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Monday, August 24, 2009

Soaking up the Sun

Saturday was such a beautiful day - the sun was shining bright and it was so clear. We decided to surprise the kids with a day at the lake. Grandpa and grandma came along too and we all rode ATV's up. We parked on the highway and enjoyed a leisure, scenic, 7 mile drive instead of a slow, bumpy, often way too close to the drop off edge ride. Just the ride itself was a blast not to mention the beautiful lake and scenery :-)
The lake is quite small and has a trail around it so we made our way around stopping to pick huckleberries (!!!), swim, play or just relax in the sun. We picked enough huckleberries to mix them with blueberries and make muffins yesterday! I haven't had huckleberries since living in Idaho and they were just as tasty as I remember but way smaller! Either I forgot their size or they are smaller around here. Hmmm . . . . I guess I will have to take a trip to Idaho and find out for myself - all in the name of science of course :-)
One of our many stops had a rope swing that was alot of fun. Madison wanted to jump into the water but the rope was short enough that if you didn't let go at just the right time you would really get hurt - so she just swung for fun.
Me, on the other hand, had no desire to drop into the water. It was COLD!! I was there to enjoy the ride only :-) Brock of course flew right in time after time. He kept trying to get a higher start each time.
The "kids" spent a lot of time making a raft! Brock was continually going for more logs to make it better. I am surprised he didn't jump on it himself - or kick the kids off so he could go for a solo ride :-) It was really fun for all of them - especially Isaac, he was the only one who stayed focused on it continually :-)
Madison was easily sidetracked from raft making by all the little critters. She had a huge ladybug, a moth and a dragonfly all in her custody.
Isaac was sure this log would hold him up :-)
Madison dunked under the water and I could feel her pain!! The water was so cold - all she could do was grab her head!! Then of course she played it up a bit and had us worried for a second :-)

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The Chapters In Our Life said...

Looks like an awesome day! That tree swing sure looks fun!

Greta Marie said...

It looks like you're living in paradise! I think I've said this before, but I think it's just so great that you guys are taking advantage of all that is around you.