It also happened to be my parents' 34th Wedding Anniversary! Aren't they awesome? Check out Carvel's iconic "Fudgie the Whale" cake :)
We got to enjoy the "first weekend of Summer" with a bunch of perfect summertime activities. Look! A tiny (and overweight) chihuahua named Carlos shaking off his bath.
My parents gave me this wooden swing for my 16th birthday. Here are Chuck #1 and Chuck #2 enjoying the afternoon:
Little dude (Chuck #3) was pretty hilarious for his first Slip 'n' Slide experience.
He wasn't into the whole diving-onto-your-belly thing, despite many demonstrations from his mother & Uncle Justin. Instead, he would slide down on his butt, run through it, crawl under it, and drink it. I don't think he missed out... he loved it! As a matter of fact, around 8pm that night, he was asking if he could get back in it. Amazing how kids don't mind that freezing cold hose water!!
He was not a happy camper!
Luckily, my family comes from a long line of nature (and turtle) lovers. They have literally spent generations working to protect and preserve this pond and the animals in it. After a few minutes of drama, they were able to get the hook out of the turtle's mouth and set him free again to swim.
This old dinosaur turtle reminded me of the movie Finding Nemo, where the young fish wants to know how long a sea turtle can live. How old do you think this guy is?!
PS -- I borrowed the turtle pictures from the Long Island Frog Blog, written by my dad :)