We are so blessed to live in an area where there are so many great family friendly places you can go for the day. One of our favorite places to go in the summer is the lake and there are several close by that we can choose from but DeGray Lake State Park is our favorite lake to spend our day swimming at the beach. They have shaded picnic tables, grills, and a nice swim beach. The water is pretty warm and is very clear (my pictures don't do it justice.)
Last night I made Oven Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, and Chelsea made Chocolate Chip Cookies to take with us. We added some chips, bottled water, and juice boxes to the cooler and we were all set for lunch. It was so nice not to spend time cooking the food on the grill there and have an option other than sandwiches.
The weather was absolutely perfect! Only 93 degrees and partly cloudy skies made it much more enjoyable than having the sun blazing down on us (believe me 93 feels cool when it has been over 100 for weeks.) It was Emelia's first time swimming and she was neither excited or upset about it, just very interested in what was going on. Anthony and Christian were like little fish, but next time I will make them wear life jackets. They think they are bigger than they are and kept wandering a little farther out than I liked. Nick, Alex, and Chelsea had a great time playing football with their daddy. Lily loved playing with the beach ball and squashing the sand castles I made for her.