4th of July

July 4, 2017 | We always head to the lake for July 4th, and always enjoy some lame beautiful fireworks! This year she really got into the smoke bombs…a LOT. But I even convinced her to hold a few sparklers! We got the boat cleaned/in the water for the first time this season, and brother Bruce even helped! He didn’t want a ride, but we managed to get a couple of rides in. I think E tries to avoid the boat because she knows it always puts her to sleep… 🙂

We did let E swim a bit by herself off the boat, which was both exciting and crazy. Is she old enough for that?! But she loved it! Seriously, when did she get so big. I love watching her swim and jump into the water. Such a great weekend!

And the cell pics from the weekend

Then we returned home, and went to my parents house for a little cook-out. My sister purchased some small fireworks (not legal in our city) and thought she’d be sly and set them off in the backyard. Only the ladybug firework was loud, insane, and flew OVER the houses…even the kids were concerned!! LOL

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2017 | When we first arrived at the lake, we were the only ones there!!  Which never, ever happens. But we got to play with a lot of water (+ a new squirt toy with a Dino on it, of course). The water was incredibly high…so much that you couldn’t even see the Berm that spend so many hours at. After a nice nighttime walk, a tree swing, and throwing rocks from the muddy-bank, we hit the pillow hard to prepare for the next day and lots more family. I had to include the image of D’s BUTT, because he saw me shooting and likes to be an ass… 😉  Sunday we went to church — E goes for the donuts I think — and spent most of the day on Grandma’s deck playing with very cold water and water balloons. The new swan didn’t even make it into the water!

Monday it was sunny and gorgeous, so we made a quick trip to our neighborhood pool.  BRRR it was freezing, but I also remembered when you’re a child temperatures mean virtually nothing when it comes to swimming!

Wine Stroll

April 28, 2017 | I’d heard about this “wine stroll” at the lake, in fact D even did it many years ago when he went to Warsaw without me (pretty sure I had a wedding). We planned to visit Sandy, but the weather was pretty crummy the whole time. Rain and intense hail as I was trying to put E down for a nap…of course. After considering my options I chose to stroll with the other ladies while D stayed back with the kiddo. The downtown area is interesting for sure, and there were various wineries setup inside each of the shops. Including a GYM where a band was playing and people were exercising at the same time…ha! The wine is very sweet — almost like Kool-aid — so it isn’t really my favorite. But after several samplings I ran back for a Elderberry wine that seemed to be nice. Opening that wine at home weeks later would reveal that no, in fact, it is NOT good. But it was still a lot of fun, and I hope to do it again next year! E got a few more 4-wheel rides in, plus marbles of course…

Thanksgiving

November 26, 2016 | It’s tradition that turkey-day with Dave’s family is celebrated the Saturday-after, at the lake. When you have a lovely background of fall trees, I cannot help but pack my camera and snag some family photos. I love seeing E at these events, because there’s so much going on, and she manages to always find Kaylee or Hannah. It’s chaos, but so much FUN. From Maddi’s dog that nobody loves but her (ha!), Scott being goofy on the family tractor, and Sandy with all of her kids doing 80’s poses…it was a blast.

My family celebrated on Sunday, and I managed to snap ONE photo of my Dad reading with E. I should be grounded! We try to take my family photo each Thanksgiving, so I don’t know what happened. Maybe dinner ran late? There not much as far as “background” to work with? There’s NO EXCUSE. Next year…

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And three cell-photos…

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Lake Labor Day

September 4, 2016 | The rest of Labor Day we spent at the lake with family.  This meant we FINALLY got to get in the boat that we worked so hard to clean/prep for the year, and E had some pretty awesome firsts.  She loves being on the lake, on a boat, swimming around the anchored-boats, and jumping from the platforms into the water.  ZERO fear, tons of giggles, and just an awesome experience for all of us.  She basically skipped her nap on this day (a short one on Grandma during the boat ride was enough), and kept everyone laughing the whole time!  During that quick nap, Dave and I took-off on the jetski for a few minutes at 65 MPH.  It’s so fun!  Then as we were slowing coming back to the boats, we saw E was awake again and wanted to ride with us too!  So we put her in the middle and slowly drove around the cove a bit.  She kept yelling at me “Go FASTER mommy!”  Thanks to Susan for snapping some photos with me in them… 🙂  This is also the trip where she was climbing on the front porch, fell off a stool, into giant bushes (as in, we couldn’t even SEE her just heard her kinda-whining), and came out with a huge scratch over her brow.  I swear I can still see a slight mark several months later…!

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4th of July

July 4, 2016 | As with most years, 4th of July is spent at the lake with our family! Fireworks aren’t illegal like they are at home, and I figured this year E would be all excited about them…not to mention we could push her bedtime a little bit. We arrive to find her “cousins” (2nd cousins? We aren’t sure) already having some fun with smoke bombs. Surely E would follow their lead and run through the smoke too?  Not so much…ha!

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But at least when there are other kiddos around, you can paint Grandma’s birdhouses with water, and play chase all around the deck! This was also E’s introduction to Do-A-Dots, which I immediately ordered on Amazon via my phone… 🙂

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Before we knew it we were packing up EVERYTHING (seriously, do we need all that stuff) to see the marina display! This would be E’s first big fireworks show, so we had the ear protection just in case. Both Jamie and I came prepared with all sorts of glowy-blinky stuff that the girls went nuts over. And while I was pushing my camera’s ISO to the max trying to capture their fun K was attempting to Snapchat the craziness. Thanks to Susan for snapping a couple of pics of our family!

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The cousins started their journey home after the fireworks, and we all crashed pretty hard that night. The next day brought clouds & a sleeping house — which means we have to take E out to avoid waking people up! Why not check out the park and local bridge? Cell-photos here.

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Then during nap, we had the super-un-fun job of cleaning the boat! Afterward we discovered that the slip was broken, so ultimately left it in the shed. BOO!

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There are no photos of this happening, but post-nap E was painting with water, tripped over her bowl, and fell face-first into Grandma’s iron bird feeder. It was a doozy — blood everywhere, but Susan gave her a quick check-up and some ice. I do have some photos of the fat lip though!

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That night there were a few more fireworks to set off, including K’s favorite the tiara 🙂

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And what trip to the lake is complete without some swimming. We were so happy that our last day the sun came out and it was actually warm enough to swim. This Summer E really progressed on the swimming-front, and of course doesn’t want any of your help… 🙂 She even yelled at me from the water “I’m swimming!” and kept pretending to be Dory with Grandma. I’m so thrilled that she loves the water!

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PHEW — I made it through all of the images!  This was a big/long post that I’ve been avoiding, and now that it’s done I can get through and caught up to September… 🙂

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Memorial Day at the Lake!

May 27, 2016 | Our great friends invited us to their lake house again for Memorial Day weekend, and we jumped at the opportunity.  As our E-girls are getting older they are having MORE fun together (with the occasional toy-snatch, mostly by our kid), and it’s just amazing to watch.  We arrived and mostly just snacked & hung out on their deck.

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After breakfast, it was time to introduce the girls to water balloons.  It was pretty darn awesome.  They caught on pretty quick, and while M filled the balloons D helped with the hose.  That sounds way more scandalous than it is.  He also assisted when M needed a beverage… 🙂

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I found these floaties at Target, and they were a big hit with the girls.  There was a lot of “RAWR!” and running/jumping/marching around.  Followed by trying to hide from the paparazzi (aka; wearin’ some shades).

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The next morning I brought out the finger-paints and paper.  Diaper-only for this activity, and they were so focused!  And loved looking at all of the colors on their hands/feet.  Their E won for the most colorful legs at the end of their creation, then it was time for clean-up.  I think that our E was still playing while M spent about 10-solid-minutes trying to convince his daughter that it was ok to get some of the hose water on her feet.  Just to clean her up.  She was NOT having it…suddenly our child bursts over there and runs through the water like this happens daily.  It was crazy!  It didn’t take long for her BFF to follow-suit, and I took about 100 photos of it.  You can almost hear them laughing in that water spray!

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Baby N just smiled at this crazy pair, and the weekend was so much fun.  Kids at the lake is a different beast for sure, but I love being a part of all the “firsts” and fun!

Some phone-pics too:
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