Happy Memorial Day!

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." - Ronald Reagan

Every year on this day I can't help but think of my Grandpa. He's my hero. He died when I was 12 years old, and I would give anything to be able to spend time with him today... to hear his stories about World War II again. To hear his life experiences. He was the nicest man you'd ever meet and I'm honored to have had him in my life and to be able to call him Grandpa. He served this great country in World War II and was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart. He wasn't killed in the war obviously, but wounded. I wish he was here to tell me about it.

THANK YOU to those who serve and have served this wonderful country and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. I pray we never take it for granted.

We spent Saturday evening at a cookout at the family farm, which was a much-needed retreat as we spent the day helping my mom move. As in, all of her belongings in 90+ degree heat. It wasn't exactly fun, but at least we had appropriate shirts for the job!


We had way too much good food -- burgers, chicken & pineapple kabobs, BBQ ribs, pork tenderloin AND fresh fish caught straight from the lake... SO GOOD.

Josh and I were in charge of the kabobs... Josh mixed up the marinade... and doubled the recipe (it really didn't seem like enough)... so our kabobs were a little spicey! But still.. grilled chicken & pineapple? YUM!
As our first trip of the season to the farm, the Bostons swore in the summer with a swim!

I'm so proud of them! They both readily jumped in -- not afraid!! AND they even shared the stick. :)

I think it's officially summer!

(well, not according to the calendar, but it's definitely feelin' like it around here... 'tis the season for lake trips, cookouts, and ice cream!!! :))

Happy Summer!