Basically, the boat races is my childhood. I'm 34 years old and I've attended the boat races for 33 years of my life. (There was that ONE time I thought it would it be best to skip the event...totally didn't turn out so well.) See, my mom grew up in the house on Riverhaven basically her whole life, and then she and my dad moved kittycorner (approx. 11/18th of a mile from Riverhaven) which was my childhood home from 13 years on, 'til I moved out into adulthood. Then my sister and her husband bought said childhood home which they totally remodeled and which they turned my room into their twins' room...pssshhhhh. Anyway. Just like my cousin married my husband's brother...we like to keep it all in the family 'round here.
This annual event came on the heels of Seth and Jaianne's wedding...they aren't taking their honeymoon until winter, and so many of the people I hung out with I had met at their wedding. So many people that I just absolutely fell in love with! Which I believe, is just a testament to our amazing family. Anyone we bring in, or hang out with or love and spend time with...all amazing. All super kind and friendly and loving and real and true...basically, my kind of people.
For the past few years, my mom has taken my kids away for the entire weekend. Kind of to give me and Rob a weekend to ourselves, probably also kind of because my mom values the safety of her grandchildren, but still...a nice gesture. And usually, we gather up the crew and take the boat out for the weekend, but wouldn't you know, our boat got busted and it hung out in the shop all weekend. (No worries, it will be back and running this weekend for the big Smith family reunion at Lake Roosevelt.)
Even though I didn't get to do my ushe, it turned out to be a pretty awesome weekend. I got to hang out with my sisters and their kids, my amazing friends and family and cousins and aunts and uncles and it was seriously so much fun! And then we had a massive game night of Pictionary at my house, which included quad rides and late night firepit talks and neighbors coming over and deep convos about book series and so. many. laughs!
I loved this weekend. I always love this weekend. I always look forward to this weekend and probably always will. I mean, let's be honest here...Rob is 50 and kept up with the 20-somes like no ones biz. And kicked ass at the bean bag game. And was completely inappropriate the entire time talking about cats and stuff. Still.
It was a weekend to remember.
That I just kinda remember.