Yesterday I shared about our annual Fourth of July BBQ which was followed by a trip to the lake. Well, today is all about the lake. We've been going up for years and years and it's always great family time. It's always highly enjoyed and great memories are always made there. In addition to our family and Sam, who was still visiting with us - we had aunts, uncles, cousins there to celebrate with. Summer is always busy so there isn't time for endless trips to the lake but we're aiming for a few more before summer is over.
I've been trying to narrow down pictures and use less but there are just too many to pick from so this weekend so an overload is ahead…
We loaded up the car (full to the brim) and took off to meet everyone there. The weather unfortunately wasn't perfect on the Fourth but it wasn't terrible either. Once we got everything unpacked, we all lounged around and relaxed to get ready for another Fourth of July feast that night.
Nash LOVES the lake house - he knows immediately when we pull in that we're there and he's always itching to get down to the water first thing. This was Stella's first trip and we we're so excited to see how she liked it. The verdict is - now BOTH dogs are lake lovers. Stella was a little iffy about the water at first but with Derek's help she gave it a chance in little bits - mostly she loved to be able to run free on the landing.
Plus, how cute is she in her pink polka dot life jacket?!
Other than dock time and boating (which we clearly did without either for the holiday since the weather was overcast) everyone's other favorite activity is porch time. Once 5:00-6:00 hits, everyone grabs a drink and a spot on either the rocking chairs or the couch and gathers in for a long night. Another highlight is a big display of appetizers which we graze on for at least a few hours. Dinner this night was hot dogs and all the Fourth of July fixings which we didn't eat until way to late because we were having too much fun.
Another reason the pups love the lake? They are never laking for attention. They even got to come out for the fireworks show.
Once it got dark enough everyone (there were about 15 of us) set out on the front lawn and watched the neighbors put up a very impressive fireworks show that kept going and going so we held off on ours until that was done.
I was a little skeptical of setting off our own fireworks at first but they were much more than I even imagined. I guess I was always farther back when they were being set off but I was so impressed with what we had.
My favorite highlight was when my uncle brought out a large sparkler for some of us to use and when those were done my aunt had a small sparkler for each of us "kids". They were a blast - I had the best time running around the big front lawn lighting up the night.
As the years have gone on, we've all had many many friends at the lake house - on this night there were six cousins and four friends to celebrate. One little pup went missing for a little bit and was found under one of the beds - her first Fourth of July got to be a little much for her and she preferred to be held. After the fireworks displays we ended out the night with a little more porch time.