Monday, August 10, 2009

Our Weekend of Awesomeness

This time last summer, I was more than ready for school to start and to have some reprieve from the non-stop squabbling that was going on around here. This year, either my kids have been better behaved, or I've been buying better-quality liquor to dull the pain.

Kidding. They've had their moments of total obnoxiousness, sure, and we're going to have some serious laptop- and tv-habits to squelch when school starts next week, but overall its been a pretty good summer. Probably the two weeks of vacation and week of summer church camp right smack dab in the middle was a good way to break up the chunks of fighting and bickering quality time.

Since school begins next Thursday, we're trying to cram all the last-minute "finals" into the time we have left. Final trip to the water park, final matinee, final day of free bowling thanks to the coupons they passed out at school last May .... which sadly, would also be our FIRST day of free bowling, since we didn't utilize the passes AT ALL, which is just really lame and pathetic, especially when you consider its one of the few activities that take place in an air conditioned building.

This weekend we had what will probably be our final trip to the lake with my sister and her family. Who knows? We might get to go again before it gets too cold, but this was the last weekend that no-one had to rush home at any certain time on Sunday night because of school the next morning. We were able to play and sleep and eat at our leisure, no time constraints, no schedules. Stay up as late as we wanted, sleep as late as we wanted, get on the water at our own pace, stay on the water until everyone had their fill ... you get the drift.

Quite frankly, it was a weekend of awesomeness. Which I thought I would share with you ... in .... what else? Photos, of course. Because that's just how I roll.

Awesomeness in getting dirty, because that's how THEY roll:



Awesomeness in spending time as a family (never mind that we had to re-take this photo because I didn't have a towel wrapped around my neck in the first one and the cleavage, my GOSH, was truly frightening, and evidence that I need to buy a more supportive swimsuit next summer):



Awesomeness in tubing:







Awesomeness in tubing like crazy people:







Awesomeness in wondering if there would be anyone left in the tube when it finally came down (sometimes there was .... sometimes there wasn't):




Awesomeness in spending time with Grandma Betty, who I think deserves some kind of medal for braving another day, on another boat, considering what happened last time:






Awesomeness in silhouettes (I just think this is a cool picture):




Awesomeness in underage driving:




Awesomeness in total cuteness:






Awesomeness in skiing and wake-boarding:






Do you see this face? This handsome face below?




I love the kid behind this face for so many reasons ..... SO many reasons .... not the least of which is his total and complete lack of fear. Ever. To do anything or try anything or enjoy anything. Which leads me to ..........

The TOTAL awesomeness of the wipeout:








And I think overall (especially considering nobody was permanently injured or maimed in the taking of these photographs) this was a pretty awesome way to spend our final weekend at the lake.

Stay tuned for more awesomeness, as I continue with my athletic spt tomorrow .....

12 comments:

Kari said...

Love the pictures. Glad you are enjoying the end of summer. We're doing the same.

Nate's Mom said...

What a great review of your awesome weekend. I'm hoping for one last summer fling this weekend, before the kids go back to school on Monday. However, I am looking forward to the routine that comes with the year. Being married to a teacher means our summers are totally chaotic.

Sheri in CA

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Sharon C said...

Great pictures! Have to say I have a hard time finding Kellen in them now, without the hair! : )

Jim Smith said...

Great photos Kristie. Filled with awesomeness.

vgsmom said...

What a great blow out bash. Love that the kids look like they are loving each other's company.

Pam D said...

I was expecting sarcasm.. it's so much fun to see you having SO much fun! And dang, I hardly recognize Kellen... he is just .. grown up! Wow. Round of applause for Grandma Betty.. woo hooo... and for making the most of time, for really enjoying time with your kids, and for awesomeness in general!

leeanne said...

Total awesomeness for sure! We spent many a weekend at a lake when our kids were young, doing the same things. Oh, how I miss those days! Thanks for sharing the pictures and bringing back some fantastic memories for me!!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! My friends sons and my son used to play "combat tubing". Five boys total, one boy in the boat, 4 tubes, they would run into each other until one hapless fellow was thrown violently out of his tube. Into the boat with him, boat boy takes his place. Hilarity ensues.

Such good times! I'm sad they are all grown up now. Enjoy them while you can, the time goes so quickly.

Teacher Tom said...

These are the days that will feed the stories they tell their own grandkids.

krueth said...

Wow! What a fun time it looks like you all had, and grandma looks fabulous too....

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