Labor Day Weekend Recap 9.4.17 Family Fun at Lake Burton

Hey guys!! How are you?  How was your long weekend?  We made it back from the lake Monday afternoon, but had the best weekend away.  We left Friday after work for my in-law’s lake house in Georgia with my dad, brother, our pups and my mother-in-law.  We got in late on Friday night and went straight to bed. 

On Saturday morning, we took a walk with the pups then hit the lake!!  Our dogs aren’t spoiled at all….

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This little munchkin did some tubing!!  

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And made a new friend at the marina after he got some ice cream!  I am still trying to convince him that dogs are better than cats… he disagrees.  

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Saturday afternoon we played some ping pong and took turns on the kayaks in the cove before loading up on the boat with some drinks and appetizers for a little sunset cruise!

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The pups were pretty happy they got to tag along. 🙂

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My dad and brother. 

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My dad tried all day long to catch a fish and finally did later Saturday evening! 

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Sunday morning we all piled in the car and headed to a nearby trail for a short hike!

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The short hike led to a beautiful waterfall!

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Jacob leading the way. 

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The crew minus my dad, the photographer. 🙂 

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Me, my brother, and my daddy!

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After our hike, we hung out on the boathouse for a while before taking out the jetskis!  Jacob couldn’t get enough!  He likes to go fast!!!  My dad last about 5 minutes. 🙂

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We had such a nice relaxing weekend filled with lots of fun activities and fun family time, but we were all a little tired when we got home on Monday.  Riley headed straight for a nap with his “friends.” 😉

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Later that night he decided I was a better pillow. 🙂  I just can’t get enough of this pup! Don’t you guys worry… Callie gets all the love too… she was probably just hiding in a corner during this picture… she is a funny one. 🙂 

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That about sums up our weekend at the lake!  We are so fortunate our families get along so well and we can all be together on long holiday weekends!! I hope you guys all had a fun and relaxing weekend as well!! I will be back later this week for my final two recaps of our trip to Hawaii!!

Questions:

  1. Did you travel anywhere for Labor Day?
  2. What was the best meal you had this weekend?
  3. Did you get to do any outdoor activities this weekend? Lake? Pool? Hike? 

Lake Burton Weekend With Friends

Hi friends!! How was your weekend?  Mine was pretty low key with a girls night, a date night and a pool day at my moms.  My husband spent the majority of the weekend working on building us a new dining room table.  I will show you guys pictures once it is complete!  I am soo excited!  

Last weekend we headed down to lake Burton on Thursday once our friends arrived from Boston.  We met a few of our other friends there for a long weekend in the sunshine!  We did a lot of boating.  

And played a lot of hillbilly golf. 

The pups were pretty darn happy the whole weekend.  

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We played games in the boathouse and floated in the water.  We got so lucky with great weather for most of the weekend.  

I have the best friends!  We had friends fly from Boston and Iowa, and drive from Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia.  It was such a great group!

Thursday and Friday night we just grilled out at the house.  Saturday night we had dinner at the restaurant at the marina.  The girls before boating to dinner.  We had a group picture with the boys, but that phone took a tumble into the lake. 😉 

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My and my bestie Rachael!  

I got the salmon at dinner and it was amazing!!  

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On our boat ride home from dinner some neighbors were shooting off fireworks so we got our own little show.  It was awesome!  

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Isn’t nature just so beautiful?  

Most of the crew left Sunday, but we stayed an extra day with our friends from Boston.  We spent most of the day at the marina (we got caught in a rainstorm) and on the boat.  

After cleaning up and packing up on Monday morning, we made the drive back to Nashville.  Somebody was exhausted!! 

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When we got home I got a call from my florist mom that she was making a delivery to our house.  She has the prettiest hydrangeas at her house and often brings me some.  I just LOVE having fresh flowers in my house.  

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Well it took all last week to recover from lots of fun at the lake, but I am feeling well-rested and ready to tackle this week!  Who’s with me?!  I hope to pop in later this week, but until then, have a great one!!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. Do you take an annual trip with friends?  
  3. What are you having for breakfast today?  

And the Lake Fun Continues

Good morning! Whew, the weekend has arrived!!  We don’t have a ton of plans this weekend, which is nice after being away last weekend.  I’m hoping to get in a few trips to the park with the pups, a couple workouts, some pool time with my momma and some cleaning around the house.  

When we were at the lake, we took a couple rides on the Jetskis (I always drive… I do not trust my husband not to go too fast…:)).  Well when I came outside the other day… I saw this…. I’m not sure exactly what I said to my husband, but I let him know that nothing better happen to my girl.  And what do ya know… she actually enjoyed the ride!  He was very cautious with her and went pretty slow, but she seemed to like it.  

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My husband giving me a heart attack one day at a time… #overlyconcerneddoggiemomma

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The cutest little family there ever was.  

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I mentioned before that we go out on the boat to see the fireworks show every year.  Well this year I was voted to be the statue of liberty…. 

I tried to get out of this duty… with no success. 😉 

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Last night at the lake with my sweet sister!

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So happy these two made the trip to join us! 

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Otis looking calming while planning his next escape.  😉

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I got pretty dang lucky in the spouse department. 🙂  My husband may disagree… 😉

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My husband and I with his parents.  We just love these two. 

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The whole gang minus my in-laws’ friends! 

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We had such a great Fourth of July weekend with our friends and family and are so thankful to all the men and women who sacrifice each day to allow us these special moments.  And a very special Happy Birthday to my momma whose birthday was on the 4th!!!  

Questions:

  1. What does freedom mean to you?
  2. What are you up to this weekend?
  3. Do your siblings live near you? 

The Fourth of July Lake Burton Tradition Continues

Hey guys!  I hope you all had a wonderful, long holiday weekend.  We got back from Georgia on Tuesday and I sure was happy when I realized it was Wednesday and not Monday when I got back to work the next day. 🙂 

We left for Lake Burton on Thursday after work and arrived late Thursday night.  The rest of the crew arrived Friday so we planned to just hang around on Friday.  It was a good thing we didn’t have plans outdoors because it poured rain all day on Friday.  We eventually got in a nice little evening cruise a little later on when some guests arrived.  

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Sweet Riley in his element.  

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My sister and her boyfriend arrived late Friday night and we had quite an early wake up call on Saturday morning for the Lake Burton Fun Run.  It is just a 2 mile run along the lake, but it sure is hilly.  We finished in around 18:30, but I’m sure that was because of me.  This little lady was running like it was no big deal and I was over here huffing and puffing up the hills. 😉  

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There was quite the celebration at the marina afterwards. 

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After we got home and changed we took the boat to a nearby island so the pups could run around.  Riley was in absolute heaven.  I have never met another little dog that loves water as much as Riley does.  

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We brought the hillbilly golf game down to the lake and we had so much fun playing it.  

 

Throughout the long weekend, we had a few thunderstorms, which were welcomed after bouts of extreme heat!  There is something so peaceful about listening to the rain. 

This was Callie’s first trip to the lake!!  We haven’t been able to bring her to Georgia because when we lived in Dallas, we always flew to the lake.  Now that we can drive, it is so nice to be able to bring our sweet girl.  She actually really enjoyed the lake (she usually does not do well in new places) with the one exception being the fireworks!!  Each year we go out on the boat to watch the fireworks show and we leave the dogs at home.  When we got back this year, we couldn’t find Callie.  After lots of searching, we found her under a bed (that I thought she couldn’t possibly fit under) shaking uncontrollably.  She finally calmed down, but it was a pretty rough night for her.  

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We did lots of lounging, played many games of cards, did lots of yummy cooking, played cornhole at the marina, and just relaxed, which was SO very needed for all of us.  

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My husband bought all the “kids” festive shirts.  Yep, my doggie nephew, Otis, made the trip from Dallas.  He only escaped once this trip. 😉 

We celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday in style! 🙂 .. with a few cakes. 

I think the pups were pretty happy with all the walks, runs, and cuddles they got throughout the weekend. 🙂 

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I will be back tomorrow to finish up my fourth of July recap!! Have a wonderful day, friends!!!

Questions:

  1. Did you travel over the holiday weekend?
  2. What did you do for the 4th of July? 
  3. If you have a dog, does you dog hate fireworks like Callie? 

Lake Burton Trip With Friends Part 2

Good morning!!  Hope your day is off to a good start!  I have plans hang out with my mom and sister today so it should be a good one! But first I had to stop in and finish up my recap of our lake trip with our friends! 

Saturday consisted of more boat time and docking up at our favorite little island for some fun in the sun and fetch with the pups!  Riley would stay in the water all day if he could.

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This is what he looks like after a few hours of fetching sticks in the water… 🙂 

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While cruising around, we saw Nick Saban (head coach of the football team at the University of Alabama) on his boat being interviewed… yes, we tried very hard to get in the videos. 😉 

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Friends! 

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Saturday night we had plans for dinner out so we put on our fanciest lake attire and headed out! 😉

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Love these girlies!

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We boated to the restaurant, which is always fun! 

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Boys in the front, girls in the back! 🙂 

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We went to the La Prades for dinner and like usual, it did not disappoint.  Rachael and I split the salmon and the grouper (I think) and both were delicious! 

Rachael convinced me to try using her lipstain and I kinda liked it.  I usually am just a chapstick/lipgloss kind of girl, but the color is growing on me!

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We had a flight on Sunday night that kept getting delayed (thankfully it didn’t get cancelled) so we were able to grab dinner with our friends at Carrabbas at the airport, which was a great ending to our trip! 

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We always have a blast at the lake, especially with our friends!! We are so lucky to have them!  Until next summer… 

Questions:

  1. Do you have annual trips with your friends?
  2. Do you wear lipstain/lipstick?
  3. What did you eat for dinner last night?

Lake Burton Trip With Friends Part 1

Hi guys! Happy Wednesday! Woo, we made it to the half way point!  This week has been physically and emotionally draining on me, but my mom comes into town today so I am really looking forward to seeing her and spending some time just hanging out around the house.  Yesterday I was able to squeeze in a last minute cupping session (you can read about my first one here) to help ease the pain in my neck and back.  It was glorious and the marks are not near as bad as the last time so I think that means my circulation is better?  Who knows.. but I did leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  

Two weekends ago we were in Georgia at the lake for a long weekend with some of our best friends.  We had friends come from Atlanta, Boston and Nashville to spend the weekend with us.  We are so blessed to have such amazing friends that will travel so far to spend time with us.  🙂 Today I just wanted to do a little recap of our fun weekend with our friends. 

My husband and I arrived early on Thursday morning after our flight Wednesday night was cancelled (that has never happened to me before).  We grabbed our rental car and groceries and headed to the lake! We took a short boat cruise before our friends arrived.  Did I mention Riley got to come?  And he gave me so many kisses because he was so happy.  This dog just LOVES the water. 

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This view never gets old.

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My husband and I cooked a simple dinner of tuna, salad and avocado before our friends began to show up! 

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Then I found the boys like this… #rufflife 🙂 

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Friday morning started bright and early with a workout crafted by my bestie, Rachel.  If you can’t tell, it was SO hard.  We were all dying by the end, but it was a nice way to start our day.

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We spent most of the day on the boat cruising around and playing with the pups!

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Friday night we had dinner at home that consisted of grilled chicken, salmon, asparagus, and roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes! so so so good!

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We hung out on the boathouse after dinner before taking an evening boat cruise to the marina when we got word that Sammy Kershaw was playing a concert on the lake that night.  He is an old favorite of mine so I was really excited!   

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Ofcourse we had to have lots of cuddles with the pups before heading out.

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Love my peeps!

This girl and I have so many memories from high school to a lot of Sammy Kershaw songs so it was fun to reminisce with her!

That’s all I’ve got for you today!  I’ll see you tomorrow to wrap up our trip!! Have a great Wednesday!!! 

Questions:

  1. What song reminds you of a past memory?
  2. Have you been to any concerts recently?
  3.  Do you take your pets (if you have any) with you when you travel?

Lake Burton Part 2

Good morning!  I hope your week is going well! Can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already!  I love a short week! 

Today I am going to (hopefully) finish up the recap of our trip to Lake Burton last week.  So let’s see…I will pick up right where I left off.

Saturday evening we took a boat ride (or two) to get my mother-in-law out of the house for a bit.  My father-in-law planned to have her two best friends come to the lake for the week to surprise her.  (They both live out of town.)  Getting her out of the house around dinner time was a bit of a challenge (she likes to prep for dinner ahead of time).  Her friends were bringing dinner with them for everyone too.  She had an idea something was up, but she had no idea what it was.  

This is as we were driving back to the house on the boat. (My husband took a video.)

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She realized two people were on the boathouse, but she couldn’t figure out who they were….

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Until we got closer…. and then this sequence of excitement occurred.  

It was the best reaction EVER!!!! She saw her two best friends marching along…

She is a hard one to surprise so it was really fun to see her so happy! 

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My mother-in-law let me borrow one of her festive shirts for the occasion! 

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We spent some time hanging out with everyone before the next surprise came along! 

Over the last couple months, I put together this box with envelopes number 1-60 for my mother-in-law’s birthday.  Inside each card was a note that read, “I love Cathy because….” from 60 of her friends and family.  She was shocked.  It was so fun for her to read them all out loud and discuss how she knew each person.  We all love her very much and were so glad we could make her birthday so special this year.  

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The birthday girl with all her friends!

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Saturday night was the firework show on the lake.  We headed out around 9pm to the middle of the lake with all the other boats.  

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Then the show began.  It was beautiful as always. 

Sunday included more fun…. like the boys jumping off the boathouse! 

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Then my husband, brother-in-law, Riley and I headed out on the jetskis to the marina for a drink and some corn hole.  (Yes, Riley loves to ride on the jetski.)  We had a fun afternoon just chatting and relaxing in the sun. 

We made it home in time for dinner.  Every night we had a TON of food options (my mother-in-law’s friends brought enough food to feed an army :)).  This night I had grilled shrimp, corn, and a sun dried tomato bean and arugula salad.  It was all sooo tasty!  

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Then we sang to the birthday girl and cut this massive chocolate cake her other friends from Atlanta brought!  It was almost too pretty to cut….almost. 

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(Sorry for the bad lighting.) 

Sunday night we went out for a night boat cruise.  The boat at night is so peaceful.

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And we wore our festive glow sticks (I forgot to pull them out of my bag for Saturday night.). Even Riley got some. 😉 

I spent Monday and Tuesday reading, walking, jetskiing, boating, napping, and puzzling before heading home on Tuesday evening.  It was the most wonderful week at the lake and it always seems to go by SO fast.  Until next time… 

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite cake flavor?
  2. Have you ever been jetskiing?
  3. Do you like surprises?

Lake Vacation Recap Part 1

Good morning, friends!!  How are you all doing after a long holiday weekend?  We got home late last night and boy am I tired today….  I still managed to pull myself out of bed for an early 3.5 mile run so I could start this day on a high note!  

I had all intentions of stopping in yesterday, but the day just got away from me.  After almost an entire week at Lake Burton in Georgia with my in-laws, I have quite the array of photos to show you.  I realize this is becoming more of a travel blog at the moment, but I’m just going with it.  I hope to get back in the kitchen soon to craft up some new recipes that have been on my mind for sometime now, but my busy schedule doesn’t allow for much of that right now.  As I have mentioned before, I have the companion pass (Southwest) this year so I can travel for free with my husband this entire year, which has allowed us quite a few more trips than usual.  We are taking FULL advantage of this awesome perk and have been on the go at least twice a month this whole year… and the traveling is not going to slow down until the end of the year.  I am so grateful to be able to travel, but I really am looking forward to some down time in my own kitchen where I can be creative and test new recipes.  Until then….. 

We arrived in Atlanta last Wednesday evening, grabbed a rental car, and made the short two-hour drive to the lake!  After a very restful night of sleep, Thursday started bright and early with a long walk/run with my favorite sidekick, Riley. 

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I spent a lot of time waiting on him…. he has to sniff EVERYTHING in a new place. 

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Most of my lunches consisted of massive salads the size of my head loaded with lots of veggies!

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There were quite a few naps on the screened in porch, too! 

Thursday night it was just me, my husband, and my in-laws so we kept it simple for dinner.  They grabbed a couple pizzas and I broiled a piece of salmon for my salad.  Delish!!

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Friday night my husband’s brothers arrived and we headed out for dinner in town to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday at Fortify.  I got the salmon (I can’t ever pass it up) and my husband got the sea bass.  Both were incredible!

And a chocolate dessert for the birthday girl! 

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The birthday girl and her 3 boys. 🙂

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The whole crew.

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A few of us had to run into Walmart after dinner to grab a couple things and somehow we ended up in the hat isle….  They tried on about 10 hats each… 

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My husband told me I couldn’t get this one.  I thought it looked cute. 😉 

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There is something so peaceful about mornings at the lake… 

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Saturday morning started with a long walk with my husband, brother in law, and pup followed by a morning jet-ski ride with my hubs. The morning breeze was so refreshing!

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I worked up quite the appetite for breakfast!  I had coconut greek yogurt, lots of berries and walnuts.  This may be my new favorite combination!

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After breakfast we started this puzzle… It was the hardest puzzle I have ever done.  

I’ll wrap this post up here, but I have more to show you tomorrow that includes a fun surprise we did for my mother-in-law’s birthday! Have a great day!

Questions: 

  1. How was your holiday weekend?
  2. What was the best thing you ate?
  3. Are you feeling tired or rejuvenated after the long weekend? 

The Last of Our Family Lake Weekend

Happy hump day!  How are you all doing?  I’m just glad this week is a short one as we settled back into our usual routine.  I am still adjusting to getting up early (I slept in as much as I could over the weekend and took quite a few naps), but I am sure it won’t take too long to adjust.  I am really looking forward to a weekend at home so we can get some things done around the house and hopefully get some boat time in too.  

I have a few more pictures from our family reunion over the weekend at the lake so here we go! 

Riley and I started Saturday with a walk/run down to Lady Bug Lane (I totally want to live on this street).  The mornings were nice and crisp with a little breeze so we made sure to get our exercise in early before it got too hot.

Then we enjoyed breakfast on the boat house in the sunshine while I did a little reading.  P.S. I finished my book, “Luckiest Girl Alive” and loved it!  I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it.  

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My sister sent me this picture over the weekend of our Callie girl and I just love it.  She thoroughly enjoyed her time with her aunt, uncle, and cousin while we were away.  She is obsessed with them.  

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On Saturday some of the boys went golfing.  Jon made sure to bring his selfie stick. 😉  

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And the rest of us worked hard on this puzzle!  (Thanks Ally and Amanda!)

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Lunches were fruit and lots of different salads (black bean, quinoa, tuna and bean, etc.).  

Saturday night we had reservations at the restaurant at LaPrades marina.  We took a little boat cruise to get there. 

The whole crew before dinner! 🙂

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I got the salmon for dinner with green beans and a baked sweet potato with a salad to start.  It was all so yummy! 

The lighting was horrible, but I got in some baby time with our little niece (well, she is actually my husband’s cousin’s baby, but anyway..), Abby.  She is so precious and just loves everyone, especially little Riley (our pup).  

After dinner we went to one of the rental houses that had a huge fireplace outside to play Catch Phrase.  We always die laughing from this game and it is so fun with lots of people.   

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Sunday started with another long walk/run with the pup.  Love these family signs.  

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Then we all pulled numbers out of a bowl for the Indy 500 race.  I lost.  My husband won.  

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How cool is this picture from the drone of the boat house?  (Yes, my husband carried it on the airplane again…)

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It did come in handy for some family pictures! Every year, my husband’s aunt Nancy makes shirts for the cousins to remember the weekend (Thanks Aunt Nancy).  This year they were red! 🙂

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I’ll wrap up this boat with a couple more pictures of the lake from the drone!

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It is pretty darn neat to see the view from above!

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We definitely miss the mountains living in Dallas now, but at least we get to visit them often!  We had such a wonderful weekend with family playing games, eating yummy food, and just relaxing! Can’t wait for next year!  

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite game to play with a lot of people?
  2. Did you exercise over the long weekend?
  3. Do you like water sports?

 

Memorial Day Weekend at Lake Burton

Hi ya’ll!  How was your Memorial Day weekend?  I hope it was spent relaxing and remembering those who have served for our freedom!  We arrived back home yesterday and it sure is nice to be home after a long travel day.  We had an amazing long weekend with family and mostly good weather!  Even though we are back to our normal routine today, I still have more pictures to show you from our time at the lake! 

Friday morning started out bright and early with a long walk/run with my little buddy, Riley.  Every morning he was so excited for his walk at the lake, but yesterday morning, I had to drag this little guy out of bed.  A few days at the lake really tires him out! 

A little patriotic breakfast after our exercise.  Strawberry greek yogurt with bananas, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

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After a quick shower, my mother-in-law and I headed into town to scope out the Farmer’s Market.  Here are some of our finds! The Georgia peaches were out of this world! 

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My mother-in-law made this amazing quinoa salad for lunch.  It had snap peas, corn, chives, parsley and a yummy dressing.  I will have to get the recipe for you guys!  It was so tasty! 

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Lots of boat rides. 

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My mother-in-law and I picked up a puzzle and spent lots of time working on it.  

Dinner Friday night was a simple salmon nicoise salad.  The salmon had a delicious lemony mustard marinade that made it so tasty.  

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My sleeping baby with my brother-in-law and father-in-law.  

That is all for today!  I will be back tomorrow for the last of the pictures from our fun family lake weekend.  Have a wonderful Tuesday! 

Questions:

  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. Does today feel like a Monday to you?
  3. Do you have any Memorial Day traditions?