The rest of us have been trickling in family by family to soak up the lake we all love so much. Two of my brothers have a work conference this week and my sisters’ husbands (as well as Dave) aren’t here until the reunion so us moms have been herding a lot of kids and loving being together up here amidst the chaos.
We have fed the horses…
Gone on lots of walks with kids in tow (looking out for rattlesnakes along the way!)
…and how messy they got!
This is the portion of group #5 who showed up early:
…who have had picnics at the raft any day they can, and who have re-named their “group” a few times. We’ve called them the “princesses” for years, but this year Lucy decided maybe the “dogs” would be a cooler name. I was cracking up when I found this message on my phone:
Well, she talked to them when she arrived, and they decided maybe “puppy princesses” would work.
And since then the name has evolved to the “Uni-bunnies” since they all love unicorns and bunnies so much. We’ll see what the name is by the time we leave 🙂
…with my dad as the coach-extraordinaire.
Not pictured: we have also had some pretty great womens’ doubles matches on that court, have done what seems like ten-gazillion dishes and cooked a lot of food…which I love because these ladies are pretty dang great cooks and I’m learning a lot.
He has assigned older kids to younger kids to help tutor them to learn them all and kind of internalize them. And oh man I adore that man and that he does this. The picture above is from one day right when he got back from taking them on a hike to visit “Single Tree,” a tree that stands alone on the top of a high vista by the lake. The “Grandfather’s Secret” that goes along with that is pretty awesome and they had it pretty wonderfully memorized and thought through when they got home.
Oh man this dad of mine can’t stop himself from teaching and loving and teaching some more and I love it so much!
…and watched the sun set together.
…as we practiced our photo skills.
After our California road trip Grace headed home with Dave to get to cheer camp while the little girls and I came here.
It was a wild fiasco to get her back up here, which could take a day to explain…
…but I’ll just say real quick that she and Dave were on the plane for a couple hours the day before, and went back and forth from the gate to the runway three times trying to figure out if they should really take off or not. They got off the plane once, got re-loaded and on to the runway again only to turn around again.
Finally they cancelled the flight.
So Grace got on the next one the next day (by that time Dave couldn’t come any more because by the time he got up here he’d have to turn around and get back for work meetings) so this time the flight did actually get here, but the scheduled ride to the lake got delayed. Needless to say we were SO excited when she finally arrived!
Can you tell Lucy was excited? Love it. Man we missed that girl of ours!
One of my favorite things at the lake is what’s happening right here:
After dinner we stay put as the commotion of the kids dies down as they leave to go play downstairs and we discuss the world.
Love to hear what is in these minds and how they all interlace and relate and love each other and the world around them.