we had a great weekend at my folk’s house over Easter weekend. Saturday was a beautiful day, and we spent a good part of the day helping with yard work. pruning trees, picking up sticks from the yard, and clearing some of the brush along the shoreline at the pond. we also cleared out the brush near the rope swing that a few of us hung up in a tree near the pond probably more than 10 years ago. the swing still works great – all the young boys loved it, and even Luke tested it out!
we’ve never tried to jump off the swing to land in the pond, as we’re not sure it’d reach that well, or if the pond would even be deep enough. but a few of the younger boys thought it’d be fun to test the water in the pond – and several jumped right into the still very cold water. luckily Opa & Oma (Grandpa & Grandma) have a hot tub that helped get the boys warmed back up after the pond jumping.
Sunday was a beautiful day, too – we went to church in the morning, and then visited with my grandparents for a short bit right after church. the afternoon was spent playing outside, then a great Easter dinner, followed by the usual Easter egg hunt around the yard.
over the weekend, I walked around the yard a bit, and snapped a few pictures of the scenery around the ponds in my parent’s yard – a weeping willow starting to bud, reflected in the pond:
and the cascading waterfall from the smaller water ponds that my brothers built into the nearby hill – water is pumped up into the upper pond, and it waterfalls down to 2 more small ponds before dumping back into the big main pond.
we also got the Sunfish down from my dad’s barn, where I had been storing it during the winter, and I trailered it home tonight. it’s still a bit too cold around here for me to sail, but I’m going to try to get some work done on it – maybe a leak test, and some trailer upgrades.