By Monday we were ready for a traditional family cookout. We did the basic hamburgers and hot dogs, but we were blessed to be able to pick our first mess of squash and green tomatoes just in time for our cookout.
|I fried these babies up|
|After slicing lengthwise, I drizzled with olive oil, salt & pepper and then grilled them to perfection! Some of the best squash I've ever eaten.|
As you can see, fun was had by all.....but we did have one uninvited guest....
|After determining he was a king snake, we decided to let him go about his business of keeping the poisonous snakes away.|
After lunch, Ezra and I took the kids and our 2 nieces down to the pond for a swim. Trust me, this is a rare occurrence around here (which I have never taken part in), but the kids were so excited. My official job was to stand on the dock and watch kids bobbing in the water and help them over the rail to the ladder leading into the water....as well as taking pictures.
|My husband demonstrating the proper way to enter the water....|
|Like father, like son....almost.|
|Demonstrating the proper dive technique|
|Attempting the proper dive technique...more like a belly flop|
|Treading water with a 3 year old attached to his neck|
|Look Mom....no hands!|
After the kids had their fill of pond water (and Ezra was exhausted from treading water for 1 1/2 hours), we headed back to the house and got to work in the garden. We planted the okra and pumpkin seeds, completing our garden. Below are a few pictures of the garden thus far....
|Cantaloupe and Watermelon|
|Stand of corn|
|20 hills of squash x 5 plants per hill = LOTS of squash this summer!|
|Tomato plants just starting to put out green tomatoes|
Despite the hard work involved, the garden has become one of my favorite things about living out in the country. And as the kids are getting older, some of that hard work is being passed off to the younger generation. :) I don't think I had ever even eaten squash until I met Ezra (seriously), and now it is one of my favorite vegetables. Every time I walk through the produce aisle at the grocery store, I am reminded of how blessed we are to be able to grow so many of our own vegetables.
I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holiday weekend with their family as well as take time to remember our fallen soldiers and the reason why so many of us are able to enjoy a 3-day weekend every May.