Friday, July 10, 2015

Lake Livin' - Day 1

On Thursday morning, we loaded way too much stuff into our car (I blame Georgia's food allergies for my packing of enough food/drink to feed a family of 5 for several months!) and headed out to the first destination on our road trip.... Branchport, NY.  Thankfully, Georgia is now an old hand at car travel and does fairly well on these long rides.  Give the chick an iPad and she's more than happy to just watch her shows/movies.  Hand back a snack or two every now and again and you barely know that she is back there!  She really only interrupts the drive to let you know when she needs a pit stop.

About an hour into the ride, we discovered that we had a stowaway...





Meet Tops... a toy dinosaur that belongs to one of G's friends.  He apparently wanted to come to the lake too!  We decided to make it a running gag and had Tops "text" his owner to fill him in on his adventures throughout the week.

After a very long drive through Pennsylvania, we finally got to New York and to gorgeous Keuka Lake.




Nick's family has been vacationing at Keuka for quite a few years.  His aunt is originally from the area and still has lots of family in the surrounding region.  Several years ago, they bought a "motel" right behind their original property and did a total renovation of the facility and opened up Lady of the Lakes Suites, which also served as our accommodations for the weekend.

It's hard to believe that we've been going to the lake for almost a decade at this point.  Nick and I had been dating for about 8 months or so when I first went with him to the lake back in July of 2007.  Flashback time...


Who are those babies?!?!?

We missed the lake in 2008 and 2009 due to wedding craziness as all of our friends (and us!) got married.  We were back in 2010 celebrating our 1st anniversary...





2011 was another skip year since Georgia made her early arrival at the end of April and had just come home from the NICU in mid-June.  We brought her to the lake for the first time in 2012...


Baby's 1st boat ride and bar!

In 2013, we missed out on the lake due to a wedding and I will be eternally grateful for that timing since I spent that 4th of July in the hospital unexpectedly having my gallbladder removed.  2014 was another miss due to timing and other life events.  So here we are in 2015 and we're BACK!

After a quick unpack/unload of the car, we grabbed the keys to the boat and headed out to explore...


1st boat ride of 2015!


Driving the boat with Daddy
 
 
Georgia took to the boating life pretty quickly...





Wind-blown hair and no make-up... I love lake life!





By dinnertime, Nick's parents had arrived from Ohio with his grandmother and everyone spent some time catching up and playing with some new lake toys...


Top L - Nick, his dad and Georgia driving boats
Top R - Nick and his 94 year old grandmother driving the boats
Bottom - Georgia driving boats with her grandpa and daddy
 

Telling her great-grandma all about her manicure colors!


Georgia wrapped up the night by giving some bread to some new friends...


Feeding the ducks with grandpa


We were exhausted from our long day in the car, so we called it a night and headed up to our suite.  Georgia crashed and we just hoped that she didn't crash out of her bed, since we didn't bring any bed rails with us.  Nick and I were hanging out in the living room when we spotted an amazing sight that lit up the entire lake...



Yeah for country living!


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