Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Last Hoorah!

We wrapped summer up with a bang by our annual trip to Lake Cavanaugh (north of Seattle). What a wonderful (and lucky) tradition this has been for our family. The kids talk about it all year long in anticipation all the fun they will have with their cousins. Again, this year I was extra brave and put on my Supermom Cape and went up a couple of days early with a couple of my sister-in-laws and their kids. The four hour drive went surprisingly well and the kids were so content playing in the water and with their cousins so it made it all worth it.
Chloe's face totally summarizes the utter bliss we all have basking in the sun, being with family, and playing in the water together.
The kids all LOVE going on the wave runners -- Alysee was wishing that I was a crazier driver--we still had lots of fun.
Tyler tried waterskiing for the first time this year. This is as far up as he made it -- next year??!!
Alex was chomping at the bit for Birch to arrive so he could go skiing. He had some great runs.
And some great falls.
Cooper couldn't be happier -- the hot tub is like Christmas to this kid. He lives in it almost all day long.
Nate was a lake maniac this year. He made a lot of strides this year in his swimming and was lovin' all the high dock jumping.
Birch was a happy daddy get his one ski in for the year (okay, so he skied twice this year).
Do you think you get to slalom on clouds in heaven?
Tyler, just happy to be here.
Daddy, Chloe and Alysee had some good tube runs.
When not in the hot tub, Chloe could be found playing in the sand.
Alex, Tyler and the other cousins went on some crazy tube rides.
Nate -- small but mighty!!!
This year we all got to try out the new Catamaran. Birch and the boys had a pretty exciting ride where Alex was ready to bail before he thought they were going to tip. Birch and I and the girls had a much more relaxed sail.
This year it seemed like all the kids were fearless. One afternoon we looked out and four of the kids had all loaded themselves in the canoe and were off on a Huck Finn adventure.

All the girl cousins worked on a little performance that they dedicated to Grannie who wasn't able to come to the lake this year. These girls are so cute and creative.

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BIG NEWS!!! Juje (aka Andrew) got engaged to Erin Fisher the last night we were all together at the lake.
Erin's a keeper! We're excited for their upcoming wedding -- could April 21st just get here a little faster!
Sunday morning after we had all packed, loaded our vans, and cleaned up the cabin we had our own little church service. Birch gave a great short lesson about doing things that are hard. He liked the story of Nephi building a ship with each of us doing hard things in our lives. After the lesson all the kids got to make cucumber boats.
That's a whole lot of boats!
The big release
Sadly, the boats didn't seem to float as well as they do in our backyard canal. Alysee went to rescue her boat and managed to stay fairly dry.

What a great way to finish off the summer! We love our family!

1 comment:

emily a. said...

It does look like such a fun trip. Can I be an adopted Ditto next summer?