Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lake Life - Days 1 & 2

Last Friday, we packed up the car and headed north for our (almost) annual trip to Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region of NY for the 4th of July week.  Nick and I have been making the trek together as a couple since 2007.  We've missed a few years due to life events - weddings (including our own), babies, etc.  But, over the past decade, we've been able to make it up there five times.  2017 would mark Georgia's 3rd trip and Grant's 1st.

However, getting on the road on Friday was a tad rough.  Nick was up with an unhappy Grant overnight into Friday morning (we suspected teething) and I woke up with a major case of the sniffles.  Grant was super lethargic on Friday morning.  He drank a bottle and then immediately went right back to sleep, which is not even close to his normal schedule.  I started popping cold medicine and Nick loaded up the car.  Really, Georgia was the only member of the crew not exhausted, whiny or complaining about something!  But, we decided to make a go of it and start the drive north and see what the day brought us.

We had an uneventful ride (a lethargic and sleepy Grant made the trip fast and smooth) and arrived up to the lake around dinnertime.  We met up with Nick's parents, aunts/uncles, and other relatives and family friends for dinner before calling it a night.  Grant was still acting bizarre and I was chugging NyQuil in order to guarantee a good night of sleep. Typically, we stay at the Lady of the Lakes Suites, but since there were 4 of us this year, Nick's aunt and her sister graciously offered us their lake house, which is directly in front of the suites.  While the suites are 2 bedrooms, the house gave us a 3rd bedroom and some added space.

On Saturday morning, we woke up to drizzle, but with a prediction that the weather would clear by lunchtime.  Georgia and I made an early morning run to the grocery store in town and to The Windmill for some shopping.  By the time we got back to the lake, the sun was trying its best to come out and play.



Nick was beyond excited to use his new drone over the lake!



By 2pm, we had the boat out and the sun shining!




Two thumbs up for cold medicines kicking in and being able to breathe again!
One of the best parts of the lake is just the number of kids running around who are Georgia's age.  She had a BLAST all week with Alex, Audrey, Wesley, Jared, Bennett, Will, etc.  There was never a dull moment with a whole crew of kids under the age of 8 running around at all times.  Georgia and Audrey are summer BFFs.  They only see each other 1-2x/year, but you'd never know it.




These two are NEVER allowed on Spring Break out of this country, especially together!  
Georgia is not always the bravest kid in the world, but every now and again she surprises me and does something completely unexpected... like jump off a boat in the middle of the lake (which happens to be 150+ feet deep in some places!) without hesitation.







Grant woke up from an afternoon nap feeling much more himself... and with a new tooth poking out of his upper gums (5 total now).


I want to play too!
Hanging out with Daddy
The last time we were at the lake, Georgia had just turned 4 years old.  She was fairly independent, but needed help in the lake or getting around the property.  6 is a WHOLE different story.  At one point during the week, Nick said to me - "I haven't seen Georgia all day!"  I would say she spent 90% of every day swimming in the lake and/or playing at the water's edge with all the kids.  For the most part, they played amazingly well together.  Every now and again, someone would be in tears or need a band-aid or complain to an adult that someone was being mean to someone.  But, all the parents were massively impressed with how the kids got along all week long.  Add in the fact that most of them were staying up way past their bedtimes and it was a miracle.


Stop growing up!
Watching the action
Even at dinner, these kids never slowed down!





This view definitely beats our typical dinner view from our deck...


Grant was definitely feeling much more himself with that tooth out.  However, he napped much longer than usual and still wasn't 100% in terms of food.  But you know what always makes you feel better?  Grandpa sneaking you some strawberry shortcake and ice cream while you play with all the measuring cups, spoons and tupperware in the house!




Can't spot the new tooth, but a good view of the 4 chompers he's rocking these days!
Although he couldn't quite hang with the older crew running around all week, he LOVED watching them (and the big kids were so good with him).  If we needed to know where the kids were, we just had to look to where Grant's attention was focused.  He was the best babysitter and watched them like a hawk.


Always jealous of the big kids running around!

Right before the sun set on our first full day at the lake, I was down at the water with Georgia when I looked up and spotted a rainbow off in the distance.  Perfect ending to day #1!





It got super bright for a minute or two and then disappeared as quickly as it came.






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