Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Annual Brower Lake Trip

Can't believe I'm already talking about the school year.  Summer has flown by.  

  We usually take an annual Fourth of July lake trip, but since we were in San Fran, we moved it to the last weekend before school started.  One last summer fun before getting back in the grind of things.  

Last Tuesday, Mason had registration at Tara Oaks.  He got a great teacher.  He was so excited....especially since SIX of his good friends are in the class!

The school has a "theme" each year that they unveil at the end of the year before.  This year is it a pirate theme.  There is a giant wooden pirate ship at the entrance of the school.  Mason did NOT want me to take this picture, but finally obliged.  

Brody got to hang with Mickey Mouse all week.  
She wore him out.  They went swimming, to lunch, all kinds of fun. 

So much fun that he couldn't handle it any longer.  Here he was at Costco. 

We left for the lake after work Thursday.  Since school was starting Monday, we decided to do the lake days on Friday and Saturday, so we could head home early Sunday and get ready for the week.  

The moment this child woke up Thursday, he was ready to go to the lake.  Got home from work, he brought his bags, towels, etc. downstairs so we could leave. 

I think this may have been our best trip yet.  

For August, the weather was amazing.  We were actually able to sit out on the balcony at night without sweating.  It looked like it may rain Friday but never did.  It was a bit overcast during the morning, but sunshine that afternoon.  Saturday was all sun.  

Early morning wakeup call after a late bedtime for these three. 

Pure happiness riding on the boat. 

Nothing says family lake trip like taking pictures right away. 

Brower eyes. 

Who doesn't love a good self-timer?!

As always, I took way too many pictures.

Time to jump in. 

Lunch break. 

I am not kidding.  We had the lake to ourselves on Friday.  

Brody tubed a lot this day.  Reese and Mason of course tube a ton every year.  Brody likes to be in the middle so he never falls off.  And if he did fall off, he would have probably had a serious word with the captain....

He tried to "win" every time.  In his eyes, winning meant not falling off. 

But these two tubed all day both days.  I had no idea how they could even lift their arms each night.  I mean they should have been so exhausted!  One tube ride knocks out adults!

She looks like she would be really good at the pommel horse in gymnastics.

That face. 
 I swear she loves it.  

Love that toothless smile. 

Gotta love those faces.

John's head is in the background under water....Mason wins.  Ha

Next up : R. Brower family


Anderson got out there for just a minute.  He wasn't too sure about it.  They did fall off last year and totally remember it.  But that cute kid got out there and tried it!

And they are gone.

Now this I call success.  After a long day on the water, we just drove the boat around for a few minutes and all five kids passed out.  Cheers. 

The Captain 

We headed back home.  The kids woke up and played.  We made an enormous amount of Mexican food.  We ate.  Then we played spoons.  

Day 2 = more pictures.
No 4th of July but it was the 4th of August.

Love these people.

We started the day fishing.  We all brought rocket fishing poles that are MUCH safer for kids.  So easy to use and the kids love them.  Only problem was, we had worms and apparently the fish in this lake....they don't like worms.

Unfortunately, we caught not a one fish.  We even found an area where those things were jumping all out of the water.  We got close enough to put the hooks right on top of them.  One even came up to John's worm, checked it out, and then swam away.  Ugh.  Maybe next year.

Griff tried out the tube this day.  He wasn't too sure about it either but did so good.

He was happy when it was over and said how much fun it was.

John and Robert got out there.  They got thrown off pretty hard.  The video is amazing.  Best part is the kids cheering loudly when they got thrown.  Ha.

The moms got out there right after John and Robert got tossed off like rag dolls....they were not easy on us.  I swear we could hardly hold on!

Brody didn't tube as much this day.  There was a dead catfish out there and he did not like that.  Reese and Mason even tubed by themselves some.  Mason couldn't move his arms at the end of the day!

Sweet cousins.

I took this picture to get the pretty purple sky, but it didn't turn out.
The weather was so so nice.  We sat outside for hours Saturday night while we waited on dinner.

These three were in a trance.
That is three tired boys right there.

We had to leave Sunday morning to get ready for school Monday.
Its always sad to leave.

I think this is our kids' favorite weekend of the year.  They have SOOOOO much fun.
Its hard to believe we have taken that trip four years in a row.

Unfortunately, the house we have been staying at had a For Sale sign up.
Looks like we may have to find a different house to rent next year.  

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