Memorial Day Weekend

First and foremost I would like to say thank you to all of the brave men and women who give their service and their lives so that we can live in freedom in this great country!

Memorial Day means the start of two things in this family, lake and barbeque!
Olivia was feeling much better from her surgery the day before so we decided to pack up and head to the lake for the weekend as planned.  I pulled out my trusty list that I had made a few days before and began packing...three hours later when everything we owned was crammed in the car we were ready to hit the road!  Even Olivia was excited to see the lake!
This is the face I get when I request a smile now and I kinda dig it ;)

We didn't waste any time getting down to business.  We lathered up with SPF, because a sunburned babe is no fun, and headed to the water!  It was still a little chilly, but it in the blazing heat it felt quite nice.  Olivia was NOT a fan of her life jacket at first.  She screamed bloody murder for a good 5 minutes until we could get her up on a float and get her cheeks wedged out of that thing.  She was pretty content with just floating around after that.  I tried my hand at the yolo board and it was so fun!
The fam :) 

After a few minutes of floating fun Olivia and Ava decided they had enough fun and fell asleep!  I was pretty shocked, but she slept for a good 45 minutes.

After their naps we decided to take them on their first boat ride!
Ava was still a little sleepy so Olivia decided to help her wake up a little...

These two little boogers are hilarious together.  They are going to be besties!  Now that Olivia is walking they really interact a whole lot more.  Ava grabs Olivia's hand and tries to take her everywhere with her...unless she wants one of her toys, then it is each little lady for herself!
They enjoyed the boat ride - and the suckers even more, even though poor Libby tries to eat the stick.

My sweet girl feeling the wind in her hair ;)

The next day we filled up the baby pool and let the girls splash around in there.  They had a ball!  I think they prefer the shallow water... or maybe not having a life jacket smothering them.
Love this sweet little face more than words!!
Oh the curls...maybe she is mine after all :)

We took a little family canoe ride.  Olivia loved it.  Poor Chad was stuck doing all of the work.  I was terrified of tipping over the entire time, but it was so fun!

Olivia reunited with her best friend, Maddy - the pup.  She chased her around all weekend and squealed any time she got near her.  By the way, my child is a real life cookie monster...she shovels them in and more goes on the floor than in her mouth, sorry Nana.  Maddy could smell the cookies and let her get close!

We had such a wonderful time just relaxing and spending time with family and friends.
I can't wait to come to the lake more this summer.  We only made it up once last year because Olivia was so little and there wasn't much for her to do.  Sweet summertime is almost here and we are ready for it!

The weekend would not have been perfect without these two.  My whole world is wrapped up in these two very amazing people and I love them more than I ever thought was possible.  I am so blessed and I hope I never take one single day with them for granted.

Happy Memorial Day!  Let the summer fun begin!!!

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