|Grandma Mary's Backyard|
We packed a picnic lunch and headed over to spend the day with Grandma Mary. The weather was beautiful - perfect for sitting on the patio and catching up.
Yuukie proved her loyalty to the kids, when Nina raced up on Alex - growling. She jumped in between Nina and Alex - complete with her raised fur and beagle growls. Within a few sniffs Nina seemed to remember Alex and was encouraging trips to the river.
We brought the kayak up and the kids were eager to give it a try. I was eager to grab some photos. Michael was eager to have them carry the row boat down the bank.....they had let Stacia sit in the kayak grounded in the sand. I figured she could learn how to zip around in it while they brought the row boat down......but first a photo of her river hairdo for the day. We're going to miss Arielle.
I showed her how to use the paddle and how to balance - not that I've EVER used a kayak before. ::snort:: She did great. I pushed her out and she came back to me several times. She was doing great. We were both fairly proud of our accomplishment when we heard the kids coming back down the bank. Then she got a bit unbalanced. I was laughing so hard I couldn't yell any possibly helpful hints - but I did take photos.
There she Goes!
Eventually, Michael came down and played with the dogs a bit too.
He and I went out in the row boat - its always fun to see how various swim holes, beaches and such are changing each season. Arielle hitched a ride with Stacia - doesn't she look thrilled about it? I took this as a sign the kids were comfortable with Stacia's ability.
Michael instigated a ginormous water fight
Went after the kids on shore too
Alex switched out with Nolan...
Um - preparing to send their brother as a live missile into the battle.
Stacia paddled out to Michael to talk....
She requested, and received, lessons on how to splash with the paddles.
She informs me that Arielle is heavy! LOL
We took the kids back to the campground to clean up and change out of their suits. We picked up Mom G and headed to Crescent City for dinner and a movie. We all enjoyed dinner at The Good Harvest café. Mom G and I were a bit confused with the movie plot, but it certainly kept our attention even from 8:00 - 10:20 p.m. Yes, we did take the kids to see Avengers - no lines at all in Crescent City.
It was a practically perfect day.