For the last 12+ years we have spent Labor Day weekend with my family in the NC mountains, celebrating the end of summer. A few years ago my parents started a new tradition with their friends at the beach. With my brother enjoying married life and my parents at the beach we found ourselves looking for a new way to celebrate the long weekend. We decided to use the opportunity to share the mountain experience with friends and make new memories. For the past three years we've had three different families join us. It has been a fun way to practice hospitality and give our kids a new kind of memory to cherish.
Best decision ever.
It was old, but well maintained. The balls were wobbly, but hey, at $2 per game we didn't complain. The kids thought it was the best thing since sliced bread, once we put up the bumpers.
After cleaning out the local Dollar Tree's glow stick supply we were ready for some evening fun.
We got parents-of-the-year award when we allowed the kids to stay up late and roll down the mountain in the dark with glow goggles/wands/swords. I'm sure the dinner party next door enjoyed the light show, complete with shrieks of laughter.
No trip to the mountains would be complete without a hike. This time our hike was a quick one due to flying ants that decided they owned the top of the mountain. We graciously surrendered to their authority.
I never made it to the river, which is my FAVORITE place to be. I'm sad that I allowed the summer to slip by without getting in the kayak, but plans change and I think we made the best of it. I'm so thankful for the chance to enjoy God's creation, especially the hilly part! :)