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Rain, Barbeque & Lake Cruise

Monday did not start off so great.  It started raining and didn’t stop for a good 4-5 hours.

At times, it rained so hard the street looked like a creek.  Rain, rain go away…

I needed it to stop raining because I had been working on my pasta salad since the night before. This salad was due to make its appearance at 2:00 PM. I had worked hard on this salad.  It took me forever to chop up the vegetables needed!  And this photo didn’t even include the olives I had to chop.

Lucky for us, the rain stopped and the sun came out just in time for our planned festivities.  We had plans to go to my oldest brother’s house for a barbecue and to check out his new boat.  They live on a lake just a few miles from us.

I love their deck.  It’s like being in a treehouse.

Their backyard is pretty steep leading down to the water allowing for great height on the main floor of the house.

Two of my three nephews that broke a bone since I broke my ankle were there.  My 14 year old nephew joked that there may be something wrong with our family.  I told him we just take our love of being active to the extreme.  I will say I am jealous of my 4 year old nephew’s orange cast.  Why couldn’t I have a fun neon instead of my blah gray?!

(Ignore OMG Becky’s sour look.  She was trying to hand me something and I was too busy taking a picture to respond to her quickly enough according to her timetable.)

Dinner/lunch/mid-afternoon meal was served and it was yummy!  My veggie and cheese sandwich on a hamburger bun, homemade macaroni and cheese, vegetarian baked beans and pasta salad.

My pasta salad turned out great!  Totally worth all the dicing and then stirring several times throughout yesterday evening and this morning.  Thanks to my ex-SIL for sharing her recipe with me yesterday!

And there were cookies!

Sassy and my mom made sugar cookies and then “attempted” to frost them.  They apparently “broke a few” and had to eat them.  Uh huh.  Likely story.

After lunch it was time for the main event.  A ride around the lake on their new boat!

Our Captain and his Skipper…

I love being on the lake!  I could have spent the entire weekend out there.

What did you do for Memorial Day?


PDA, Swimsuit & Metal Horse

It is foolish and wrong to

mourn the men who died.

Rather we should thank

God that such men lived.

-General George S. Patton

memorial day

(photo by Beverly & Pack)

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Sunday was a pretty busy day for us.  Not a rushed day, it just seemed to be non-stop, but in a good way.

It started with church, where there was a little PDA going on with my parents.

So embarrassing.  😉

After church we headed to Target.  OMG Becky hadn’t gotten a new swimsuit for this summer yet.   We found six suits she liked and wanted to try on.


She found a keeper!

How cute is this suit?!  The website says it’s a coral color, but it is more of a neon orange in person.  Love!  Neon makes me happy.

bikini swimsuit


Next it was lunch time.

chipotle mexican grill

Mmmmm, Chipotle.

On the way there, we had to go through a round about.  This has to be the prettiest roundabout in town!

metal horse sculpture

Gorgeous horse sculpture complete surrounded by rose bushes.

Then it was softball practice for both girls.  OMG Becky’s was three hours long, but Sassy’s was cancelled at the last-minute.

Next we hit up the grocery store.  As soon as we parked, I noticed something odd in the backseat of the car next to us…

What the hay?!  That is just a mess in the making.

Part of our grocery list included items for a pasta salad I need to make for Memorial Day.  One of the ingredients was a bell pepper.  I wanted an orange or yellow bell pepper since the recipe also called for a green cucumber and red tomatoes in the salad.  More color is more fun!

They didn’t have an orange pepper, but they did have yellow.  And they were huge!

bell peppers

I made the comment to OMG Becky that I wondered if they had a pepper smaller than my foot.  Some man walking by overhead me and started laughing.  I wasn’t really trying to be funny, I seriously wanted a smaller, yellow pepper.

OMG Becky thought these small potatoes were “so cute!”  She insisted I take a picture of her with them.

Please ignore the dirt and sweat she is sporting.   Not a fun car ride home.  I had to turn off the AC and roll down the windows!  Stinky!  She said it is payback to me from when I would run with my running group early mornings in Oregon and then hurry home to pick them up for school.  This was in the middle of winter when it was usually raining (& occasionally snowing) and we couldn’t roll down the windows.  They would be stuck in my smelly, sweat box of a car.  Oh the memories we create as an active family.  I wouldn’t have it any other way!

After stopping at our house to drop off the groceries, we went to my parents to swim and for dinner.

Well OMG Becky didn’t actually swim.  She used the cold water as more of an ice bath.  She slid into second base a little more than a week ago and her right knee is still bothering her.

We have been wrapping and icing it.  It will be okay for a day or so, then she goes to practice or a game and it swells up again.  Think we are going to have to take her into the doctor to have it checked out.  It’s been a crazy, injury filled spring for us!

I think she made it about 20-25 minutes before she was out of there.

Sassy was brave enough to get all the way in the water, but not for long.

She got out, showered and tried to avoid the paparazzi.

And then practiced a bit of yoga including her dhyana pose while waiting for dinner.

dhyana pose

Dinner was prepared entirely on my dad’s new grill.  Potatoes, squash, zucchini and some sort of bacon-wrapped meat for the animal-eaters.

I love being able to eat outside!  And be able to wear flip-flops.  Well, at least on one foot anyway.

Have you bought a new swimsuit for this summer yet?  I bought a new one to wear with my aqua jog belt.

Do you like bell peppers?  I only like them in small quantities in recipes.

How are you kicking off the summer?  We are supposed to go out on my oldest brother’s new boat this afternoon, but it has been pouring down rain for the last couple of hours.  :-/

Today I Say Thank You

To every soldier who has made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure all of our freedoms will continue, thank you.


To my father, my uncles, my grandfather, my cousins, my daughters’ brother, my friends and all the many other soldiers and veterans, thank you for your service yesterday, today and tomorrow.