Inner Tube Swimming

This past Monday, we finally got to take the inner tube and head out to play with it. My boys have never been on one, so it was a special treat for them. We took Dad to the Funny Farm (Fun Farm Bridge) to try it out.

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We tied a string to it so it wouldn’t get too far away from us and let them drift a bit with the current. The boys loved the inner tube!

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Have I mentioned Caiden loves water?

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I even went out for a few minutes, even though it was sized for a small child…

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Jen climbed on but the shock of the cold water made her lose her composure for a few minutes…

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I posted a rough picture of Jen so it is only fair I post a second picture… a sane one.

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Jen walked out a bit with both boys on the tube at the same time.

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Jen walked away. Dad still had ahold of the string but we let them float alone for a few minutes.

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Jen took the boys on a walk down the stream to where we were going to have our picnic dinner.

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Caiden was bouncing the inner tube after dinner, splashing himself pretty good.

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Caiden helping Brendan in the water.

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Jen interrupting brother time by splashing both of them pretty good.

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Baywatch, anyone?

And then, yesterday, my son got a letter in the mail…

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He worked really hard at getting the envelope open.

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He read the entire thing by himself. It was a letter from his Kindergarten teacher, welcoming him to her class at the end of August. The awesome part is that his upcoming Kindergarten teacher was his Preschool teacher. There couldn’t be a happier child on the planet!

I’m quite sure you’re wondering by now, “Why are you finally posting about all this activity?”

Well, tomorrow morning, my family and I (minus dad, who has to leave for work) are leaving for a weeks’ vacation in Oklahoma with my parents, my brother (and his family) I haven’t seen in nearly 20 years or more. It’ll be a 22+ hour drive over two days but the result should be a lot of fun times. I had to clean out my pictures folder before I could take pictures of our trip!

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Prepping what I need to take with me to take over my mom’s kitchen for a week. I volunteered to take care of all breakfast and dinner foods for the week. My mom and dad aren’t young anymore. It’s the least I can do.

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Making some garlic butter and other butters to take to my dad. I’ve been promising for nearly a year to mail him some. Now is a perfect opportunity to make and take with!

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My spices. A must. I don’t plan on having my parents buy spices they won’t use after I leave. I’d rather bring my own and then they don’t have a bunch of extras when we are gone.

Back to packing! Tomorrow morning will come early and, of course, Mark wants me to make him some food for his last few days in town before I leave in the morning. He wants me to make 2 dinners for him to keep fed the four days he’ll be “home alone.”

In my opinion, it doesn’t matter. He’ll still go out to eat every chance he gets.

Keep watching! I’ll keep y’all posted on our travels and fun! Right now, I need to figure out what quilts I am taking down to show off to my mom. I mean, really, could you see me visiting my parents for the first time in two years and *not* showing off my quilts? I just can’t decide which ones to take! Someone needs to heeeeeelllllllppppppp!

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4 thoughts on “Inner Tube Swimming

  1. Bah I eat all the food you make “then” go out for more!

  2. I have wonderful memories of big inner tubes n the lake when my boys were young.

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