Camping, Boats, and Lots of Swimming

The boys with Papa Joe

The boys with Papa Joe

A few years ago while we were at Papa Joe and Brenda’s house the twins and Jack got in Papa Joe’s boat to play and a promise was made that if we came for a longer time we could take out the boat. It was a promise they remembered through our move to Minnesota and back. There has also been a desire to do some camping. So the middle of July we headed off to Papa Joe and Brenda’s house in Lineville for a bit of both.

We were greeted with lunch with my favorite meal at their house–fried fish and fries and hush puppies caught and cooked by Papa Joe and Brenda. We set up the tents in the back yard (a big one for the boys and a small one for Adam and I to share in hopes that I would sleep better without children laying on me) and then got dressed and headed for the lake.  Brenda’s brother has a beautiful house on the lake. Papa Joe put in the boat and drove a couple of the boys to the lake house where we met up with them. The water was perfect and we saw almost no one. We enjoyed lots of swimming and a tour of the lake on the boat. Papa Joe showed us power lines he carried across the lake and helped put up when he worked for Alabama Power. We headed home in time to eat, roast marshmallows, and watch the Home Run Derby before heading out to our tents for the night.

The next day after breakfast we headed back out for a full day in the water. We did more swimming and boating and also took out a canoe. My first initiation to the water was when the ball immediately got away from the boys and caught in the current. It took my hardest swimming to catch up with it. We had a picnic lunch and got to explore the beautiful house. The boys loved it. In no time they had decided which room they would each have and asked we could live there. We headed back to the house in the evening and because the weather was forecasting storms decided to go ahead and take down the tents and sleep inside. (I was not at all sad to sleep in an air-conditioned room in a real bed. I love the idea of camping–just not the actual sleeping on the ground part.) It was a good decision because it poured. We made beds in the living room for the boys and sat down to watch the All Star game. Much to Jack’s dismay the next day, all of the boys were asleep by the 3rd inning. I made it to the 8th before falling asleep. Adam managed to see it through to the end and give us the report.

As always, before we headed out, Papa Joe took the boys on a tractor ride.

Brenda and Papa Joe

Brenda and Papa Joe

Isaac, still with the frog towel my sister made him years ago.

Isaac, still with the frog towel my sister made him years ago.

Swimming!

Swimming!

Sebastian

Sebastian

The boys first canoe ride, some with me...

The boys first canoe ride, some with me…

some with Adam.

some with Adam.

Isaac and Stephen

Isaac and Stephen

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Jack

Jack

Gabriel

Gabriel

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Tractor Riding with Papa Joe

Tractor Riding with Papa Joe

Gabriel and Papa Joe

Gabriel and Papa Joe

IMG_2970We had such a wonderful time. I shared the boys sentiment of wanting to stay.

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About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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