"I'm melting! I'm melting!" words from one of my favorite childhood movies about summed it up for us today. How about you? I was just roaming through cyber space when the thunder crashed through my speakers. I jump every time! The weather channel has a up date for us..... It's HOT!! I guess I shouldn't be complaining because as I checked through the US I see there are hotter spots than ours! But after a day of mowing the yard, picking the veggies from the garden, working on the truck hitch and sweating up a storm, we.......went to the creek! Oh!, how the kids love the creek. You can imagine what a sight we are, driving down the gravel road with a load of kids in the back and one large rottweiler with his tongue a mile long, all enjoying the wind and dust in their teeth. As soon as the truck stops, SWOOSH! goes the dog, Rowdy followed by the older 5 kiddos ready to feel the cool water wash away the sweat and grime. Wait, did I write cool? I meant COLD! How could I not have the camera ready!! As the 6 bodies came up gasping, the shock on their faces was just hilarious! It seems the summer heat causes a mild form of amnesia. They had all quickly in their excitement forgotten the creek started underground, underground translates: COLD! Dad and I followed at a slower pace and soon we were all wet and having a great time catching crawdads and tadpoles. Baby Jack sitting in his place on a smooth part of the low water crossing (some would call it a bridge?) with about 2 inches of water moving across his toes, he especially enjoyed letting his pacifier go and watch it float away. Quickly one of his sisters or brothers would make a show of rescuing it and hand it back to be repeated. Laughter rang out and echoed through the trees as cattle munched nearby watching and dragonflies swooped quietly around our heads. It was splish and splash until all was worn out and hungry. We pulled our now "blue" selves out of the water, released the captured creatures escaping from their cups and crawled back into the truck. What fun! Only one thing could make it even better! PIZZA! So on down the dusty road we went, to the pizza get'n place for a pizza party on the tail gate, slurp'n soda and wav'n to the farmers. Life slowed down for us today, and it was goood!
Been to the creek lately? How do you keep cool this summer?
*picture of the kiddos at another creek last summer