Every summer I like to do at least one post of our lake play days. We usually have a couple each summer. I had mentioned in a previous post, that I have been really bad about taking my camera out this summer. A couple of weekends ago we had a birthday party here for my Dad and sister and I remembered to take the camera out. It may not be the most interesting post for all of you, as the kids and memories aren’t yours, but I love looking back at posts like this and remembering when . . . . . . So this post may be just for me, but go ahead and look if you would like.
Kids always love to play on the dock – or should I say “run” on the dock. It’s a good thing they are partially padded and the dock surface is rough.
There was swimming with Daddy. I hadn’t seen this little guy for a couple of weeks and all of a sudden he is swimming like a fish.
There is also kayaking with Grandpa. Or Papa or Bumpa, depending on which kid is along for the ride.
It was an important day for this little gal, as she learned to jump off the dock and swim to the lader (with some assistance from Joel, though she insisted that she do it by herself).
This little guy wanted to give it a try too. If his big sister could do it, so could he. He insisted that “Jewey” hold his hands at first, as you can see he is a little hesitant. Maybe worried is the more appropriate term.
Before we knew it he was jumping off the dock and even going underwater. I thought that was pretty brave for a 21 month old. He was having so much fun. You can just see it on his face.
The older kids were more interested in being launched up into the air.
I thought this looked rather painful, but they kept asking for more.
When they grew tired of swimming, they wanted to drive uncle Joey’s fishing boat. It always makes me a bit nervous, kind of like when the kids want to play in my sewing studio. Joel’s fishing boat is full of hooks, fishing poles, and more hooks, just as my sewing room is full of pins, rotary cutters, and scissors. No kids were harmed or hooked though . . .
We also went for a few tube rides.
We stacked four in the tube for this ride
Just the two girls this time. I was happy to get Addi (the littlest one) out again, as last time a huge wave came over the tube and she went under water. For two weeks, all we (and everyone she met) heard about the big wave. She held on for dear life this time and didn’t get hit with any big waves.
We did all this in two hours, as it was over 100 degrees and the adults wanted to go inside to the air conditioning. This summer has been horribly hot and humid to the point where it is so humid it feels like you are trying to breathe with a large weight on your chest and a mask over your mouth. The kids don’t even seem to notice the heat and humidity, so when we told the kids it was time to go in and nap, there were a few tears. I had to smile, cause I hope that means she likes it here . . .
Speaking of the weather, August has been better so far. Yesterday and today were so beautiful that I took my sewing machine outside to start a new project. I have my quilt top almost finished. If the weather holds and the wind doesn’t pick up, I should have it done by tonight.
It’s been wonderful to finally open up the windows and sit on the deck. In fact, I may have to start another project tomorrow so I can enjoy it a little longer!