Friday, July 29, 2011

A Little Vacay...

I've been missin' this little ol' blog! We've had a wonderfully full last three weeks...some time at the lake, a week sans the kiddos, and a week of cousins! Which is way too much for one post. 

The lake trip began because we encouraged Sister to choose to make a memory rather than accumulate more stuff for her seventh birthday. She wanted to go camping as a family.'s really hot here in June. We looked into state parks, but couldn't find what we wanted when we wanted it. Enter VRBO.

We found a great rental on a lake not too far from home. We invited the grands and made it a long weekend. Had we known what Little Man would do, and that he would NOT be able to swim, we would never have planned a trip like this. 

Alas, God is good in all things. It rained almost The. Entire. Time. And it was wonderful.

There would be enough of a break in the rain for the children to run down to the dock and check on their fishing poles...

Little Man caught TWO catfish! But wouldn't get near enough the fish for a picture!

One drizzly afternoon The Engineer took the children down to the "beach" to build a fort. Entertainment for hours.

Later that afternoon we enjoyed a brief respite from the rain.

The children found a stick from a beaver's dam...

Which proved to be the ideal shovel. At least the children said so.

The shore was littered with pebbles and shells, pine straw and sticks.

And here are my favorite peeps in all the world! I love these people!

My fearless Little Man...who now claims he can "run faster than a train and I'm stronger than my daddy, but I'll never jump backwards off a diving board again until I'm five."

Little Bit seems a little fearless herself. She wandered right on out into that lake water...diaper and all.

The last night we played with sparklers.

It was a wonderful vacation! This is the first time we've ever done something like this - where we (The Engineer and I) picked where and when and it wasn't work related. It was a LOT of fun. 

I loved being away from home with my favorite people, and knowing there were no projects, nothing that had to be cleaned out, etc. It was a fantastic break!

Happy Weekend, Y'all!


  1. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! What fun! We've never done a self-directed vacation either, and I'd love to. Sister picked well! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your time away.

  2. Looks so nice! Even the rain to cool things off!

  3. came across your blog! Your photos are wonderful!

  4. looks like you had a fun-filled but relaxing time away! vacays are the best

  5. What a treasure trove of birthday, family goodness!