Man, the 4th of July falling on a Wednesday really messed me up this week. Did it anyone else? Not only have my days been mixed up but it just felt strange all around. We weren't sure whether to go to the lake the weekend before or the weekend after. Should Mr. Mayer take Monday and Tuesday off work or Thursday and Friday? We decided on Thursday and Friday. Mr. Mayer got off work early on Tuesday and off we went. Tuesday night there was a huge fireworks show down at Duck Creek. We've gone a few times in the boat. It is CRAZY business down there. You can see the show pretty well from the opening of the cove we stay in. Diva was set on seeing fireworks on Tuesday night. All she had to say was "pretty please" and her Daddy hooked up the lights on the boat and we were watching fireworks. After about 20 minutes she lost interest and was ready to go back and go to bed. I wasn't disappointed. I was a little tired myself. Wednesday we
suckered convinced Nana and Papa to watch the Dudes and we took Diva out on the lake. We went to a place we used to go to a lot. I hadn't been there in a a long time. It took Diva about 5 minutes to warm up and she was jumping off the back of the boat like a champ. She was excited to show us her newly acquired swimming skills. We had a great time hanging out on the boat and floating around. The weather was fantastic. It was sunny and hot. Perfect lake weather. After a few hours we decided that Nana and Papa were probably ready for a break. We make our way back to the house. Mr. Mayer and I decide we would take the Dudes swimming off the dock. He would stay down on the dock with Diva and I would run up (Ha! that's funny since their house sits on top a hill and the dock is at the bottom of the hill~I was not running) and put the Dudes swim suits on them. I walk into the house and Nana is chasing Owen around because he was rearranging her flow blue antiques she had sitting near the front door (*gasp* please don't break those!) and Carter was standing in the middle of the coffee table dancing while Papa was sitting in his chair watching TV. Nana looks at me and smiles as I walk in and says "As you can see we have this under control." Mmmmhmmmm, I can tell. I change the Dudes and we roll down the hill to swim. After about an hour everyone had enough. After dinner and the Dudes went to bed we went out front where Diva and Mr. Mayer started shooting off fireworks. He had taken her earlier in the day and picked out some things. I think it was as fun for him as it was for her. The kid is obsessed with smoke bombs! There were plenty of those. Diva decided that I was her audience and she was going to put on a fireworks "show" for me. After he Dad would light one she would come over and ask me how I liked the show. The next day (Thursday) we came home. It was definitely early to bed that night. By 6:30 all three kids were screaming and crying so much they were getting hives. I had wine by 6:45.
When I am in the mood for comfort food my mind immediately goes to Spaghetti and Meatballs. It has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. My version of the dish consists of jarred sauce and ground beef or frozen meatballs because I didn't know how to make meatballs. Enter Nana Karen. When I was pregnant with Shrek and Donkey there wasn't much I could do the further along I got. Nana Karen would come over about once a week and make dinner and help me with whatever. She was a God send. It was an enormous help. One of the things she would make was Spaghetti and Meatballs. Wow! She made homemade sauce and from scratch meatballs. Every time I eat this dish I am in heaven. Nana Karen is an old school cook. She doesn't measure anything and makes everything from memory. A few weeks ago she found a pasta maker that her and I have been playing with and making homemade pasta. If you have never had homemade pasta it is divine! She came over today to make some pasta. While s