Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Picnic at the Lake

Charlotte here! Per my idea to go somewhere for the weekend we made a last-minute trip to the lake. After a long day of packing and traveling, we decided to have a simple picnic dinner by the lake. 

We had to walk a ways down to get there, but it was a beautiful trek! Everything was green (and rather wet) and there were flowers everywhere. It was also a wee bit chilly, but not too bad. We had just come down some large stone steps when we saw the most darling bridge ever! 

"Oh wow!" exclaimed Becca, running up and leaning over the edge, "Look at this sweet little creek!"
I was carrying the basket, so I couldn't run, but Kirsten went over to have a look. 
"Isn't this bridge just perfect?" she asked.
"It is!" I agreed.
"Ooh, let's play 'Pooh Sticks!'" Becca ran over and got two sticks. 
If you don't know, 'Pooh Sticks' is a game from the Winnie the Pooh books, which we all read when we were little. To play, you drop two sticks off of a bridge and watch to see which one floats the farthest.

I set the basket down and came over to see the fun. 
"Okay, ready?" Becca asked.
"Ready!" we said, and she dropped the sticks.
"Oh-ho! Mine's winning!" I shouted
"But mine's catching up--oh!--oh, now it's stuck on a rock." laughed Kirsten.
We played a few more rounds, but then Becca said she was hungry, so we continued on down 'til we got to the dock, where we spread our picnic dinner.

"What did you pack for dinner?" Becca asked me.
"Well, I didn't have much time, but we have ham sandwiches, watermelon, and milk."
"Sounds delicious!" she replied
"Mmm-hmm" we concurred. 

It was a perfect evening: there was a slight breeze, the sun was just getting ready to go down, and there were ripples going across the lake. As we ate, a family of ducks swam by and we threw them our crumbs.

"I'm so glad we could come!" said Kirsten.
"So am I," Becca agreed, "this is the perfect weekend get-away!"
"Isn't it?" I exclaimed, "d'you hear that frog? He's so loud!"
He really was very loud, singing his croaky song, and he didn't stop once night came either!
Once we finished, Becca wanted to dangle her legs over the dock, so I packed up the remains and we sat by the edge, dipping our feet in the cool water and singing campfire songs, though of course there wasn't any campfire. But those songs are just fitting for any outdoor occasion, don't you think?

Until next time!
~ Charlotte

Friday, August 15, 2014

At The Pool

Hello Everyone! Wow, I can't believe we haven't posted since the 4th of July. Whoops! Well, it's been a pretty busy summer, and it's also been pretty smoky around here; the fires are really bad, so we haven't gone outside as much.

However, a few days ago we did finally get out to the pool!

It wasn't too hot out, so we stood around in the shallow end, chatting and splashing each other. Well, it was mostly me splashing them, hehe! 
"Well, we have about a month left of summer, so we'd better make sure it's good!" I said.
"I can't believe it's already the middle of August!" exclaimed Kirsten, then added, "Hmm, we'll be going to the beach with Gwen and Megan in September...I'm not sure what else we should do. What do you think, Charlotte?"
"I've been looking into play auditions for myself, so I've got that, but maybe we should go somewhere for the weekend!"
I liked the sound of that, and asked "Ooh, like where?"

"I don't know, but we should look into it!" Charlotte replied, getting out of the pool.
"Hey, d'you think you can just get out of the water like that, without actually getting all the way in?" I said, pulling her back in. As we jokingly struggled, she slipped and fell all the way in! But then she pulled me under. Of course, then Kirsten was the only dry one, but just as we came for her she jumped in on her own so we didn't have a chance.
We chased each other around the pool for a while, but then we were exhausted, so Kirsten and I returned to the shallow end, and Charlotte finally got to leave! 

While Charlotte sat on her towel, us two continued to chat.
"I'd say it's been a pretty successful summer so far," Kirsten said, "I've sewn several doll dresses and I've re-read the entire Chronicles of Narnia!"
"I agree. I've baked a ton, and I've practiced piano every week. That's pretty good!"
Charlotte chimed in, "And I've gotten to learn more about designing and acting! I'd definitely say it's been a great summer."
"And it's not over yet!" I added. 

It was so beautiful out, and there was no reason for us to leave, so we stayed there all afternoon, just relaxing and spending time together. :)

I hope your summer's been as spectacular as mine! 
~ Becca