Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend...So Far

So far we've been having an excellent Memorial Day Weekend.  Since we aren't traveling this year, we've spent most of our time at home. 

Yesterday we went on an early morning family bike ride and just barely beat the thundershowers that moved in for the remainder of the day.  Although we arrived home a little wet, we were all in good spirits.  We spent most of the rest of the day catching up on household chores together before heading out to run some errands and hitting up Outback Steakhouse for dinner.

Unfortunately, Zach came down with a mild fever and sore throat last night, reminiscent of Allie's mystery illness from a couple weeks ago, so we decided to stay home from church this morning. 

Ben spent most of the morning attempting to redo one of the gutters on our house in an effort to avoid future water-in-the-basement-crises.  The kids had fun helping him dig a hole in the front yard, cut PVC pipe, and bury the pipe near our gutter.  Now, hopefully, the water coming down from the gutter on the corner of the house will funnel into the PVC pipe and ultimately drain further away from our foundation and not directly into our basement. 

Today was unseasonably HOT for Minnesota:  near 90-degrees!  So, after lunch (and some much needed ibuprofen for Zach) we again decided to break out the blow-up pools and spent the majority of the afternoon out in the backyard.  The only time the kids ventured out of the water was to enjoy some patriotic Popsicles. 

Then, we Ben decided to rustle up a campfire...

...and cook hot dogs (complete with cheese and wrapped in crescent rolls) for dinner.

Although dinner was a hit, dessert was even better:  Campfire Smores!

The inventor of the Reese's PB bar is a genius!

First, we roasted the marshmallows to perfection. 

Then, we indulged!

Olivia has never had a smore before and it was hilarious to watch her inspect every inch of the concoction before diving in.  It came as no surprise to any of us that she managed to find the chocolate buried under the graham cracker and marshmallow and stuffed it into her mouth first!

I think it is safe to say that our Memorial Day Weekend Campfire Dinner was a success!

Now we are inside cooling off while watching a Tinkerbelle movie.  The kids are pretty excited about the fact that they are getting to stay up past their bedtimes. 

Once it gets dark, Ben has one more surprise in store for them.  FIREWORKS!  Not the illegal type, of course.  Mostly, Ben is super excited for July 4 and since our first ever backyard ground fireworks display last year, he has been itching to do it again.  So...when he saw fireworks on sale at the grocery store, he just couldn't resist.  Hopefully the risk of some more thunderstorms doesn't put a damper on his plans!

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