather was beautifully mild for all the fun stuff we had going on, and it was great to see so many friends and family. I guess that what makes it a holiday weekend!