We all had a blast this weekend! Aunt Colleen came home with her friend Lizzie and we just kept busy from the minute that they arrived. Following a day of swimming in the baby pool, playing on the sand and water table, and running around the back yard, Jack fell asleep that night almost instantaneously. He was wiped out!
Saturday was another busy day with errands, hot weather, and remembrance. Chris and I put Jack down for a nap and took a trip to my father’s grave to plant some flowers and do some weeding. Upon arriving there, I was a little upset to see that there was no flag placed on my father’s grave or on my Uncle Bob’s grave for their service in the military. I started to get angry. How could they just forget to put something on the grave? They both fought for our country and served proudly and there is no flag to indicate that?
I located the groundskeeper who was returning the backhoe from a freshly dug grave and inquired about why there were no flags place on the grave. He explained that the grave markers, the metal flag stands which used to be on the grave, were not there and the servicemen only place a flag for each marker. “One hundred and twenty five of the metal grave markers were recently stolen from the cemetery and the military is the only group that can replace them. I asked for two individual flags to place in the ground instead. He obliged and Chris and I proudly put the flags in the ground at their final resting places. They should be honored, grave marker or no grave marker. Hopefully the military personnel will see the flags and replace the markers that were stolen from the cemetery.
We woke up Sunday morning and went to mass. After mass, it was already beastly hot outside. (Around 90) So, Colleen, Lizzie and I all jumped in the car and headed to Target for a larger pool for the backyard and other fun outside items. Chris and I took this large rectangular pool and filled it up with air at the local convenience mart and drove home with the pool being held onto the roof of the Venza. Totally redneck, but we laughed the whole time and got some interesting stares from many neighbors. 🙂 Needless to say, even though the water was FREEZING, we still enjoyed cooling off and soaking up some rays while enjoying burgers, hot dogs and other cookout-style foods. At night, Grammy offered to babysit so we could all go out together, so once Jack was asleep, we headed to see the Memorial Day fireworks at the casino.
This was the first time that I have ever seen fireworks set to music, and needless to say, it was interesting. We were a little surprised with several of the music choices, but all in all, it was a great time. A beer or two later, following some sightings of people in prom-style dresses (It’s a freaking CASINO people!), we all headed home.
We all went to the Memorial Day parade on Monday morning to honor those who have served and given their lives for this country. Jack loved all of the trucks, especially the fire trucks, and was glad to see all of the children as well. Aunt Colleen and Aunt Lizzie did their auntie duties by chasing down the candy that was being thrown by the people in the parade and filled a few bags of tootsie rolls and peppermints for later. No children were harmed in the chasing of the candy, although they were the oldest two collecting the candy. 😉
Following the parade, we were invited to a cookout and to have a swim in a friend’s pool around the corner. Jack loved the water and was thrilled to be able to splash around with Mommy and Daddy. When we tried to put him in his float though, that is when the tears started. Big fat tears. Maybe the Mommy and Me swim class spoiled him into thinking that each time he is in the pool, he will be held and not in the float.
We left for nap time and I just started packing and prepping everyone for Tuesday. My first day at work, even though I am spending it flying to Chicago, and Jack’s first day at his new school. (Jack’s first day at school will be in a future post)
We remembered those who have fought for us.