Monday, June 16, 2008

Interesting weekend and a quote to start.....

The quote of the day is brought to you by my friend Rick who has AIDS and has just found out that it is in his brain. The incredible strength he shows and outlook he has is something I grasp onto at times. He is one of the strongest most positive people I know. If you have a moment please say a prayer for him. He left this on my desk today with no reason, and I really needed it! Love ya Rick!

"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy; they just promised it'd be worth it."

Spent the last three days with my Angela at Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham, NH. We almost didn't stay when Angela saw the bear warning First night was awes0me...We had a gorgeous sunset and moon. We srarted a fire and we cooked marshmellows over the fire. Angie and I put up the tent and stuff up in no time and walked around the campground. Saturday started early. We had breakfast over the fire (ok, so we toasted cinnamin toast over our fire). We did start the fire each meal from fire wood and twigs around us. We really did rough it no frill, gas, propane or otherwise. We were at the beach by 7 am and stayed about 2 hours. Then we rented a kayak. Ok, maybe not "we" but her. I got to pay and stay on the shore having hyperventilating fits while she went around a bend and islands where I could not see her. Ok, so I worry shoot me, she is my After a lunch of cold cuts and cool ranch Doritos (yummy), we went back to the beach for about an hour. Ok, so maybe sometimes the teacher/mom takes over and I want to tell people off. I came so close to doing it. This group of boys (the oldest probably being 6 and youngest 3) were near the water. No parents supervising them. First they tried to kill a frog...yes you read right kill a frog. Then they were throwing dirt into the pond. When that wasn't enough they started throwing clumps of grass and dirt. The parents were Hispanic (sometimes I am so embarrassed when the stereotypes of my people are true) and I was about to go tell them off in Spanish when Angela decided she wanted to leave. The best thing was when my kid walked passed them and dropped a clump of grass and dirt that had floated by us next to the kid and parent and said, "I think this is yours...thanks". Got to love my kid ;)

The views were awesome, gorgeous. We had a waterside site, mountains in the distance. The mosquitos were not to bad with the fire, citrenella candles and tiki torches. On Sat. night we cooked hot dogs, baked beans, and pork skewers over the fire. We had cold drinks and potatoe salad in the cooler. We had Smore's again for dessert! It got cold at night but we were prepared for that(multiple sleeping bags). We even thought we were prepared for the rain, but not so much. We sprung a leak when it started to pour at 2am on Sunday morning)yes, we had a tarp over the tent). We were dry with the inflatable matresses, and so wasn't our stuff, but our feet not so much when we tried to get out of bed Sunday morning. Breaking down camp in the rain was messy and cold... We looked like muddy drowned rats! (no pictures of the muddy mess...I was not a happy camper then).

We have lots of pictures but I can not post them til I get home from work today.

Father's Day we celebrated at my brother's house. He is days from being a first time Daddy. Ally his wife and my awesome SIL looks awesome. She really is glowing (oh and thank goodness they provided nice hot showers for Angela and I). I can not wait for this baby to finally be born!!! I am going to be an Auntie again! They are going to be adorable parents! Phil, Kassie and Katerina met Angie and I there since they live between the camping and home. My parents and Ally's parents were there too. We played Wii golf. That was the first time I had ever used a Wii, it was quite fun! We all had a good afternoon together. Happy belated Father's Day to all my father friends :)

Countdown til I get out of school is now 4.5 days. 5.5 days til I get down the Cape! My children are all officially out today!

Finally, loosing anything in life hurts. The only way through it is to remember the good memories, and all the love until the pain subsides. What remains is the good stuff (if you are lucky). Hope you all have fond good memories.

Love ya all!
Pictures will follow!


Mare said...

First of all, I love Rick's quote. It truly puts everything into perspective, doesn't it?

Sounds like you had a fun (and interesting!) weekend. ;)

Although I hate confrontation, I would have felt the need to say something to those boys, too. But I think that your Angela handled it perfectly...what a girl!

Can't wait to see those soggy photos! :)

Judy said...

I love Rick's quote, it means much more knowing his circumstances, huh?

I can so totally see Angie doing that to those boys, I only wish I had been there to see it!!
I'm not too sorry I declined your offer to join you up Saturday night...I don't do "drowned rat" well, besides, I had to work!! Work is such a great excuse!!
Looking forward to more pics than what I got on my phone!

Thia said...

That is a beautiful quote from Rick. My thoughts and prayers are with him.

That stinks about the rain getting into the tent. The rest of the weekend sounded like tons of fun.

You are a brave woman to go camping in a tent. We have a hybrid trailer, that is close to tenting I will get.

We were just talking about how some boys doing stuff like that. Some do and some don't. I am sure it was hard to keep quiet but Angela handled it very well.

Can't wait to see some pictures.

Debbie said...

OMG you slept in a tent! You're a much braver woman than I. My tent sleeping days are way over.

Angela looks so grown up and beautiful. Glad you had a good time. :)