One awesome summer thing we did was spend this past weekend with my family at my sister's cottage. After the responsibility and stress and emotion of their daughter's wedding last weekend, my sister and brother-in-law somehow summoned the energy and effort to invite the entire family to the lake for the weekend. So instead of enjoying some much-deserved peace and quiet, their cottage was filled with people and kids and food and noise and happy chaos all weekend. Oh yeah, and Bob had a bike mishap earlier in the week that resulted in bruised ribs and other aches and pains. They are troopers.
|Neve dislocated a rib a week or two ago after landing on her neck on the trampoline. Since then, her gymnastics moves have been limited. It feels odd to see her walking instead of flipping and tumbling like usual. Well okay, she's jumping here.|
|We label our cups so we don't have to wash or waste too many. I like this pic of Bella and her bright eyes.|
|Lori brought not one, but two AMAZING trifles.|
|This cutie was pretty fun to have around (his hands are full of sand)|
|and Boggle ... looks like no one's having fun here...|
|and Sluff, which appears to be a hilarious game. "Bring it in, ladies!"|
Jan had sparklers so we tried our hand at light-writing. It took us a few tries.
Okay, a lot of tries ... and a lot of sparklers ...
And finally ...
Success! (except why I didn't move the lounge chair three feet to the right, I'll never know.)
|The boy taking a break from The Communist Manifesto for some lighter reading.|
|Dan in his element on the sailboard|
|Spencer and I made the mistake of pretending we were bored with our tube ride...|
|... a mistake I won't make again. (maybe)|
Just when you think things couldn't get any more magical, a rainbow appeared on Sunday night. At one point it wanted to be a double rainbow, but it couldn't quite muster up a complete second arc.