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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I Lake It A Lot

Some of the best memories I have growing up tend to have two things in common. The lake and my family. I remember sitting on the back porch at our old lake cottage on Adams Lake shucking buckets of corn for the extended family. I remember hearing ten different voices while hitting the sack. Grandpa's snores that could rival a freight train. Grandma's attempts to quiet him. Dad's, ahem, after dinner sounds. My brother and I's fighting over who got the top bunk. They were all contented noises after a day filled with tubing, skiing, "deep sea swimming" and the occasional run aground boat. Each day, the night would be followed with OFF bugspray, a campfire, and an aloe vera nightcap. These are my memories of the lake. Now, another generation is gathering memories of the lake. Our oldest spends every weekend at the lake. During the winter, what we look forward to is not Christmas (although it is a close race), but lake weather. "Mom, when can we go to the lake," is heard at LEAST daily.

THIS is what the lake is all about...

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Swimming (Always wear a lifejacket!)

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The mildly hostile, and therefore occasional, game of croquet

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Sandy toes (and a bucket to dip them in)

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Snuggles with Paw Paw on the hammock

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Creating lasting friendships

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Gettin' some vitamin D on our Indiana White bodies (I think that should be added to Sherwin-Williams paint swatch catalog).

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Chubby bare legs

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Sink Baths with Nana at the end of the day

But all the rest is nothing without these.
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These are the memories that will remain with them still twenty years later.

10 comments:

  1. Oh, that's sweet! What wonderful photos too!

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  2. Hey Andrea,
    Great post!! It's funny how as parents we look back at our favorite memories and wonder what are children's will be. Summer time for us is Skim boarding at Point No Point, Wake boarding at my cousin's cabin and evenings at the fire pit eating smores and playing "ghost in the grave yard"...ah summer!

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  3. i love love love those photos! your kidlets are adorable ;)

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  4. I used to LOVE Ghost in the Graveyard! Can't wait till the girls are old enough to play that one!! Chelsey, I LOVE the happy glasses on your most recent post. And thank you all, ladies. My camera does all the work. They say it isn't the camera, it's the person shooting, but I don't know about that. My Canon makes my husband look like he knows what he is doing. Just sayin'.

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  5. Nice photos! Love seeing your girls having fun!

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  6. You are a very talented photographer, Andrea!!

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  7. Looks like a great time! Cute pictures.

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  8. Thank you all for visiting, and thanks so much for thinking so, Keri! I love the new hobby (and the hubby for makin' it happen!!!!)

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