Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Lifetime's Not Too Long to Live as Friends

I have been on a little break from blogging because of a very busy and fun week. 
On Wednesday I went over to the lake to take groceries and supplies 
for our second annual POW Weekend. 
Six of us who attended high school together 
gave ourselves that name last year when 
we celebrated our 50th birthday collectively in April. 
It stands for Pearls Of Wisdom, and we figure we have earned a few over the years.

This weekend was the first anniversary celebration of our 50th birthdays, 
and we all gathered at the lake house for good food, fellowship, and lots and lots of laughter.
What was that guy's last name?

On Thursday, we grilled chicken and Jan's Famous Grilled Veggies. 
Quite yummy!

Ann, Mary, Debbie, and Jan enjoying a little pre-dinner snack on the deck.

Friday morning, Jan and I were up early enough to see these five deer in the yard next door.

There were two does and three fawns, and the fawns 
were romping and playing just like puppies. So cute!

Last year, we got necklaces with a tag that says 
"Celebrate", a disk with a "50", and a pearl (thus, "Pearls Of Wisdom"). 
This year, we added a pearl and a sun to remind us of the fun in the sun we shared at the lake. 
Amy was able to join us after work on Friday, 
and we added our new charms after an enjoyable game of Bananagrams.

Mary cooked breakfast on Saturday morning, and we loved her quiche.
Just ignore the wine bottles in the background.

Quiche, fruit, and morning beverages on the deck made a perfect start to the day. 
Mary, Amy, Ann, Jan, and Deb.

Saturday afternoon, it was time for a boat ride. 
I don't drive the boat much. It seems like there is always 
someone willing and able to drive it, and I would rather take pictures or hold a grandchild. 
So Wednesday afternoon while I was getting the house ready for the weekend, 
Jennifer came and gave me a little boat driving refresher course. 
My friends gave me an A in boat driving, and wanted to be sure 
Jennifer knows that her teaching was successful. 
(Glad they didn't see my practice runs.)

Jan and Debbie.



We got down to the cove at the other end of the lake, and these yayhoos jumped out of the boat. 
No anchor in the speed boat, so I was hoping 
1. that we didn't float away 
2. that we didn't float into another boat, and 
3. that the boat would start up again when it was time to go.

They even tried some water ballet.



Ann and I watched from the boat.

Amy, Jan, and Mary back on the boat.

Toes in the water. Toes in the boat.

Heading back to the house.

This house is down in the south cove, and we're pretty sure we should be friends with them. 
We'd like to hear the story behind the two totem pole statue thingys.

Back at our dock, we did some floating. We don't have nearly as many photos 
as we took last year, because we implemented a "no photos in swimsuits" rule.
(Unless we were mostly underwater or wearing a coverup.)
I'm sure you get the picture. Or actually, you don't. :)

And look! We even got Ann in the water.
We were all quite brave this weekend. Deb and Ann swam in a lake,
Jan jumped off the high dock,
Mary (the gymnast) did a flip off the trampoline,
and Amy and I, well, I guess we supervised.

Jan, the grillmaster, cooked up another round of her Famous Grilled Veggies.

After dinner, we had a POW Taboo rematch: the three oldest vs. the three youngest.
I'd tell you who won, but I, um, can't remember.
You know how it is when you get old.

Deb and Jan liked looking at the pictures of Amy's niece's awesome wedding on Amy's iPad.
It was about 2 in the morning.
Way too late for old folks. :)

Mary thought so too.

Amy was showing Ann her latest Words With Friends move against Larry.
Was he up at 2 am too??

Sunday morning we all posed on the dock for a group shot before heading home.
It was a great time with great friends.
Looking forward to next year!
And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends
~Michael W. Smith

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