Thursday, July 10, 2008

Holiday time!

Day one:

Our week at the lake started in Vernon with my parents and a "test run" on our new boat. We stopped in the middle of the lake for over an hour and just drifted and swam. SO FUN!





NOT so fun....stalling out in the middle of the lake and having to beg some other poor boat load to tug us back to the boat launch which was an hour away. YIKES and thanks anonymous good Samaritans!

Day 2:

We finally got to the lake after spending the day back and forth from Canadian Tire trying to replace parts on the boat and get it running smoothly.
What was wrong you ask? A loose wire which Kristen's hubby found almost immediately once he looked at it. At least we kept the receipt on all the engine stuff:)



and here the kids are...at the lake and ready to get wet! (Actually I think they were already wet at this point but...details...)


reacquainting with our best friends that we haven't seen in way too long!

My Amelia and Kristen's Judah hugging on the dock.....


Maddy and Bella hamming it up...(we pretty much decided these two are cut from the same cloth. Watch out world!)


And this is what happened after the group shot of our 8. Notice Brent running for cover. I think he may even be trying to remove Arabella and Judah from harms way?! Way to go super dad!!!!...



Day Three:

This is the day that Kristen and I thought we'd go into town and buy our food for the week. We filled up a huge cart and spent what we felt was a fairly reasonable amount on food for 12 for a week. We congratulated ourselves on our great frugality. "Wow, what wonders we are", we thought. Oh, you laugh! How long do you think we lasted before having to go for another car load of food?

TWO DAYS! How do small people eat so much?! I had no idea 12 people could eat so many chips in such a short amount of time! (I definitely did my part!)

And the guys and kids? They all loaded into the boat and headed out to Copper Island. I have no pictures evidence of what went on there because on this trip it seemed, you much be female to operate the camera and male to operate the boat.
From the stories they carried back, I understand it's better that way. We did hear that Ryley is quite the cliff jumper and that Amelia randomly jumped off the boat without telling anyone (yikes!). They had a blast though and want to live at the lake forever! (I wonder if this would still be true if we ran out of pop?)

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Okay for those of you that got this far, stay tuned for more tomorrow....

and check out Kristen's Blog for more pics!

9 comments:

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Great shots Shay! I laughed the whole way through this, so cute.
Miss you guys!
Ara now calls the lake house, 'our' other house.

Sniz said...

Great pics, Shay. I've already been to Kristen's blog. I'm jealous. I wish I could have gone with you!!! Were you two friends before you started blogging? I'm so glad you had such a good time!

TTYS - Sniz

Jess said...

This is so cute! I want a fun boat vacation!

LoriD said...

Looks awesome! The scenery - with the lake, the pine trees and the mountains - is just gorgeous!

Emily said...

Beautiful pics. The lake with the mountains in the back ground...beautiful! What fun memories for your kids to have as they grow up!

Klin said...

Looks like great fun. Glad you all had a fun time.

You all have cute kiddos.

Amy said...

Nice pictures! It seems like you had a wonderful vacation. I hope the tranistion back to reality goes well. For me the week after vacation is always tough - maybe its because of all the laundry!!! lol

Lori said...

What fun! Lake living is the best kind of living!! :)

And your kids sound like quite the band of adventurers!

Heather said...

Ah, the lake! My favorite favorite favorite place! When I was a kid, we camped at the lake with a large group of family members twice a month through the summer. Between us all, we had 4 boats to fish from or ski behind or whatever, and ALWAYS- every freaking summer - at least two of them would break down. My uncle's boat was christened "My Allowance," because every spare dime that poor guy got went into fixing that boat here and there. So, I'm just saying, don't feel too bad. Apparently, breaking down is the nature of boats.

Looks like you had a wonderful time though!