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I don’t know what heaven is going to be like, but if I were to hazard a guess I would say it might look something like this:
Me sitting next to a lake with my oldest and dearest friend.
I reach into a bag and hand her two pretzels.
She generously coats them in Nutella and hands one back.
She reads the good bits from the newspaper.
I make sure to point out the rotund man wearing a Speedo.
Nutella is applied to two more pretzels.
And so on and so forth for all of eternity…


We squeezed in one last summer getaway with our friends.  It’s off season at Pinecrest lake which means that cabin and boat rentals are discounted but the weather is still very pleasant.  We rented a cabin for the whole week, and we made the most of our time.  Lots of swimming, boating, hiking and eating.

The first day we rented a party boat and took everyone out for a tour of the lake and some fishing.

Our kids are used to boating on Grandpa W.’s boat but the mountain lake proved to be much colder than they were used to :)

This is our friends’ youngest child.  He LOVED the boat!  I loved his yellow hat :)  

There was lots of fishing but no bites the entire week.  We saw loads of people pulling in 4 to 5 lake trout in one sitting but we never caught one.  Attention span might have been a factor.

I like his impish little grin…

Steph had to keep one hand on her little guy the entire time!  Gravity is a concept that is completely lost on him :)

Most of the children slept together downstairs but the younger two slept upstairs with the adults.  E has gotten too big for her little porta-crib so she ended up sharing a bed with us.  Inevitably we would spend the night hanging off the edge of the bed while she spread out between us.

Mornings were slow.

Yummy breakfast.  Lounging around reading books, doing homework.  There was no TV or internet access and none of our cell phones worked.  Twice during the week the guys headed to the local inn to check emails and the news but other than that we were completely cutoff.

There is a beautiful path that skirts around the perimeter of the lake, so one day we packed lunches and went for a hike.  We guessed it was about a 3 mile hike, we found out later it was closer to 4.  The kids were real troopers!  The littlest two spent a lot of time perched on their dads’ shoulders.

Just one of the many beautiful homes around the lake.

E hiked a huge portion of the lake but towards the end she was getting pretty tired.  It was slow going.  She wanted to stop and look at every little thing :)

The last several days I even took a break from taking pictures.  It was so nice to just slow down.  I managed to finish two books, do a little crocheting and put together a puzzle I brought.

In other completely unrelated and random news:

I’ve decided that I love the high powered vacuum at the car wash.  They are just so.much.fun!  I vacuumed every square inch of the car, all three of the children, and almost offered to vacuum out the car next to me. 

I bought some Starburst candies from the Halloween section at Target.  They’re the miniature kind that come with two per package.  Whenever I open one and there’s two reds I always get this little thrill, but when there’s two yellows I feel kind of ripped off. 

Aren’t you glad to know that?