We finally got it-- the family weekend that we so desparately needed. We did stuff all weekend, but to me it was the most relaxing because I got to spend it with all my Js. We had been going on almost 3 months of not having a family weekend because of Joe working or someone in our house being sick.
Friday after I got off from work I picked up the girls (Joel had been with me at work) and we drove to Greenville to Joe's work. We rode around the golf course and the kids loved it. They get so excited looking for animals. We saw tons of squirrels, some geese, some ducks, a turtle the size of a quarter, and Joe caught a bigger turtle from a stream. He put it back after the girls had inspected it. Joel is just like his Daddy and loves to be outside. He just sat there and looked at everything and never made a peep the whole time we rode. After about an hour to hour and a half we went and got something to eat and went back to ride in the dark. The moon was so bright and beautiful that we didn't even have to turn the light on the golf cart. It had the potential of being very romantic if you didn't have three kids with you :) It was after 10 when we got home that night. Saturday morning we got up and headed to Pump It Up for Elias' birthday party. What kid doesn't like Pump It Up so of course the girls had a blast.
That evening we had dinner with Other Mama and Pap-Paw. Pap-Paw grilled out steaks and chicken and we had mashed potatoes and roasted corn on the cob. It was so good. The girls always have fun playing at Other Mama and Pap-Paw's house, but I think their favorite thing is taking a bath in their big tub.
Sunday we went to church where Josie "did the plates" again. She gets better and better each time she does it. I'm just so proud of her. After church we headed to Montevallo which is about an hour drive from our house. We stopped halfway in Clanton and ate lunch at Peach Park. We got back on the road and stopped at a rest area to change into our "play clothes." About 20-25 minutes later we arrived at Orr Park. It was beautiful and obviously a great asset to Montevallo because their were tons of people there. There were people swimming in the creek, there was a group of guys playing flag football, there were two "birth" parties (that is what Jolie kept calling it), people walking around the park, and kids playinng on the playground. What is special about Orr park is that a gentlemen named Tim Tinglewood has taken time to go through the park and carve things into the dead trees so that they once again serve a purpose. I copied pictures people had posted online and made a scavenger hunt out of the pictures. I thought the girls could look at the pictures I had printed and find the trees. They LOVED it! Josie was so excited and Jolie was too once she started finding the trees. This man has put a lot of love, time, and creativity into his art, and it was a really great afternoon. I'm posting a few pictures so you can see what I'm talking about. These are pictures other people have posted.
The girls with what looks like a character from Harry Potter
The two most handsome guys in the world:
We left Orr Park a little after 5 and Joe wanted to test his navigational skills and see if he could get to his grandmother's which was about 20-30 minutes away. It was pretty easy saying that there were tons of signs saying Maplesville this way, but I'll still hand it to him that he found his way. So we visited with Gigi, Unlce Lynn, Aunt Holly, and Matthew for an hour or two before heading home last night.
It was a great weekend. We didn't rest all weekend. The only naps the girls got were in the car going from this place to the next, but we sooo needed the family time together.