I took the day off today so I could hit up the outlet mall and get some new fall/winter clothes for Reagan. The plan was to head there right away in the morning, but while I was enjoying my cup of coffee, I pulled up their website to check on hours. Good thing I did, they don’t open until 10 am, ha, #shoppingfail! Funny story, whenever Lloyd or I make a dumb parenting mistake, we tell Reagan #mamafail or #daddyfail. Now she’s started saying it herself! I was driving her home from daycare the other day and can’t even remember what it was now that I said to her, but I hear her say from the backseat “mama fail.” Ha ha, she tends to forget the hashtag :).
Blogger fail is more like it. I’ve been so neglectful lately, I figured a little late summer recap was the perfect way to use up this free time I’ve ended up with this morning. Our weekends have included a lot of lake time of course since our weekend weather has been amazing! Labor Day weekend our neighbors let us take their paddle boards out for a spin. I’ve wanted to try paddle boarding forever, so I was so excited when I saw the neighbors using them and they offered to let us give them a try.
I have a feeling that Minnesota paddle boarding is a little different than say, Hawaii paddle boarding, if ya know what I mean ;), but it was still so much fun. I actually felt really stable on the board and did not fall off. Lloyd had one really close call that had me laughing hysterically which just about knocked off my balance. That would have made a fantastic video if it had happened.
In other lake recreation news, the cabin got kayaks!
Reagan tested them out first to make sure it was cool with her ;). We tested them out last weekend, but it was kinda chilly and windy. My assessment is that there is a little bit of a learning curve involved with kayaking. I ended up with a lot of water on my lap. There is cover like a skirt that goes around the hole that you sit in, but it can only do so much. My paddling technique is lacking at this point. I think the waves from the wind had a lot to do with it, but I had a tendency to bring water up on my paddle and deposit it on my lap when I went to dip in on the other side :). We need to head over to the lake on a nice calm evening and give it try under gentle conditions while we are learning.
Did I tell you guys that we got a bike trailer?
Remember those parenting fails I described earlier? Here is a good example of that. The internet safety police will see this and find it appalling that we are biking without helmets. I know, I agree. Here’s what happened. With the exception of the ride Lloyd and I went on earlier this summer just the two of us, neither one of us had ridden a bike in probably 10-15 years, no joke. This takes us back to high school and college days when safety wasn’t exactly on the forefront of our minds. To be perfectly honest, I’ve never owned a bike helmet before. I grew up on a farm and no one wore helmets riding around the farm. So when we set out for our first family ride, we kind of forgot about helmets. Until we saw other people out on their bikes and all were wearing helmets, #parentingfail. In case you are concerned, all three of us now own bike helmets and wear them every time :).
Quick little preview for you before I head out for my day o fun, aka shopping. The DIY bug has hit me in a big way this summer. I found something online that I quickly became obsessed with, but wasn’t excited about the price tag. So after a little Googleing, I found out I could actually make it myself with a little manpower and a LOT of patience. A complete tutorial will follow when I’m finished, but see if you can figure out what I have planned ;)
Have an amazing Thursday everyone!