Well, this weekend wasn't quite what we had planned, but it worked out just fine in the end. Saturday was our volleyball day at my father-in-law's court. The day when we got to play "real" games (as opposed to family games, which just aren't the same thing) with our volleyball friends. Except that, more and more, people are just busy on Memorial Day weekend. We have friends who camp and travel and have obligations come up, and this year it turned out that, of the 50 people Jeff called, only two could make it to play. One of these being my ex-husband. So, we played five hours of volleyball playing either 3-on-3 or 2-on-2. Not what we had hoped for or planned, but we were able to play.

Today was family day. The day the kids all get to play. It was raining when we woke up, raining when we ate breakfast, raining when the boys left for volleyball practice...you get the idea. By about 10:30 in the morning, here's what our bacyard looked like:


That lake you see behind our garden isn't usually there. It rained so much and so hard that the storm sewers just couldn't handle it. We just had an amazing amount of rain. Around 12:30, the rain stopped, the sky lightened, and we started to feel hopeful. But not for long. Soon enough, it was pouring again. We opted to go to my father-in-law's anyway. As Jeff said, he just couldn't stand to stay home and then watch the sun come out.

The volleyball court was almost completely under water. Last year it was flooded this same weekend and we bailed off most of the water. This year, there was just no point.


It was soooo wet. Luckily, my FIL built a nice big, covered deck, so we hung out under there for a while during the lightning and waited for the sky to clear.


Clear, it did not, but eventually the lightning stopped. Rather than let the day be spoiled by having to crowd up away from the rain, we embraced it. Not like any of us were going to melt! So we splashed...




And played volleyball anyway.


And you know what? It wasn't how we had it planned, but we all had a good time. We were with family, and the kids will remember splashing around this Memorial Day better than they'll remember a lot of "better" days.


  1. I especially loved the pictures of them playing in the rain! =) My kids LOVE playing in the rain... I think because when they were little I used to let them play out in the rain and get all muddy and dirty and they have the best memories... playing in the rain! When did it become "ew" to get wet and play in the rain I ask myself? I can't remember when but it sure looked like a lot of fun was had by all... maybe the next time it rains I'll run outside and get all wet... just for the fun of it!! =)

    By the way... this was great Lemonade!

  2. That looks like a great time! Who cares about the rain anyway :) Sometimes it just makes things more fun. Letting loose and getting dirty when we're not kids anymore is a bit of a guilty pleasure but every once in a while it's just got to happen!

  3. Wow, you people take your volleyball very seriously! I have never played it in the rain -- that looks like fun! :)


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