We spent the second weekend of Spring Break at the lake with the Reads. I just can't tell you how much fun we have with the Reads. They are very close family friends with the Harrisons and grew up next door to each other. They are also super special to me because Martin is my doctor and delivered Kinley (i can't believe almost 2 years ago!).
Everyone is just like family. Each time we hang out there are stories upon stories of the kids when they were young and everyone laughs until they can't breathe. There are hilarious stories about Ben being so paranoid about going to bed at 8:00pm no matter where they were because his teacher told him to...Alex being totally naked and uninhibited anywhere they went....Ben and Alex sneaking out at night when Gary and Cheryl were out of town to see his 5th grade girlfriend and putting pillows under their sheets so they wouldn't get caught and Martin putting them in their place when they were....Cheryl bringing Diana home from the hospital after she had Andrew because Martin was on call and couldn't drive her home....Christine being a tomboy and only wearing shorts with no shirts because there were no other girls around to play with...the stories are unending and hilarious.
It is just so fun to be together. We talked and laughed and ate amazing food until we couldn't eat anymore. Overall we had 14 people and 4 dogs and it was a blast!
The weekend was full of projects...the BIG one being putting together Kinley's swingset that Gary and Cheryl bought her for the lake. It was a HUGE undertaking and it took 7 people about 10 hours to put this thing together. Mendy was the instruction reader and materials gatherer for each phase..but, she also got in there and did her fair share of building and drilling as well. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for the dedication it took everyone on their spring break weekend to do this! Kinley will love it and I know it will be there for years to come for everyone else's children too.
Each phase they would finish Kinley could hardly wait to play with
The first time on the slide
We all could not be a part of the building action and were much more productive cheering from the sideline and entertaining Kinley :-) Even though most everyone was hard at work...we still managed to have SO much fun and did our best to relax and enjoy the SUN!
While everyone was putting together the swingset...kinley found other ways to amuse herself...mainly by playing in a bowl full of sand and pretending to get in her swing that was on the ground.
This is probably the best finished product picture I have:
and Kinley LOVES it!
As if the swing set was not enough, the boys decided to detail a car and hang up outdoor decorations around the house also. Kinley kept saying "Be caful Dada"
All in all, it was a blast and we just want to say THANK YOU to our builders!