Monday, June 28, 2021

A Summer Lake Weekend

We had our first visit to my parents' lake home this past weekend and had a great time! We drove up after work on Wednesday night and that drive reminded me why we NEVER drive to the lake after work. It took 4 hours! Road construction is so bad in the summer and traffic is awful. Plus we had to make 2 stops - one stop so Paul could go to the bathroom and another stop to get Chick-Fil-A. At one point both boys were screaming/crying. Phil said he wondered if we were on candid camera or something. But we wanted to get to the lake that night so we could get to my grandma's early the next morning before it got too hot. We had to visit with her outdoors since our kids aren't vaccinated yet. 

Thankfully everyone slept pretty well on Wednesday night and woke up in a good mood. Will reacquainted himself with the swing. 

After breakfast we drove to my grandma's assisted living center which is about an hour away. I had not seen her since July 2019! So we were overdue for a visit. She enjoyed meeting Will and getting to know Paul as an older kiddo! As you can see in the photo below, some family members were more cooperative when it came time to take the picture. 

After we left my grandmas, we ended up stopping at walk-in clinic in Fergus Falls to get Will's ears checked. He has a nasty cold and had been fussier than usual and not sleeping great so I wanted to rule out an ear infection. The doctor said he had some fluid in his ears but he didn't feel the ears warranted antibiotics. I was relieved as I was having PTSD from all of Paul's ear infections (he had them non-stop from 5 months until he got tubes at 9 months). 

We got back to the lake after 1 so we let Paul skip his nap that day. It's nice that he's old enough to skip a nap. A lot of our friend's kids have dropped their nap but Paul really still needs it - which I'm happy about as it's nice to have a break on the weekend. Paul wasn't super interested in swimming but he had fun playing in the sand. And we dipped Will's feet in the lake for the first time. 

We also went on a boat ride. Will HATED the life jacket so it wasn't the most pleasant boat ride, but that's life with a baby.

We were happy to NOT get in a car on Friday after spending hours in the car on Wednesday and Thursday. Will spent some quality time with nana looking at a book on her iPad.

After breakfast, Paul had his first experience fishing! He has fed the fish crackers every spring/summer so he was excited to catch some fish. 

There are tons of fish at the end of my parents dock, so he caught about 15 total (all thrown back) between Friday morning and evening. He was very excited about his catches!

My sister and her 2 youngest kids arrived at lunch on Friday. We hadn't seen them since January 2020! She enjoyed lots of baby snuggles and her kids were SO GREAT with Paul. We let Paul skip his nap again so he could maximize the cousin time. The weather that day was absolutely perfect - 80 degrees, not too humid, and no wind. We were all outdoors for the whole day so Paul was very tired by the time bedtime rolled around.

We woke up to windy, rainy weather on Saturday morning but we are in the midst of a terrible drought so I was not sad - plus we were planning to leave after lunch that day. It's so much easier to leave the lake when the weather isn't great!

We'll be back for a longer stay in August and my younger sister will be there with her little baby! I'm looking forward to meeting my little niece and getting time with my sister and her husband!

How was your weekend? Has it been a hot, dry spring/summer where you live? We finally got some rain over the last few days. I've never experienced such a HOT, dry month of June. We've had so many days over 90 degrees. I like hot weather but June has been a bit much for me so hopefully July is less intense.


katielookingforward said...

Hooray for fishing! Driving north in the summer is always tricky. I find that waiting to leave until 7 pm (vs 4pm-6pm after work) is a little easier traffic wise, but harder when thinking about deer, and I'm not sure the boys would tolerate that with bed times.

Jeanie said...

It sounds like a wonderful weekend, Lisa. I love that photo of Paul and his fish more than anything -- what a smile! And you and your gran have a similar smile, I think. Definitely a resemblance. I know what you mean about construction and driving. It's bad enough without the peanut gallery but super hard with the kids. I'm amazed you only had one stop!

Grateful Kae said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend!! I also love the fishing pictures. My kids LOVE fishing, too. Ivan and I do not fish, so they really only get to do it with my Dad. But they love it! So fun when the fish are biting. It is pretty boring otherwise just sitting there. Haha! Glad you got to see some family! It all sounds like it was so much fun. A perfect summer weekend. And I agree, car travel with little kids is kind of a bummer, but a necessary evil I guess if you ever want to be able to do things out of town!

Stephany said...

I still can't get over how amazing your grandma looks! <3 I'm so glad you got to see her and spend time with her.

Paul with his fish puts a big smile on his face! That's a nice catch!!

I'm glad you guys finally got some rain. It's so weird that Florida is having fairly normal summer and seems to be the more temperate state right now! We have rainstorms just about every day and the temps are HOT but that's expected, lol. They aren't hotter than normal, at least!

Shoshanah said...

We’ve had so, so much rain lately. The main road we take each day goes over a bridge and at one point the bridge was flooded over. Last night we actually ordered food to be delivered and I driver said a couple roads were closed due to water so she had to take back roads. Hopefully we’ll have a dry spell soon.

San said...

I am so happy you were able to see you grandma - finally! And she must have been so thrilled to see you and the boys! <3

Anne said...

Wonderful that you were able to see your family - and especially your Grandma! She must have been so happy to see you.
I just love the photos of Paul fishing - he's simultaneously bursting with pride and happiness. :)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Your grandma does not look 98!! You have some great genes in your family :-)

We have had very little rain all summer. It has been hot and very, very dry. I worry that this is a trend that is going to continue well into the future.