Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Summer!


But truthfully, it hasn't felt that way here in Ohio. It has been the rainiest, stormiest Spring I can recall in many years.  I hope the weather starts cooperating so we can get some swimming and outdoors time in a little more often! Having a constant wet and muddy yard is NOT what I call a good start to Summer!!!  We did have an awesome weekend though after a very sad week. (More on that later)

We started out Friday night with a double header of baseball in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  Drew's team played a game at 6:30 and another at 8:30. We won the first, lost the second but it was a ton of fun. Drew was starting pitcher the first game and he did an awesome job. I just love watching my kids play sports!!

It started to thunder and I thought we would get rained out but thankfully it passed right over us! We still got our umbrellas out though, just in case! Aiden's is bigger than he is. lol He doesn't quite get the concept of holding it over his head yet. hehe

Emma was invited to her cousin's slumber party but it was 1.5 hours from our home so we decided to drop her off and then continue the rest of the way to Cincinnati to visit with Nick's family for the weekend and for Father's Day. We got a late start on Saturday but eventually made it there and can you believe a dark cloud followed us the entire way! It was nothing but heavy rain the entire 3 hour drive. UGH!

We decided since it was raining that we MUST do something fun so the whole family along with my in-laws went to Chuck E Cheese!  The boys had a blast and I love the toddler zone where the little one's can just run and play. Aiden had a blast climbing the slide! (Despite repeated attempts to get him to stop I should add!)

And then, Chuck E. Cheese himself came out to deliver a cake to our table. No, it wasn't anybody's birthday but the cake just looked too good to pass up. lol

After that, we weren't ready to call it a night yet so we went putt putt golfing! As soon as we got out of the car, it started to rain. Ugh! But we went anyway.It was a steady sprinkle but we were in the trees a lot of the time so it wasn't so bad. It was a beautiful place in Eastgate, Ohio and the boys had so much fun!!!

The pond had a place where you could feed the fish so after we got done, we fed the fish!  There were literally thousands of them and the ducks would walk right on top of them to get food. lol  One of the ducks came up on the deck and Aiden chased it all over until it finally gave up and jumped back in the water. haha

It was a great night that ended in the boys favorite, UDF milkshakes. I know that's probably weird to some but here where we live, we don't have UDF's (United Dairy Farmers) so they are always so excited to go visit Grandma and Grandpa because they get UDF shakes! I got my favorite, peanut butter made with chocolate milk. Sinful!

Sunday it rained again, imagine that. Nick's cousin was visiting her Dad so she brought Emma back to us which was great so she could spend Father's Day with us! The kids did get a little bit of time to ride 4-wheelers though and then before we went home, we went to Dakota's Steakhouse in Hillsboro, Ohio and it was absolutely wonderful! We sat out on the patio outside so the kids just ran wild.

We didn't leave there until after 8 and hubby and I both had to drive home because Nick brought a truck back home with us so the kids could have their 4-wheelers at home.  We got home at 11:00 p.m. and we were all so tired and dreading yesterday because hubby had to get up at 5:30 a.m. for work and 2 of the kids had dentist appointments at 8 a.m. ACK! I was able to get Aiden completely changed, cleaned up and dressed and he never even budged!!! lol Love him!

So it was an exhausting weekend but so much fun! I got an email last week about treating every day like a special occasion and I just loved that thought. We often save things for "special days" and "special occasions" but truly, every day that we get to wake up and spend with our loved ones is a gift. I learned last week through the loss of 2 friends in separate instances that life isn't promised. One moment we may be here and the next, we could be gone. I first learned that an old friend of mine from Monroe, Michigan, Thomas Carr, was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was just 30 years old and had 4 children. The next day I learned that my friend Daniel McCleese from Cincinnati, Ohio had his aorta valve burst. He passed away the next day at the age of 33.

These guys had special places in my heart and I ask that you keep their families in your thoughts as I cannot even imagine what they must be going through. 2 awesome guys who should have had their whole lives ahead of them. I know it's something we hear all of the time but too often we don't listen. We should truly cherish those that we love while they are here with us because once they are gone, we will never have the chance again to tell them that we love them and how much they mean to us. These guys will forever be in my heart and will serve as a reminder to me that I should never take life for granted!

Have an awesome FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!

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