We were traveling Sunday and I happened to have a camera so I snapped a pic:
|This is the most perfect name ever for a boat, in my opinion.|
|Robert was in the car with me. . .he offered to take these pictures|
Our destination :) Thomas and his friend Edward went out on the new dock to get close to the water before the boat and the others showed up. We got there about 12:30. . .it would never be this dead on a Saturday in the summer! The kids also noticed how low the lake was compared to earlier this summer:
This picture was taken on our first outing this year. . .you can see how the bases of the trees were under water.
We made a quick stop at the marina to use the restroom and feed the turtles. . .
This is Thomas (on right) with his friend Edward. . .I think it's great that two 7th grade boys let me take their picture!
I had to jump a little ahead in our day to find a picture of Frederick but here it is! (BTW, Tom cut that mop off his head the next day -- yea.)Robert and Edward headed out on the tube. . .
Looking mighty relaxed, huh?
Somehow, Thomas always managed to stay on. . .unfortunately for Edward, he didn't fare as well. He was one cold boy when he climbed back on to the boat!
|The smiles, the pure joy. . .priceless|
The girls went out on the tube together too.
Of course, their instructions were clear. . .go slow. . .go straight. . .we don't want to fall off. . .
|Picture of lunch on the island with some of them|
Frederick. . .
|This is the kneeboard that Tom got on his 17th birthday! Ha! Bet he never in a million years thought his son would be on it someday :)|
|Edward tried his hand (knees?) at it too but it wasn't really his thing.|
Would you believe that, although you are tired of reading this post (and so far it's taken me four days to complete it), the KIDS weren't tired yet so we headed to the beach.
Margaret. . .right at home at any beach.
The white poles are water tables. . .in the spring/summer they are mostly under water.
There go the big boys. . .such fun!
Frederick hunting or gathering sand or something. . .:)
Marie never ventured to the water's edge. She's my girl :)
It's fun to sit on the boat and watch what is going on but be too far away to really hear them. . .
Oh yea, Margaret and Edward ventured out into the water again. . .they are trying to balance on the swimming markers
And there goes Thomas
They were having a contest to see who could balance on the tubing the longest.
Margaret brought a "treasure" over for me to photograph. . .we don't bring shells and rocks home but I'll always take a picture for the memory. . .I have dozens of pictures (which take up a lot less room then the actual objects would!)
The moon was out. . .time to head in. . .
Thomas brought us up to the dock. He still doesn't have his boating license. . .grrrr. . .2 years now. . .
Margaret found my People magazine (which I rarely purchase and she loves)
And this is it. . .pulling the boat out for the last time this 2011 boating season. It's been a great one. Thank you, always, Grandpa Fred, for letting us use your boat each season. Here are a few of other posts I did this year here and here and here and here. Wow. Good times, good memories!