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Wednesday, September 4, 2013


We spent Labor Day on our son’s pontoon boat.  It had rained, and the temperatures had dropped just enough to make the day bearable.  It was a fabulous way to end the Summer. 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie
Bargain Hunting with Laurie
First, we found some good ways to work up an appetite.


Bargain Hunting with laurie
I had to take these pictures very quickly, because my family was already removing food from the table while I was snapping pictures.


Bargain Hunting with Laurie

At home, I can take pictures while everyone is somewhere else in the house.  On a boat, there is nowhere for everyone to go.  I briefly considered pushing them all overboard, so I could get my pictures, but then I decided I might be putting blogging before family, so I snapped while they ate.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie
We let the ants stay at the picnic, since they delivered our salt and pepper.


Bargain Hunting with Laurie
Bargain Hunting with Laurie
Bargain Hunting with Laurie
All of our food didn’t fit on the little table on the boat, but I’m not going to show you the “seat scape”.  Trust me, it wasn’t a pretty sight. 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie
Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie
Two of our granddaughters decided that Lilly Pads make great sun-brellas, ..

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

and even better sunhats.
Bargain Hunting with Laurie
Our youngest grandson decided that he was the boat captain. Yes, this is the 1.14 pound baby that so many of you prayed for after his birth nine months ago.  Those chubby cheeks are proof that prayers work.  He is a miracle!  (Those are shadows on his check and his right side.  I didn’t want you to think we let him get sunburned.)
Bargain Hunting with Laurie
At the end of a fun day, it was finally time to leave the water, the Lilly pads, and the sun behind, and head back to reality.
Bargain Hunting with Laurie
I am posting some of my favorite inspiration photos on Friday.  I hope you’ll come back to see them.  Thank you for floating along with us today.  laurie


Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

What a wonderful way to spend Labor Day! I especially liked the Lilly pad sun umbrellas!!! The baby is adorable :)

Sarah said...

Your Labor Day was a lot more exciting than ours. We didn't do a thing! Your tablescape is colorful and fun, a perfect for boating. Just looking at the fried chicken makes me hungry, and I've had dinner! Fun to see the grands. You have a beautiful family! ~ Sarah

xinex said...

Oh how fun! We both had patriotic tables, Laurie. I cannot believe your grandson is already 9 months old. Time sure flies and he looks so good! The lily pad shade is a great idea....Christine

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like a fun time and the food looks tummy! Love the pic of Cooper!! :) So glad he is doing so well. The girls look like they were having a fun time - love their lily pad hats. :)

Peggy Thal said...

Such a fun day with your family ! Your grand children are the cutest. Wow! Those lily pads are huge. I bet everyone enjoyed the beautiful table and all the yummy food. Looks like you had a perfect and fun Labor Day.

Unknown said...

Yes, you said it. A perfect day. Thank you for sharing the fun family photos. Love those hats! I'd never know your boat captain came such a long way without you sharing a little of his story. Yes, God answers prayer - so blessed to have this proof! His expression is priceless. Hey, action shots while eating are fun, so I'm glad you opted to keep your family in the boat. I enjoyed this post completely! Oh, and the checked plates are picnic perfect, along with the ants. :-)
His blessings,
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

Diane said...

Laurie, I smiled all the way through this post! What a happy day for you and your family. I have not had breakfast, yet, so that delicious looking food made me very hungry! Loved that line, about your thinking of pushing everyone overboard. I think all of us had have those crazy thoughts, when we are trying to get the perfect photo - lol!!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What fun times and happy memories, Laurie! I love your patriotic decor and those ants marching across the table made me smile.

Susan Freeman said...

What a fun holiday! Glad you could get some pics to share with us. Lovely family. You are so blessed!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Lulu said...

A floating lunch is my absolute favorite, and we've enjoyed many over the last couple of months. My table is generally not so attractive as yours! said...

What a fun day and adorable photos! Your grandson is indeed a miracle, what a blessing! I did so laugh and relate about snapping photos before the food was family is always saying "Wait! Mom has to take a picture!" In fact now they are so well trained they ask me, "Do you want to take a picture of this?" Ha!
LOVED those lily pad hats!

cairncottage said...

Hello, Laurie! Absolutely LOVE your floating lunch idea! We live on a lake and own a pontoon boat, also. This gives so many inspirational ideas! I may have to try doing one, myself before the cold Indiana weather sets in. Never in my life have I ever seen such LARGE lily pad leaves! You must have SUPER-sized plants in Arkansas!! I am now a follower on Bloglovin'!

Ann @ Cairn Cottage

Anonymous said...

This looks so pretty and relaxing...I love it all and wish I was on that boat!

ellen b. said...

Love seeing that little puffy cheek guy! So sweet. PTL!
It's always fun to read your posts, Laurie. Tempted to throw them a chuckle in the morning.

Marigene said...

What a fun way to bring summer to a close. I can't believe that cute little Cooper is 9 months old already! I love the granddaughters' cool sun hats!
Have a great week, Laurie...

Beeutiful by Design said...

Looks like a ton of fun was had by all as we say goodbye to summer. Love the lily pad hats! Jennifer

Bonnie Schulte said...

Husband and I lived on the big Eau Plaine flowage for 30 years, and we did the same thing, with our 3 boys, and some of our neighbors on our pontoon each year.Memories are very special. Times have changed, people have moved on, some are gone...but memories are with us forever...loved your story...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

There's nothing more fun than a pontoon boat! I love that song...Out here in the open, motorboatin'!
Love those big old ants, too! lol

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Laurie, that photo of your grandson is just as precious as he is. Truly a miracle, isn't he? And I love those lilypad hats on the girls! So glad you had a wonderful Labor Day!

Perfectly Printed said...

So much fun to spend a day with family!!!

Jojo said...

That looks like so much fun and I loved all the family action! A seatscape...LOL!!!!!!

Savannah Granny said...

I love your disappearing tablescape. Everything looks so festive. What I really just love is that miracle baby, he is adorable.
BTW, what designer shop carries those beautiful lily pad hats? I gotta have one of those.
Have a blessed Sunday, Ginger

The Tablescaper said...

What a great celebration. I love the lily pads!

Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Dewena said...

That was a nice day! I could almost feel the water and sun. The food looks wonderful and I love seeing Cooper there enjoying himself so much. That glee on his face with the steering wheel in his hands shows he is all boy! God bless him!