Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Rules

We have a few summer rules at our house. The first few entail words that are banished in our household.

*Forbidden words:
Bored~if this slips out of your mouth you will earn the privilege of cleaning the toilet!!
Homework~there is no reason to use this word in the summer. Period!
School~not allowed until the first week of August. Why talk about it, if it doesn't happen for 5 more weeks?

*Also you must hang your pool towel and pick up your room.

*Offering help to me is preferred and I may ask you to change a load laundry or to empty the dishwasher. If I do, then you better do it quickly and with a happy heart. If not, then you may incur the wrath of mean momma!

Enough about rules, let's get to the good stuff! We have had an awesome summer! So many new experiences (for all of us) and great memories. We have met new people and played with old friends, as well.

I was able to meet a bloggy friend. I met Michelle from Emerald Cove. She is a doll and it felt like we were instant friends. I don't want to give away all of the details, YET, but we met at a lake! Our favorite lake. We will both be posting about the experience on Thursday, July 28th. So be sure to check back for that post!

Here are a few things that have been keeping me busy:

early morning workouts~tough for me, a true night owl, but I keep going!
slalom skiing~ I am having a ball with it!!!
coffee~drinking way too much of it!
healthy eating~doing pretty well on most days!
celebrating my girls' summer birthdays~they are lucky to have summer to celebrate!!
Bible study @ the pool~amazing women and a great study!
cooking~making lots of healthy and delicious food
photography~taking a gazillion photos and so grateful for an awesome camera and lens to replace the one that was stolen in December
T.O.W=time on the water...watching my kids wakeboard, driving the boat so my hubby can board, using my paddleboard and cooling off in the lake!
driving kids to & fro~their events like swim, dive, tennis, golf, summer gym etc! and friends houses!
weeding~all of the flower beds, pond and anywhere I see a weed..July is a crazy month for weeds.

I am leaving you with a pic from July 4th. I love the fireworks on the 4th and the tasty food and feeling of summer and patriotism. It is my favorite holiday.

On the left is my son Foster, my daughter Ana is in the middle and our friend Pete is on the right. They have been the finale of our lake's ski show for two years in a row. It is a bit tricky to get up 3 boarders who ride different rope lengths and styles, but we did it again this year. I think the photo shows you how much fun they are having.

I hope you are having a fun summer and that you stay within the rules so you don't have to clean too many toilets or do too much weeding!
Cathy M.


  1. Love your forbidden words list. We have been crazy busy here too. The summer is flying by. It's never felt this fast and furious before.

    We do a ton of water play also, but water skiing is one that we've never attempted. That pic looks wild! :)

    Can't wait to read about your meet-up w/our bloggy friend. Those are so much fun!

  2. Sounds like you guys are having a FUN summer! I'm heading out in a bit to do some weeding, ugh!
    Can't wait to read your post on Thursday!

  3. I love your rules! I might have to incorporate the "no using the word Bored" I hear that way too much! It sounds like you are having a wonderful summer and I LOVE that last pic, how cool is that!!!
    "See" you Thursday!!!!!
    Enjoy your day!

  4. hey there, stranger - i've been anything BUT bored this summer - in fact, it's flown by in a flash and I can't even believe it's late July now!! i've been offline while i enjoy it all, but i sure do miss my bloggy pals - great to see you're having a fabulous summer too ... and i can't wait to read on thursday, what fun ;-)

    ps - what amazing athletes you have - between the diving photo below and this boarding pic, all i can say is WOW!!

  5. I love your rules! The "BORED" word infuriates me! Boys had a friend over who said it and I had to restrain myself. I just walked away. . .

  6. Oh my! I LOVE your rules for summer! I just may have to still that idea. I can't stand to hear mine say that they are bored!

  7. My son (Lucas, 16) and I laughed when we saw the first of your "forbidden" words. It's ours too and has been for many years now. All 3 of my children know that if they mention they're bored, then they're mine to do whatever I need them to do - and it usually involves toilet cleaning!! Certainly learned very quickly that, although they may get bored, they don't whine about it!!!
    Caroline, Calgary


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