Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day at Rankin Lake

Since we didn't go out of town for Memorial Day Weekend, our family decided to take a short trip (10 minutes) to nearby Rankin Lake for a picnic. When we got there, Cava shouted out from the backseat, "I been here!" He remembered that this was the park we came to with David and Shane Fogarty shortly after he arrived in America (written about in the blog entry Becoming Brothers on January 22). In fact, Cava had only been here 3 days when we took him here for the first time.

As much as the boys wanted to play right away, the first thing we did was find a table and eat our sandwiches, chips and fresh strawberries from the local farmer's market.

As we ate, we talked about all the things Cava has done and seen, as well as what he's learned, since he got here just a little over 4 months ago. Cava also let us know that his friend Bofan at school really likes the Cheddar and Sour Cream Chips we had.

The boys devoured their food quickly so that they could run down the hill to the playground.

Of course they really got excited when we told them we were going to go out on Rankin Lake in paddle-boats. Needless to say, the boys ran up ahead yelling, "Hurry up! Come on! All the good boats will be gone!"

Cava wanted "Mommy" to ride in a boat with him and Benjamin picked me, so I went in to pay for our boats. The guy working the counter told me, "$5 for half hour or $10 for an hour." "Two boats for half hour, 'cause I doubt they'll even paddle for that long." 

Then we put on our sunscreen, our life-jackets, and got in our boats. What I didn't know was that it was not only Cava's first time on a paddle-boat, it was Danelle's. You wouldn't know it to see them (mostly Danelle) paddling.

Benjamin and I had a blast, too. Although, I did hear the complaint more than once, "Do you have to take sooooo many pictures?"

"Yes," I replied, "I'm capturing memories. One day you'll appreciate it."

Twenty minutes later, we were back at the docks comparing sweat stains on the back of our shirts. 

But the fun wasn't over, because, on the way back to the car, we let the boys play in a creek.

What I loved most was how much Benjamin and Cava were loving brothers. They enjoyed playing together and there wasn't the bickering and arguments that so often go on between siblings. When we went to this park for the first time with the Fogartys, I wrote about how Benjamin and Cava were becoming brothers and now, four months later, they really were.


  1. Glad to see you guys are having a fun weekend as a family! So sweet seeing Benjamin and Cava as loving brothers.

  2. this is very exciting! I love that picture where Cava is hiding behind his big brother.

    btw, I was trying to read this blog entry you've mentioned, "Becoming Brothers", and for some reason I've got this message: "Your current account (here comes my account) does not have access to view this page." :(

  3. Watching Cava's progress is amazing! his smiles are so big and genuine now. I know you have had a very rocky transition, but it really looks like he's figuring out this family thing! You guys are doing such an amazing job being loving and's obviously paying off.

  4. This was a fantastic weekend to be at the lake!! We were at our local lake as well. Looks like you guys had a great time. :)

  5. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to post your kind comments.