Thursday, July 10, 2008

Garner State Park



I have been going to Garner State Park since I was 7 years old. My family has been going for over 50 years! We almost always go over the 4th of July. It is basically a camping version of Dirty Dancing. We stay in cabins and hike, bike, swim in the river, tube, rope swing, play putt putt and hang out in the river all day. Every night there is a dance at the Pavilion which is a haven for teens! (Those were the good ol' days! ;) The kids absolutely love going there. We got back last night and Chase said today that McKinney wasn't as fun and he wanted to go back to Garner.

I did deal with my first "letting go" moment as a mom. I have younger cousins that are all around 11-15 yrs old. (mostly boys) and they were all going bike riding and Gabe came up to me and asked if he could go with them. My first thought was HELL NO! I cant see you at all times...I just said, go ask your dad and he assured me that this was a little independence for Gabe to let him go with the older kids on a bike ride. I admit I was a little apprehensive and eyes a little watery, but I knew he would be fine...he's growing up and that scares me to death! Now I just have to prepare myself for August 25th...first day of Kindergarten!

Nice pic of Shane WORKING on vacation! You can run...but you can't hide!

7 comments:

This Southern Belle said...

I remember you doing this last year--how much fun and what a GREAT tradition! Can we come next year? ;)

Jennalee said...

I've been wondering where you were...rick tried to call shane back over the long weekend...looks like fun...I think we need to check that park out! looks like a ton of fun!

Amy said...

Looks like a fun time!

Katie said...

What a fun place~and ya know Dirty Dancing is my FAVORITE movie of all time!! ;) So glad you were ok with Gabe going out with his cousins!

Hannah said...

I can't believe we missed it again. Hopefully next year.

Naomi said...

At Garner State park...(I'm singing) :) Looks like you guys had a blast!!

Kay Altic said...

your such a great mom friend letting Gabe go...I can only imagine how hard that will be...love you and please tell Shane we said hey...