Monday, August 4, 2008

It's been another crazy week for us. Last Thursday was the start of our city's annual festival. So I picked up my niece and nephew and took the five kids. They were all incredibly good considering the heat and amount of walking we did. We played hooky from gymnastics and swimming class...sometimes it's just gotta be done!
We parked the car a few blocks away in the high school parking lot. There were shuttle buses running but we chose to walk so I could take a peek at all the craft and art booths that lined the parking lots on the way to the festival. We finally made it to the park 30 minutes later only to discover they don't accept credit cards and I only had $20 in cash on me. Each wrist band was $20. I had 5 children with me. You do the math.
This wasn't good.
So I loaded the kiddos into a shuttle bus back to the car...grabbed my ATM card from my purse...grabbed another shuttle bus back to the hour after parking we were finally able to start having fun.
So that's why we played hooky...we got a late start and didn't want to be rushed.
Their favorite part of the festival was the reptile show and balloon animal guy. Mamma's favorite part of the festival was the elephant ears...=D

Will I EVER get a picture of this child with his tongue in his mouth?....seriously!

Saturday I played golf. I'm not a golfer. My husband bought me golf clubs 7 years ago in the hopes that I might enjoy it with him. The last time I golfed was almost 6 years ago when I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter. I gave up in frustration after the 4th hole, threw my club, and commited myself to being the golf cart driver for the rest of the game. I couldn't even hit the damn ball.
Every year one of my neighbors hosts and organizes a neighborhood golf outing. And every year I decline the invitation out of fear of making a complete ass of myself. Well, this year I decided to step outside of my box and give it a try. And DUDE! I had a blast and enjoyed playing so much that I've decided to go get me some golf lessons...OH YES I DID!
I actually hit the ball. And it actually went more than 10 feet. And I actually saved our team a few other words....I actually had better hits than my husband a few times! AND! I sunk a 25 foot putt! OH YES I DID!
After the game we met back at my neighbor's house where she cooked us dinner and distributed the prizes. There was no hope for a best game, furthest drive, or closest to the pin prize.....BUT we won the mystery prize. $65. I swear I always win. When it involves a drawing or a raffle....I always win...and I'm SO not kidding. It's almost a little freaky. I'm like the luckiest person you'll ever meet.
The kids all went swimming and the adults played cards and drank and we were up until midnight. It was a fantastic day. With perfect weather.
Tracy and Devon are our wonderful neighbors and friends and were our golf partners for the day.

I'm always hearing my husband talk about golf etiquett and attire. So before we left I asked him what I should wear....what is proper golf attire for a woman. He said "hun, the course we're playing you could walk out there nude and no-one would say a thing." So I chose comfort over was 85 degress and sunny. Gorgeous day.

Sunday morning we over slept a smidge and got a late start. We were invited to spend the day up in Port Austin (a 2 hour drive) with the whole gymnastics team. The assistant coach has a home on Lake Huron up there with a lovely beach front property. Another 85 degree sunny day. The kids spent the day swimming, tubing, jet skiing, playing volley ball, and building sand castles. Fun was had by all!

And now I must pay the price for the fun weekend. My home has been neglected for 3 days straight. I have a mountain of laundry to attend and my kitchen looks like a tornado struck.
Was it worth it? Yep!


common mom said...

Sounds like an awesome time! I used to hate golfing as well. When I was little, I got up every Sunday at 5:00 a.m. to caddy for my dad . . . it was AWESOME! Yet I never learned how to golf. Then I met my hubby and his family is a fam of golfers. So I got me some clubs. And I SUCKED! Then I got me some lessons, and I could get around the course without swearing - at least not too much. Now, we golf a few times a month and have a blast together! The kids are just starting - it's great family time :-)

And water . . . oh how jealous am I! I live in a landlocked state with no water . . . I moved here from MN. I miss water. and I miss winter. Have I mentioned that I love love love water and really realy really miss it? The next time you're at the lake, go skiing and swimming for me, please :-)

Kori said...

It looks TOTALLY worth it; I love the beach photos, and it sounds like you had such a great time!

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R.L.Scovens said...

It looks like yall had a great weekend!! Congrats! Mel and I didn't get out at all...we have a few plans for next weekend.

LittlePaintedPolkaDots said...

What a fun time! I love all the photos. You passed right on by my house. You guys should stop by next time ;) I'm glad ya'll had fun!!!

Happy2bme said...

Sounds like a very fun weekend! I enjoyed all your pictures.

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

I love weekends like that, where you don't do a stitch of anything work related, and come Monday are exhausted from all the FUN. THAT'S how weekends are supposed to be spent.

Ironically enough, we have a friend that organizes a golf tournament every year too and her's was this weekend too! Hubby and I used to play in it every year before we moved and it was the only time I golfed. I suppose I wouldn't mind golfing more often, so maybe someday.

Great pictures all around! And the time at the lake looks like a blast. I love the water too.

Colleen said...

That settles it! I'm comin' to MI and we're gonna go golfing! I'm by no means a good golfer - I like to drink and socialize a bit too much - but it counts as exercise, cart or no, right?

Looks like you had a glorious time, and if it makes you feel any better, my house was hit by the same twister!

Kellan said...

What a great weekend - you guys are living a great life!!! I have clubs too - from about 5 years ago - bought for the same intentions - haven't used them in about 5 years - HA!

Have a good day - Kellan

Dana said...

sounds a looks like everyone had a great time!! I know about paying the price.. Fun weekends make me neglect my house too... Hey, it's ok, it's usually worth it!

Bahama Mama said...

OK - I would so STINK at golf so Iam not even going to try! I mentioned you in my post today Tammi. Hubby and I discovered somewhere I think you'd love!

Breanne Vasquez said...

Looks like yall had blast - what a packed weekend. I am also paying for my weekend with a messy house.

Suzie said...

Wow what a great trip. Now get to your laundry

BusyDad said...

wow, that was like a MONTH'S worth of outings packed into one weekend! That means you can laze around the house for the rest of August and not feel guilty about it. I think I may employ that strategy someday.

Brooke said...

I want to go!! Makes me excited for our annual Fair to roll around! I ahve always wanted to try golf, or maybe I just like the clothes the girls wear, but I better watch out, as you know I can get clothing items mixed up!