Ranger Robb

We've been enjoying the Labor Day weekend here in Phoenix as it was intended. Eating crappy food and relaxing. We got the supplies on Saturday. The supplies include hot dogs, soda, chips & dip, baked beans, and ice cream. I should point out that we only get turkey dogs, chips & dip, baked beans, and special drinks twice a year. That's it. Twice. Memorial Day and Labor Day. I told Jeremiah all day yesterday that I felt wrong for getting so excited about processed meat. Seriously excited.

Apparently my stomach didn't think the food was as great as I did. I don't think a stomach that is used to fruits and veggies can handle chip dip. Or potato chips, for that matter. Anyway...

SOME people are actually working today, and I'm pretty sure my dad is one of those SOME. My parents are both retired (as are Jeremiah's) but my dad went out and got a job working at the state park. He gets to wear a uniform and everything. Khaki, of course. Park rangers wear khaki. They call him Ranger Robb, which is fun to say. Try it.

We brought my dad dinner once while I was there and he took me on a picture tour of the park. I should mention that I've gone to this park for as long as I can remember. I grew up here.  I should also mention that I got some suweet shots with my SLR, but Jeremiah pointed out that people can lift my shots right off the blog and claim them as their own...so you only get to see the okay pictures and not the great ones. Because I don't know who you are. 'Cause you don't leave comments. Just sayin'.

Anyway, here's my dad, leading the tour...

"So if you look to your right, you'll notice..."
"Emily Brooke, get your ASS away from the nest!"
I saw this gigantic nest. Kind of freaked me out. I'm not entirely sure if it was still being used, but seeing as how I have a horrible tendency to be allergic to all things stingy or bitey, I decided to not stick around.

"Why are you stepping on that?"
I just liked the leaves. It's actually a weed, but I got in trouble a little bit when I smooshed one.

"And if you'll look up...Emily? LOOK UP! I'm trying to show you something!"
Swan feather. So pretty. My mom has pictures of the swan's feathers actually being used in nests by birds, but when we opened the house, there was a mouse that had taken over and jumped out at my dad. He may or may not have jumped back and screamed a little. Or maybe that was me. I have pictures of it, but again...

"Take the picture FAST. I think I heard the mouse coming back for me."
The next house had BABIES in it. I took two very quick pictures and left because babies need their mom and food, and I wasn't either of those things.

Ranger Robb reporting for duty!
Lastly, here's Ranger Robb driving the green thing. Freaking lucky duck, that looks like fun. He also gets a WALKIE TALKIE. I might have stolen borrowed his walkie talkie to talkie in a phoney baloney call. And I might have gotten the walkie talkie taken away from me. Oh, and a truck. He gets to drive a big manly truck around the park. Of course, he has to clean old-fashioned, hole-in-the-ground toilets, so maybe not so lucky.

So what are YOU doing for your long weekend?
This is the part where you hit the little comment button and tell me what you're doing this weekend.


DeAnne said...

I loved this post! This weekend I have been, lazy, did some grilling, and spent time at the pool :)

Emily said...

Thanks! Love that you've been grilling and pooling. Relaxing is wonderful.

Sara P said...

I love reading your blog and I know I hardly every comment and I apologize for that:) I haven't done a whole lot this weekend. Mom was babysitting Madison and Carter over the weekend so I took Tanner and we hung out with them...played in the pool and the bounce house. Otherwise just catching up around the house since I was sick a week ago.

Emily said...

Awe, Sara! I know you read. And thank you so much for doing it. The not-so-subtle hinting was for the strangers. I get so curious as to who is reading!
I'm sorry you were sick. I hope you are feeling better. I'm glad you got to spend time with your family this weekend. Miss you lots. Give Tanner a big hug for me!

Anonymous said...

Aaron and I drove to Georgia to meet our new little nephew--2 weeks old today! He's adorable. We also go to visit with his sister and her husband! What a long drive for such a short visit, but it was worth it! Definitely glad to be back in Ohio though!

Emily said...

Emily, thanks for the comment! That IS a long drive! Sometimes road trips are fun and it sounds like yours was! Always nice to get home though, I agree!

It's on the table said...

We went to my mom's house on the lake to actually spend time enjoying the lake for a change. Alas, it was a little cold, but still got in the last boat ride of the year! Also rearranged the living room. Love doing that!
Nice to hear your dad is having a fun retirement!

Emily said...

So great to hear from you! Glad you were able to get in a boat ride - I miss the water the most living here in AZ. And I LOVE rearranging stuff, too!
Thanks for the comment,