Saturday, August 23, 2008

And then they left and went back to the west.

boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo.

We miss my sister and the boys SO MUCH. We had such a fantastic week together.

Here we are on our last day. Thanks to a tip from a friend, we discovered a new amazing state park/beach to take the kids only 20 minutes away: Swan Lake. It was a perfect spot for our afternoon and dinner birthday picnic for my mom.

We used to do fried-chicken-with-all-the-fixings picnics all the time when we were growing up and wanted to do it again. Here is my main impression from this week's picnic:

It was SO much more relaxing when I was the kid lying on the blanket eating and my mom had prepared and dished out everything.

The big boys teach Reed how to skip rocks.

Sam taking the boys for a ride.

My mom opening her present.

How many people can say they got a new bike helmet for their mother's 71st birthday present?
She's ready for triathlon training!

We were the last ones there...

dear liesel. please come back right now.


beth said...

Well, Emilie, now that you have given me a bike helmet and let the whole world know that I am considering trying the triathalon next year, I guess I am committed. Tons of thanks for the helmet, by the way. I can't wait to get started.

And yes. It is much too quiet around here without Liesel and the boys--but wasn't it grand!!!

Tiercy said...

I love when my sister's come to visit, but after is the hardest week ever!!