Jun 22, 2011

Weekend on the lake

As I mentioned to you earlier in the week, we spent last weekend outside of Chattanooga on the lake with our friends Doug and Honor and their kids Haley, Hannah and Jack.



Everyone really enjoyed the new Relaxation Station ... and the kids loved the ducks that hung out nearby.



On Saturday the water was pretty chilly, which didn't deter the majority of the crowd, but Jack spent a good bit of time in the boat, practicing his captaining skills.



At some point before lunch, though, Jack decided to get in the water. He was swimming around the float trying to find the ladder. Jake leaned over the side and yelled, "JACK! I CAN GET YOU!"



Jack said, "I NEED SOMEONE STRONG."



And then he started to swim away.



Jake looked over at me and yelled to Jack: "I AM STRONG!"



So Jack gave him a chance.



Jack is four months older than Jake, but he probably only weighs half to two-thirds as much as Jake does. Even so, Jake couldn't manage to pull him in on his own; Jack had to swim around to the ladder, and Jake and Haley teamed up to pull him onto the float.



Within minutes, JAKE had fallen in and needed help back onto the float.



It took both Nicholas and Haley to haul him up.



It wasn't graceful, but they got it done.



The chilly water temperature didn't put a damper on any of the fun.



 There was much spraying of water and much rejoicing in the thrill that is The Lake Experience.



Before lunch, we loaded up in the pontoon boat and headed out for a ride and to see what was what.




The air was warm, the day was overcast, and the lake was pretty calm.



Most of the kids opted for the front of the boat, the better to spy the herons and passing boats.



Our kids are on the lake so rarely that they can hardly sit down in the boat. They want to see everything!




Doug drove us to a spot with some relatively low boulders that jutted out to a safe depth for jumping.



The kids wasted absolutely no time at all swimming over and climbing up to jump.




And jump they did! Time and time again.



We wouldn't let Jake climb up above the lowest rock, but he was pretty content to jump from that spot.



All of the other kids chose the highest spot, though, which might have been about 10 to 12 feet.



Once we'd finally rounded them all back up to head back to the house, Nathaniel got a chance to steer the boat! It was serious business, as you can see.



We headed back not a moment too soon, as thunder began to rumble and light raindrops began to fall as soon as we got within sight of the house.



It ended up HAILING on us! Crazy! We managed to get everything off the boat and up to the porch before the bottom completely fell out, but we had only moments to spare. The storm lasted a good while, maybe a couple of hours, and during that time we made and ate a delicious supper.

While we cooked, the kids watched a DVD. Well, MOST of them did. Jack watched it through closed eyelids.



They snuggled in their chairs ...



and kept each other company ...



and generally relaxed until it was time to eat.



After supper, the storm had passed and the kids begged to go back out for a night swim. They ended up swimming and jumping off the dock from 7:00 to 9:15 that night! You'd think they would have been exhausted, but come Sunday morning, they were back at it bright and early.

Sunday before lunch we took a boat ride (on the ski boat this time).



The sun was shining and there wasn't much of a breeze, but while the boat was moving, the wind whipped our hair.



Hannah was sporting some very patriotic toenail polish that I had to get a shot of:



Hannah is quite the fashion plate, in general, and she doesn't "dress down" for a boat ride.




Since it was before lunch, we packed a few snacks. You couldn't separate this boy from his chips if you had a crowbar.



Hannah attempted skiing and Nathaniel attempted knee-boarding, each with varying degrees of success. We finally called it a day on the boat and headed back to the house to get ready for lunch.

While we worked on that, there was a lot of jumping going on down at the dock. They started off jumping off the back of the pontoon boat ...







But ultimately they ended up asking Grayson to throw them off the dock as high as he could, which was very entertaining!





The entire weekend was a lot of fun ... never a dull moment and full of memories we'll carry with us for many Summers to come!

5 comments:

Sewconsult said...

Looks like fun was had by all. Since we had my mother's side of the family in Chattanooga, I spent many summers in the lakes around Chattanooga. Lake Winnepesoka (sp) was the one where we went most often. More fun to go to Signal Mtn or Lookout. Ever go up on the W road to Signal Mtn? Enough to make you car sick!!

Amanda said...

Our place on Lake Harding looks so similar! Those are some of the BEST memories of when I was younger. PS the picture of Jake in the polo is the CUTEST thing I've ever seen!

Aspiemom said...

I live 20 min. south of Chattanooga and take my son to Chester Frost Park/Lake just above Chattanooga, near my parents. It looks like you had a lot of fun, despite the crazy weather!

Rene said...

Oh how fun! Love those images of the kids jumping/diving into the water. What wonderful memories for them. I hope you are well Katherine.

Rachel said...

How fun! Your kids are little daredevils. I wish we could get our kids together.

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