Well, there's no doubt about it, summer is officially ending and harvest is just around the corner. Summer has seemed to fly by but harvest & fall are my favorite times of year so I'm kinda excited!
Last weekend my cousin Karrisa, a friend and I traveled up to Lake Okoboji for our friend Kirsten's bachelorette party. Her co-worker had a house by the lake and let us use it for the night. We went out for supper at Barraco's and it was an outdoor restaurant and we were able to overlook Lake Okoboji while eating dinner and feel the cool breeze. Very pretty!
It was a fun night celebrating Kirsten's (in white) engagement. She will marry AJ on Sept. 18.
Rowan came to hang out with me yesterday while his mommy worked and his daddy worked on my house. He didn't care for the loud saw that was cutting the siding.
He did love riding the 4wheeler with his mommy though!
Last Sunday afternoon my family went boating with some family friends. They have a wonderful boat and we had a great afternoon playing in the water & sun. If you know Karl, when he gets complimented he grins really big and then tries to play it off like it's not that big of a deal. Well, Karl is probably one of the most humble people I know, but somehow, when he is in the water it changes from humble to SHOW OFF!! He is really fun to watch! He was kinda entertaining too because he would do "something fancy" like ski out of the wake, and then jump over the wake to get back in and he would grin when he did it successfully and then we would all just laugh on the boat. He is great at everything! :)
We didn't know surfing in Iowa was possible but they did it! You hold on to a rope only to get yourself up out of the water and then you have to balance on the surfboard (no boots/slots to put your feet in) and stay right in the wake directly behind the boat. Once you get your balance you let go of the rope and you magically continue to follow the boat as long as you keep your balance. Looks and seems tricky but they did let go of the rope a few times!
Rachel & I tubing...... I think at one point (in between screaming like a girl) I told her I'd adopt Rowan if she died :)
Leah, Karl, Kristin, Matt, Rachel
Dad's way of enjoying the boat...a Sunday afternoon nap in the sun! Poor guy needed his rest, he had a lot of work ahead of him on my house this past week! :)
Another one of our summer projects.....the last I remember, I believe I said "If the siding is on by the time it snows I'll be happy". Well, IT'S ALL ON! I'm so impressed and never imagined it'd be done this quickly. My dad and Karl worked on it A LOT this past week and it's 98% finished, just a few pieces, caulking and it'll be done! So each night when I came home from work, my house was further and further along. I thought "Why is it that when I ask (I like to think of it as a friendly reminder ;)) for something to be done it seems to take FOREVER, but when I don't ask it just happens?". Well, I guess I learned my lesson in being patient! :) Good things come to those who wait.....So, does that mean if I tell Karl that if the deck is complete before it snows that'll get done next week? HAHA just kidding :)
Day by Day...
THANK YOU DAD FOR HELPING!!!!!!!! :)
We had a few helpers on Saturday to get it finished up. Thanks to Andy, Matt, Kurt & my Dad for helping!!!!
Last night we invited Karl's siblings over for supper and play games. We figured with school, harvest, and just a busy time of year coming up, it would be nice to take a break and hang out together. It is soooo fun for me to hang out with them when children aren't around, because I rarely experience that (don't get me wrong, I love each child very much!! It's that I joined the family at the point when there was already 9 kids so I didn't get to see them in the before-children stage). I loved watching them interact as couples and got to see a different side of them, so to speak. It is fun for me to see different parts of their personalities. We're very lucky to have such great siblings!! It was a great relaxing night with lots of laughs! Thanks for coming everyone! :)
Oh yeah.... one more thing! My mom turned 40 YEARS OLD this past week.....oh wait, did I say 40? I meant 40+11!!!! So I believe, if I added this correctly, she is a whopping 51. :) We took her out for lunch and she loved being embarrased by the servers at the Mexican restaurant singing to her with a big ol' sombraro on her head. Happy Birthday Mom! :)