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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Saturdays fun at the lake!

Jenni over at Prairie Air is the host of today's Fun Monday and in keeping with the start of the summer holidays for many of our children she has come up with the following challenge:The topic for this Fun Monday is summer memories. Besides a few of your favorite summer memories, I'd like to hear what summer means to you. Is summer all about fireworks, watermelon seed wars, catching fireflies, days at the lake, family vacations, or the perfect swimsuit? What sights, smells, sounds, tastes, feelings do you associate with summer?

My favorite summer memories are real all since I had my kids. I live my summers through them I suppose you could say. I love everything about summer.....except maybe the heat. Don't get me wrong I like it to be warm enough to go the lake or beach but I can do without the temps going into the upper 80's and beyond! I love the fourth of July and the fireworks....ooh I do love fireworks! I'd say the beach but honestly I'll go to the beach anytime of year! Just on Saturday was our most recent summer adventure and this is really my favorite part.

On Saturday I had had plans for a few weeks to go to the lake with a friend of mine and her son Tanner who is a year younger then Joshua. They all get along well and love to play together.

It actually turned out even better though. While I was driving there my sister in law Gloria called to see what we were doing and I told her we were going to the lake and she wanted to know if she could come join us. I said sure sounds like fun. While I was talking to her my brother in law Josh called to see what we were doing and he had his girls with him so he wanted to come also so we had 7 kids total! 3 boys and 4 girls! The kids had a ball, tons of fun. They all really get along well together when they are having so much fun! The picture above is all of the kids eating dinner.

Below are my kids playing in the lake before the friend and cousins came to play with them. Don't they look like they are having fun!


Don't have anything specific on why I love this pic so much but I really like it....

Notice how I was being a good parent with the girls wearing their life jackets? I did forget the sunscreen though....bad momma. Although they didn't do so bad Madison and Joshua who are my super white skinned kids didn't burn at all. Izzak got a little bit on his back. Actually he seems unable to keep his pants all the way up and had a bit of a crack problem and got a little bit sunburned there...... Kenzie didn't get burnt at all she is just darker. She now has a very white bottom.

I was so happy to have my brother in law and nieces come. It has been ages since I saw them last. They are the ones who lived with us for several years. In the picture below the second picture on the top is Kenzie and Kayla, they are 9 days apart then the next pic has Aiden who is 10 1/2 months younger and Madison is 1 year younger then her. 4 girls in 2 years to two sets of parents. They have been very close over the years. One of the few things that makes me sad about moving although I think their dad will bring them up to visit and we will make sure to visit them when we come down. For many years though these little girls where basically mine also. So when I say I had 4 kids 5 and under that is just the ones I had myself. I also had these 2 so when the kids were really young I had 6 kids under 5. When Maddie was born it was 5,4,2,2,1, and newborn! Yeah days were crazy! When they lived with us full time the kids were between 7 and 2.


I didn't get as many pics of the kids playing in the water as I wanted to they were going pretty far out. This is a man made lake that is quite shallow for a long way out then goes pretty deep for the people on boats. We have gone hear several times in the summer for years but this will be the last not only because we are moving but the company that maintaines it has decided not to anymore so they are closing down the park :(

Gotta love this one too!

19 people had something to say:

Beccy said...

That's my idea of a perfect summer outing. I love all the photographs.

Anonymous said...

What can I say - you captured the day so beautifully on camera - the photo's are so wonderful and so agree both of Kenzie & Madison - close up - you must frame.

The mud I understand is good for one's complexion - however, who does the laundry?

Glad all of you enjoyed the day and now I feel hungry too - as I see all the kids enjoying their feast!!

Peter

Karmyn R said...

I love days like that.

And this year, looks like we are going to have a scorcher of a 4th! (usually it rains, doesn't it?) Remember the sunscreen next time! Ha!

Jenni said...

Sorry to get your link up so late. I put you in a separate post at top so maybe you and the others I missed will get noticed better.

The heat is definitely the worst thing about summer for me. I prefer the more temperate temperatures of fall and spring.

I like that pic of your dd, too. She looks lost in thought.

Willowtree said...

Great pics, I'm exactly sure why, but I really like that photo too. I think it may have something to do with what Jenni said about her being lost in thought.

Willowtree said...

obviously I meant "...I'm not exactly sure..."

Wendy said...

Loved the pics. Looks like you guys had so much fun! What aneat place. I am sorry that the company is not going to keep up with it, as it looks like a neat place for families!!

Melanie said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! I love the pictures. You always post such wonderful pictures.

la bellina mammina said...

The photos are beautiful - and the memories, priceless!

mjd said...

Indeed, you are creating wonderful memories and you have many pictures to prove it.

Kila said...

Looks like a wonderful day! My best summers are the ones since I've had kids, having fun with/through them.

Kaytabug said...

I loved spending summer days at the lake. I can't wait to go make more memories for my 3 Lil'men!
Beautiful photos!

Belizegial said...

Oh, it's summer time and the livin' is easy. Great to see you and your kids enjoying the outdoors. Great pics of everyone and yes that last one of Madison is indeed captivating :)

Enid from Belize City

Pamela said...

They can't sun burn with all that mud on them!!!

I have a very narrow comfort zone, too. 76 would be perfect all year long.

I should check back on your blog to see which part you are moving too in Alaksa. My cousin sends me pictures of moose in her back yard in Anchorage.

min said...

How fun is this!! I wish we had a lake to go to!
Sad to be leaving and that the park is closing. It will always be a wonderful memory!

Steffi said...

All your pictures are wonderful!And they looks like a beautiful day on the lake with your kids and friends.I wish I was there too!really nice,Terri!

Amy W said...

I want to spend summers with you and your family...

Janice said...

I love the collages! The kids looked like they had a blast! I do love summer time. Probably because the sun doesn't set until later in the evening which means you can spend more time outdoors. Glad you had fun!

Debbie said...

Gorgeous pictures! Wonderful memories.

I just love days spent at a lake. They're some of my favourite memories.