Monday, July 14, 2008

This is Like The Best Day!

Those were words that were uttered on Friday during our picnic by one of the little girls who went with us.

We had such a great time. I plan on doing it again soon.

We packed up a bunch of sandwiches, chips and cookies. I stop at the little store on the way and got each of the boys a slushy to drink. My friend brought sandwiches for her girls and then some strawberries and grapes to share. We had a really nice lunch and the kids talked away.

Then it was time to go in the creek. They all wore their swimsuits and flip flops so they could walk in the water. They found crayfish, minnows, frogs, water skippers and a HUGE spider. They walked way up the stream and it came out at the local park (which I did not know). There was also a path through the woods from the park back to where we were. The water was mostly below a foot deep, but there was one place where there is a slight water fall and the water is about 3 ft deep there. The kids were jumping in and ducking under the water at that point.

Even me and my friend walked in the water for a little while. Then we went back and sat on the blankets and just chit-chatted for a while.

That evening, we packed up and headed up to my MIL's camp for the weekend. It is a real small campground, but everyone knows everyone. There is a small playground right down from her camp. I can see it from where we were setting so Little S could run back and forth as much as he wanted. This was the first time we were there so next time we will know what to bring. Like bikes and basketballs.

There is a small restaurant run by the owners that is only open Friday Nights and then Sat and Sun morning. We had pizza there for dinner. It was some of the best pizza I have had in a while. The owner makes the sauce & dough fresh Friday morning. It was sooooo yummy.

After we ate, one of my MIL's neighbors took us out on their pontoon boat. It was such a nice evening. The perfect temperature. We came back at dusk. We got to watch the sunset on the lake.

Then of course we sat around the campfire and made S'Mores when we got back. And just talked and got to know the neighbors. One couple goes to church with my MIL.

Saturday morning we went back to the restaurant for breakfast. It was so good and huge. None of us could finish it.

Then we took the kids to the Linesville Spillway. If you click on the link, it will take you to the Roadside America write up.

I have been going here since I was a kid. The boys haven't gone in a few years and since we were so close we took them over.

After that we went to the Pymatuning Wildlife Learning Center that was a 1/2 mile down the road. This is run by the Pa Game Commission. They have really done a nice job with it. When I was a kid, there was hardly anything there, but an Eagle Nest viewing area and a few taxidermy animals. Now they have all kinds of educational games and viewing areas.

We went back to camp and ate lunch and just relaxed. Truly just relaxed. It was so nice being away from the apartments and all of the tenants. Sometimes it just gets to be too much here and Tom needs a break from complaints and problems.

We ended up coming back Saturday early evening as there was a horrendous storm coming in and we didn't want to sit in a camper with 3 bored boys listening to a storm.

It really was "Like The Best Day!" Or two of them for that matter.



Malathionman said...

You are an apartment manager? I did that for a little while. IT SUCKED. Hope you are on a nice property. Mine wasn't. I just couldn't pass up the cheep rent at the time.

Shannon said...

Sounds like so much fun! What a blessing!

Jen said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! I bet your kids will remember it forever!

meg said...

Oh, this brings back memories of playing in the creek with my siblings in Carmel Valley- we'd collect tadpoles, make leaf boats, & freeze our toes while cooling our soda in the water.