Cleaning and scrubbing will wait ’till tomorrow, but children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs! Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep. – Ruth Hamilton

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Fun Blast From My Past

I moved to Minnesota my Freshman year in high school, leaving behind a not so fun place in Chicago.  I was anxious to start over and find new friends.  This was the best move my parents ever made because I have still remained close to a few friends from up north!  One being my dear friend Nicole (aka Pilney (her maiden name and I can't call her anything else))!  She and I didn't hang with the same crowd, but formed a bond with each other fast.  She became a part of my family and helped me through many parts of my life.  Even though we don't talk often enough and don't see each other, we always have a great time catching up and being together.

Her family made the journey down to Columbia on Wednesday and we were very excited for their arrival.  It was the Fourth of July, so we smoked some ribs, had a roast in the crock pot and grilled some zucchini!  In the past we have had a big 4th party and spent a lot of money on fireworks, but this year it was nice to have a small celebration with friends!

 It was still in the 100's last week so we put up a tent for shade, placed their pool in shade and put the slip and slide out.  We kept them cool and hydrated!
 You will see through these pictures that Anna LOVES to strike a pose for the camera.
 Of course we had to show off our apple trees-they're not used to the "country" living:)

 Our firework display was MUCH different!  Not only do we have little ones, but it hasn't rained here in over a month, so we were worried about how dry it was.

 Mark came home early on Friday morning and we drove down to the lake.  Pilney has been apart of my family trips down to the lake since high school and has a love for it like me.  She was very excited to show her girls this wonderful place!  We also got to go (for a short time) to our favorite place at the lake...the spa!
 Avery can't get enough of the boat!  She enjoys it, but again, it was so hot.  We did take a few rides in the evening when the temperatures came down a little.
 Mack's favorite part of the boat is sitting with daddy when he drives.  He would not get down!
 Lincoln doesn't care for his vest, but it does make him go right to sleep.

 This picture makes me laugh because I asked her husband, Jason, to make sure and not get my middle part...
 So instead of zooming in, he just moved the camera up-there is more water than us!!!!
 Just taking a little evening snooze.

 Then it was time for a Popsicle.

It's such a bummer to live away from most of your friends, but it makes it much more fun when you do get to see each other.  We had fun and our kids are wiped out!  I am lucky to have such a great friend like Pils!  Thank you for coming and I can't wait for next summer when we can take my family up to see you and go to the state fair!!!!

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