Posts Tagged ‘boat’

Not A Beach Vacation But Better Than No Vacation 2018

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Our beach vacation got canceled this year because of a hurricane. I was VERY angry about it, that vacation means a lot to us as a family and as a friend group (we go with two friends from high school and my college freshman roommate). We didn’t want to completely cancel our time off though, and since E hadn’t been to the lake house yet this year we hung out in Virginia. It was a little colder for my taste, but it was still fun. Our best Navy friends came to hang out from Virginia Beach so Caroline got to see her favorite person. We even did a grown-ups only day in NoVa with most of the friends I was supposed to see at the beach, so we don’t have to wait another year to see my BFFs. It’s hard to complain about a lake vacation, especially now that we’re home and I’m just looking back on the pictures.

Lake of the Woods 2018

Monday, July 30th, 2018

This year, my parents moved full-time to their lake house. That means my mom officially retired and my dad sort of kinda almost retired except that he still works almost every day and has to commute up to Washington D.C. a couple times a week. I sort of doubt he will ever truly retire, just because he literally does not know how to relax. He needs stuff to do. The lake house was a good purchase because it always needs something done – fix a leak, build a garage, mow the lawn, do boat stuff, go to Home Depot three times in one weekend. It’s also an incentive to get us to visit – lake houses are much more fun than the nice but boring house they lived in when I was in high school. The kids beg to visit and cry when we have to leave.

Our visit this year was extra exciting for Caroline, since the week included pony camp for her each morning at the community’s equestrian center. The boys didn’t seem to care that she got to go to camp and they *only* got to swim in the lake, kayak, tube, boat and hang out with my folks. Unfortunately, E couldn’t get out of work that week so we went without him.

Here are way too many photos from our trip. You’re welcome, Mom!

This is Fancy saying “HI”, not being mad. Caroline and Fancy are BFFs.

My children are incapable of making normal faces for photos.

Finnegan was nervous about jumping the first day. It didn’t last long.

My Week(347) in iPhone Photos

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Plugging on, while I have two kids passed out and two kids watching Lord of the Rings, which should keep them entertained for approximated 4832 hours.


Matching father-son kayaks

THIS is a vacation

Moana needed help with the wifi’


Pretty serious relaxing

Rain delay

Dreaming about Disney World


It’s tubing time

Big helper

Really excited about watermelon


The only photo I took, but at least I got everyone in it.


Busy baby

Headed to swim call

Dinner at the club


Actual thing my dad got for Father’s Day



Waiting for his waffles

Boating is exhausting

Finn screams the whole time on the boat unless he’s nursing

We’ve been go go go go all week – basically just to keep us sane and out of the house and not sitting here in the heat wanting to strangle each other – so having an at-home day feels SO PRODUCTIVE. I cleaned things! And put away laundry! We finally called my mom for her birthday! I did a bunch of stupid adulting paperwork! I might even have time to finish setting up my bullet journal because I am determined to get organized so my life doesn’t collapse this fall when I have 3 kids in school and/or activities.

Literally as I typed that the baby woke up, so now I’m done being productive for a while.

My Week(249) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Vacation is over as of bedtime tonight, so back to regular life we go. But if ever my children say we never did anything fun with them, I have tons of photographic proof their childhoods were MAGICAL.



Linc felt he needed a snack JUST as the tide started coming in.


Boogie boarding


The Russian judge only gave them a 8.7



It’s Pims O’Clock – time for Pims Cups and cards


He likes the beach house


I love the beach house



Good bye bunk room


Good bye pluff mud





Topless at Walmart, because we’re super classy


Drinking and boating (when you’re 4.5)


Drinking and boating (when you’re 1)



Water fun


Bucket head


Poor baby has no idea he isn’t a big kid who can kayak



Linc loves the ugly couch


On your anniversary you don’t have to split a dessert


Happy 11 years to us



How many guys does it take to deflate an air mattress?


It’s a good thing he was wrapped or he would have climbed right onto that horse


Evening cruising and tubing and water skiing and kneeboarding

Want to hear something crazy? Even though we’ve been on vacation almost 2 weeks when we get home we get to have a staycation for a few days. We plan to alternate between doing all the things and doing nothing (preferably at the lake) so we can enjoy the last days of summer before school starts. I’m not ready for school. This year I have two lunches to pack every day and there is nothing I hate more than packing lunches.

My Week(155) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

This week is basically just photos of all the places I’m going to take photos. Plus Caroline.


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Super happy to be swinging.

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I GUESS this spot was OK for family photos. (This spot was amazing.)


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Eyeing the last apple fritter at Chowder Days.

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Nicely done, Connecticut

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Free boat rides are the best boat rides


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This is not my baby, but I kind of want to hang it up in my house anyways.

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75% off wings at the craft store!

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Pixie Girl


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Practicing his long jump skills

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A pond…

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…a cove…

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Wrinkly toes


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Ready for school! It’s been 65 here all week, so she refuses to wear a coat.

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I found the steps where we did my maternity photos! I love this park.

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What does the fox say? BUY ME, I’M ADORABLE.

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Someone had a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast.

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That chalkboard was the train station schedule for Evan’s birthday. Repurposing!!

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Editing editing editing…I really loved this session!



I did NOT buy this, even though I really really really really love it. I did end up buying a dresser. And a table. And a couch. And…another couch. It was an expensive weekend.

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I love you, soda machine.

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Project RECLAIM THIS DISASTER is underway. I’m so excited about it, especially now that it’s getting darker and colder and we’re going to be stuck inside more.

I had no photo sessions this weekend but I’m making up for it with 4 in the next 6 days and I’m crossing my fingers SO HARD that the weather stays nice. I’m hoping to get some of our personal photos sorted and (minorly) edited and shared too, since my family starts to get mad if there aren’t enough gingers on the blog. MOAR GINGERS SOON, I promise.