Happy Monday! How was your 4th of July weekend? We were busy. I’m so tired! Thankfully, this week we don’t have much going on besides a couple of ball games.
I thought I’d do a little Top 5 recap of our busy weekend.
We are adventurous, y’all. We started our holiday weekend on Friday canoeing. Kayak/canoeing was one of the activities we had on our Summer 2020 Fun list!
We went with a few friends and got our canoes from Canoe Kentucky in Frankfort. While I was excited, I was a little hesitant because I didn’t know what to expect. Long story short, about four years ago we had a tense and sometimes scary creek tubing experience in North Carolina. I figured a canoe is more substantial and the kids are older, so the canoe trip should be fine…and it was! It’s a great outdoor and socially distant activity. Win win.
We all met to get our life jackets, instructions, and canoes and then we rode on the bus (while wearing masks) to the entry point on Elkhorn Creek. Then, we canoed back which was about 6 miles and took us about 3 hours. We did stop 3 times to let the kids swim and to kind of regroup. Altogether, we had 11 people in 5 canoes and 1 kayak….and we all stayed together! Of course, it was a hot day, but on the water, it was fine. There was shade and the water was cool.
When the instructor dropped us off he said we may see turtles, a bald eagle, deer, and more. We did see the bald eagle, deer, and even a little water snake.
There were a few rapid points that we could easily navigate and there were even times I wished the water would move more! 😂
The adults sat in the back of the canoes to steer while the kids paddled (adults paddled too)—but definitely needed to be in the back to steer.
We really had a great time, and I definitely hope to go again (or make this a summer tradition!)
After we canoed, we headed to one of our favorite spots for dinner…Wallace Station. It’s the perfect spot with picnic tables and shade…and easy to social distance from other diners.
I got the shrimp wrap with orzo side and it was so good!
I ordered some red, white, and blue cookies from a local baker, L’oven Cookies, and picked those up on Friday. We enjoyed them throughout the weekend.
On Saturday, we had our traditional red, white and blue waffles. This year, Hadley made the waffles using a mix and our mini waffle iron. (I usually just use frozen waffles and the toaster ;). She’s become a big help in the kitchen. I put the toppings on!
4th of July:
We actually did have a relaxing day with not much on our plate on Saturday. We lounged around, watched tv, the kids biked with friends, I hung out and read in our pool and that was about it…until it was time for dinner.
The kids did oblige with a red, white, and blue outfit pic with Homer and his new scarf.
He’s good at posing for pics if he knows he’ll get a treat.
Then we grilled out with another family in our neighborhood. The kids see each other pretty often these days to ride bikes and know they can play but to keep some space, and we keep up with the hand washing, of course.
After dinner, we set off a few fireworks before heading home to go to our favorite fireworks viewing location.
Sparklers are my fave.
The 30 minute fireworks display from a local country club did not disappoint.
Then, we came home, set off a few more fireworks (I had just bought a few things at Kroger) and then we headed to bed.
Friday night after we returned home from canoeing, I was exhausted. By 8:00, I was showered and in bed. I turned on Netflix, and The Babysitters Club popped up. I had forgotten that they were doing a series on the books. I swear, as a kid, I read every single one. I remember going to the book store to buy the books one at a time as they were released.
Hadley’s only read a few of them, and enjoys them. I knew she’d love the show and was excited to watch a couple of episodes, so we did. Then, we watched a couple more episodes throughout the weekend.
The show is an updated version that touches on modern topics while also including plot elements from the books.
Sunday was a lazy day mixed with a bit of productivity. We changed all the bedsheets and I made my grocery order for the week.
Hadley and I watched a couple more episodes of the BSC. I snuggled with Homer while the kids played outside.
Then, we met some of Trav’s family at The Stave for an early dinner.
Sunday ended with showers and early bedtimes for everyone. I’ve tried to make Sunday nights a good time to reset for the kids (& myself!)
Tomorrow is Trav’s birthday, so we have more celebrating to do tomorrow.
I hope you have a great week.