Another fun trip to the Lake.

We’re back from another great trip to the Lake. We closed on the loan on the cabin on Thursday morning… then headed out. It was just David, Dub, the dogs and me and we had a fun day. When we got to the cabin, we found a container full of fresh peanut butter cookies on the kitchen counter (with a note from Carol saying not to forget to return her tupperware). A locksmith came by to change the locks on the cabin and dock. Of course, we had extra keys made for Jim and Carol. The dogs LOVE the cabin and quickly made their “nests” on the screened porch. We don’t let them run loose because there are both foxes and coyotes around there and we’re afraid they might be looking for a “miniature schnauzer snack”. We did take them out on the boat and they did a lot of barking while Dub rode the wakeboard. When we got back to the dock, Dub took them swimming. Although neither of them had been around water, they’re both surprisingly good swimmers.
The grandparents (and Coco) arrived Friday morning and Dub took his grams and gramp over to meet Jim and Carol and show them Jim’s garden. Then we took them out on the boat and had lunch at the Indian Point floating cafe. Friday evening, Jim and Carol came over for dinner. Afterward, Dub surprised us by bringing out the dominos (we didn’t know he’d brought them) so he could teach everyone to play Mexican train dominos. We sat around talking and drinking wine, beer and caffein free Mountain Dew and playing dominos and it was great fun. Jim and Carol are obviously delighted with their new neighbors.
We came home yesterday and have been getting ready for the big eclipse party on our driveway tomorrow (and school starting Tuesday). David and I are ASTOUNDED by how much Dub knows about the eclipse. He’s spent hours and hours reading and studying about it on his i-pad. Of course, Austin and Erik will be here to share the experience. We’re almost exactly in the path of totality so it should be awesome. Dub had wanted to photograph it, but his granddad convinced him to just wear his glasses and watch it… leaving the photography to the professionals.
We’ll be back posting on Tuesday. We LOVED Rick and Keon’s “Friends Friday” post and appreciate Rick’s salvaging the Latinos we thought we’d pre-posted.
Hope you guys all have a wonderful eclipse.

A Saturday visit with some Unrulybois!

Just a quick report on our trip to Springfield for the 4th. We had a wonderful visit with the family – talked a lot about my sister’s upcoming wedding – and, of course, ate tons of food.
Angie’s Mom was included in all the family gatherings and is doing much better these days. On Saturday, she mentioned that she was getting a dog and needed to go to Ava, MO to pick it up. Dub got all excited and wanted to take grams to get the new puppy – so we did. It’s a beautiful little black and white female border collie – just eleven weeks old – and impossibly cute. Grams asked Dub what he thought a good name for the puppy would be. He thought for a minute, smiled and said, “I think she’s Coco.” Just like that. Didn’t bat an eye. Coco. So that’s her name. She rode all the way back to Springfield on his lap.
One other thing about Dub and the 4th. David asked him if he wanted to get some fireworks to celebrate our Country’s birthday. He said, “No. They make too much noise. It scares the pups.” David said, “But the pups are almost a hundred miles away.” Dub said, “Not the Springfield pups.” So we got some sparklers and celebrated the Holiday quietly.