Slowing Down and Holiday Fun

Slowing down is often hard for me to do.  A trait I get from my mom, where we just can’t sit still.  It’s been known to drive a few people around me just a tad crazy.  Last weekend was a three day holiday weekend and I took the opportunity to take a break and do just that – slow down.   And truth be told, it was quite nice!  We had perfect weather, so the hubby and I decided to pack up the car and take the kids to the lake for the day.  Nebraska has some really pretty state parks and several of them are within 30 minutes of our house. 

Louisville LakeThe lake had a nice beach area for us to spread out the blanket and hang out in the sun.  Here I am with mini-me soaking in some rays.  I’m taking full advantage of every minute with her until she heads off to college next month.  I’m sure going to miss her!

Mini and Me

My son loves building and using his hands.  The water is really only useful to him as a moat J  He spent the entire time constructing this sand castle.  He did have some help from some pretty cute ladies along the way. 

Codys Sandcastle

My favorite part of this park was the old fashioned playground equipment they had.  I saw it when we pulled into the park and I squealed with excitement!   They had all the best stuff – aluminum slide, merry-go-round, teeter totter, swings, and monkey bars.  I hadn’t been on a teeter-totter in years!  The hubby agreed we could check it out before we went home.   The teeter totter was the first thing we checked out.  Man, those things are fun, and it sure brought back some childhood memories for me. 

Teeter Totter with Kids Teeter Totter with Kids 2

I was eyeing the monkey bars for a bit, too.  The last time I tried to do monkey bars it was a complete fail.  I could barely hold my weight to just hang there.  Well, it was time to see if all my hard work has paid off. ….

Monkey Bars

Absolutely it has!  I made it all the way across them without any problems.  What an amazing feeling to accomplish something that was once such a challenge.  And of course, a challenge cannot go unmatched – my daughter gave them a go too.  She rocked those monkey bars!  We are two tough ladies!  It was sure fun to just play and feel like a kid again.  It’s something I should try to do more of.

Kelsey Monkey BarsAfter smelling the charcoal fires all day we decided it would be fun to cook our dinner over one.  We picked up the goodies we needed and headed to another local lake.  We grilled kebobs and brats and just enjoyed the evening and time together.  It’s so rare that the four of us are all able to come together for a meal these days.  To wrap up the day we took a short walk along the trail.

Cody and Mom

Have you overcome any obstacles recently?  Have you found any hidden treasures, like that playground equipment that just made your day?  I hope each of you were able to take some time to slow down and spend time with your loved ones. 

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