Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Weekend So Far...

Our Memorial Day Weekend so far has been filled with fun, excitement, and some scary moments....let me fill you in!

Let's start with the fun! David and I love the lake! We bought a boat a few years ago and have had a blast with it. I love getting to go to the lake. I really believe we are making great memories out there with our kids.

We have a lil slice of lake property that will hopefully one day have a house on day....

Here is a photo of our lil slice of heaven and our dock:

Our view from the dock

Loaded up and ready to go! We set out Friday for our first run of the boat just to make sure all was working properly. Just the four of us!! Love these moments.

Saturday we headed back out with one of our favorite fams...the Hutchinsons. Here we are about to head down the hill to the boat...
Now, let me start the rest of this story by saying...a lot of mistakes were made. We are big on boat safety, but we are human...
First mistake, loading up 3 kids on a tube that hasn't been used all season. It is a few years old and we should have put and adult on first to test it out.
We didn't.
Looked like fun. The kids were excited, we put them all in life vests and loaded on Sadie, Jefferson, and Maddox. No adult. Bad.
We weren't going to pull them crazy, just a lil ride.
Look how far away they were. They were even further when the boat started. Jefferson started screaming that the tube was filling with water. We told him it was fine, we just need to go faster to get it above water. Mistake.
We tried to go faster.
The tube filled with water. The line snapped. My little tiny 2 year old boy went flying off and so did Jefferson.

I started screaming.
Josh dove in to swim out to the boys.
No one could see Maddox.
We were so far away.
All I could think is that maddox had some how slipped out of his vest and was under water.
And then I will never forget what I saw next.
Jefferson, a little 8 year old boy, had snatched Maddox up and pulled him back to the raft. He was calming a crying Maddox down. Jefferson was calm, cool, collected and saved my sweet baby. Maddox had been face down in the water. Jefferson saved him. He is only 8. He is Madd's angel. Thank you to Jefferson...just look at this sweet boy:

Looking back, we did a lot wrong. It could have turned out much worse. I learned a big lesson and we also had the opportunity to talk to the kids about why those annoying life vests are so very important. We will be extra careful from here on out. I will NEVER put Maddox on without an adult again. But another thank you to Jefferson for acting like an adult and taking charge in a scary situation.

We decided that for the rest of the day we would swim and play....and of course, eat!

Look at these besties having a snack together:

Look at sweet, sweet SJ...brown eyed girl!Can't say enough how much I love this girl!!! She is my very best friend!! Love you Amber!!Daddy and Cruzer!We were able to get Maddox back in the water. It took some serious talking, but I wanted to leave on a good note. I didn't want him to be scared of the water. So Mommy got in and held Maddox in the water for about 5 minutes, then he was ready to get back out. We start swimming lessons on the 21st...

We left the lake early yesterday. Amber and I had plans to meet up with the girls and headed out to watch Sex and the City 2. I know its gotten bad reviews, but I loved it. Then we all headed to Bonefish for dinner and a few cosmos. And dessert:).

When we were leaving Amber mentioned needing to go to Target...I think it was like 9:15. I was game! Love Target. We stayed till they turned the lights off. Fun times!

Today my sister and her family are coming in town. We are heading back to the lake tomorrow with a BRAND NEW tube!! We'll be safe...promise! And y'all be safe this weekend too!


Alissa said...

Oh Amy, I almost had a heart attack just reading this, I can only imagine how you felt. I am glad Maddox braved through it and still loves the water! And thank the good Lord for such a mature thinking Jefferson for being right there :)

Jill said...

My heart stopped while you were telling that story...oh my lordy. We're all guilty of making little mistakes like that, though. Thankfully all turned out ok. What a little hero Jefferson is!

I am soooooo jealous of your lake place! Girl, it is my dream to have a little place on the lake someday. Your land is just gorgeous!

Have a great rest of the weekend!!!

Kimberley said...

Glad he is safe and sound! Don't know what I would've done. Yea for Jefferson! Hope you're able to enjoy the rest of the holiday.

Growing up Gwyneth said...

Hey are you taking swimming lessons in Bella Vista?? Gwyn is going to be in the 3YO class there starting on the 21st. Let me know if that is the class you are going to be in. That would be great if our kids were together and we actually got to spend sometime together!!!!

Michelle said...

Amy, I cried while reading this! So glad that Maddox is ok and that he had his very own guardian angel with him! Like you said, you are human, dont beat yourself up!

Your boys are cutie pies for sure. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Rachel said...

SCARY!! I was telling Shane about it and I started shaking!!! So glad everything was okay and yall still had a great weekend! See you soon love!

Amanda Rooney said...

I can only imagine the panic! So thankful that everyone is safe!

And good job to you to "making" Maddox get back in the water! I'm sure it wasn't easy. But I'm with you - we don't want our kids to be scared of it!

Hope you guys have a safe and relaxing rest of the long weekend!