Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scenes from the Lake: Camping Out

Dada arrived and got the annual camp out in the yard going.

It is so cute to see them so excited, and I was certain no one would get much sleep.

I think the little guys slept, not sure about the Daddy though.

So sweet to see them piled up in there.  I think we need to get a full fledged camping trip in the works for next spring.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Scenes from the Lake: Freddie Skis

Looking a little nervous here, but he had some big talk prior!

I still cannot believe Freddie had any interest in skiing.  But, then again, of course he did since the big guys were doing it and he couldn't be left out.

He tried.  And fell.  And tried and tried again.

He didn't give up.  And honestly that still surprises me.  I didn't realize he was so persistent.

And then finally, he was up!  (And of course I couldn't zoom my camera in or do much of anything but cheer for my baby!)

He didn't last long, and I'm thinking he just dropped the rope as he got too far out from the shore.  I mean he got up, he did it, so there wasn't reason to do anything else, right?

I am beyond proud of his bravery and determination.  He's growing and changing right before my eyes.  I can hardly believe my baby was on skis!  And next year I think he'll be all over the lake talking about dropping a ski I'm sure.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scenes from the Lake: Outdoor Dining

I think hot dogs cooked over the fire are the favorite lake meal.

The s'mores aren't bad either.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dental Visit

Sorry to interrupt the lake scene, but must keep up with my records!

The boys both received glowing reports from the dentist.  I continue to be proud of how well they do at the dentist, sitting still for an entire cleaning.  They also sit still all on their own in the waiting room while I have my appointment.  My ears are on high alert listening for any screaming or crashing, but thankfully we're yet to have any of that!

My report wasn't as good as I have a cracked molar which will eventually need a crown.  I'm waiting to make sure Charlie doesn't have any imperative dental needs which will max out our insurance this year or next before scheduling it.  Hoping Charlie's recent habits of racking up dental bills are a thing of the past!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Scenes from the Lake: 1, 2, 3, Jump!

Although there were LOTS of belly flops, the boys worked on new creative jumps as well as creative names.  THE JUMP of the summer was "The Full Dodger."  Still no idea where Freddie got that name, but I wonder if we'll be seeing more of it.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Scenes from the Lake: Cousin Time

Nothing like having time with cousins.

The boys both look forward to this part of the visit, as do we all.

They learn so much from spending time with each other, although the big take away for the little boys this year was using your armpit to replicate farting noises.  I mean, that was BIG.  Ah, boys.

The older boys helped Freddie and Hans push their limits in all regards, and overall a great learning experience for them for become more independent (and fearless) in the lake.

I love seeing the older boys take on the roles of care takers, revealing the sweetness in each of them.

Thank you, cousins!  We love you.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Scenes from the Lake: Wakeboarding

Teenage cousins are so awesome

All the big boys, including Dada get out on the wakeboard.

Dada even managed to get up on his second try.  Although there was lots of whining in the following days about being soar!

So it wasn't surprising that Freddie wanted to join the party....or was it?!?!  Who is this brave boy getting out there doing all of these things?  I suppose things are different now that he is five!

I didn't want to discourage his enthusiasm and courage, but did want to warn him that the board was way too big.  Did not make a bit of difference.  He wanted to try it, and talked some big talk.

Teenage cousins are really, really awesome

Sure enough he tried it.  And even though he took a face full of water (forgot to tell him to let go of the rope when he was down...Oops!) he tried again.  Perseverance.

He didn't ever get up but has decided he wants to find a board just his size rather than waiting to grow into the boards we already have.  He just may be wake boarding on the lake next summer.  Watch out Pelican Lake!  (And something tells me Hans isn't far off from joining him!)