Skyler's last week of summer vacation was a bit of a bummer for both of us. It always seems like it all went too fast and you wish you could start over. So on our last official free day of summer break (the very next day which was the real last day of summer break - we spent roofing as a family -- sorry but I love that stuff!!) we went paddle boating on Lake George at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve with our friends Ali and Fran for the "Summer Sendoff." We have started a tradition of either canoeing or paddleboating at least once a summer at Lake George and it is always a good time. We had lots of laughs from a life jacket "for the little one" (the guy apparently thought Skyler was about 3 years old by the size of the life jackets he kept trying to make her wear) to "yeah, but there are only 2 people in our paddle boat..." guess you had to be there for that one... what a great way to spend one of our final days of summer together.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Skyler and I were so lucky to get to water ski last night. I won a lesson with the Backwater Gamblers and they taught both Skyler and I how to ski. A special thanks to Beth and Randy for their kind instruction and patience -- we couldn't have done so well without all your help!!
You can see that Skyler seemed to be a little more relaxed than I was. Apparently a fear of water makes water a little less "relaxing" but despite my fears I had a great time and am so glad I did this!! Since we didn't realize that they would be so willing to teach all of us -- Paul was wearing jeans so didn't get a chance to ski -- but he was the official photographer for the whole deal (and moral support for me) :) This was a great family experience that won't soon be forgotten!! Skyler asked Paul if we could buy a boat...
Sunday, August 15, 2010
This week I tried to get my camera out more than I usually do -- so I have at least a few pictures of some of the things we did this week. First up is a picture of Skyler getting her hair cut FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME (at least by an actual beautician --- I have always cut her hair in the past) She was pretty excited to get to sit in the beauty shop chair...thanks Kayla!! (Sorry - I was gonna get a "posed" picture but after the one and only shot my batteries died...so this is all I got) Pretty crazy that a 10-year-old had never been to the salon -- but that is just how we do things around here.
|A group shot with the whole pile of trash|
|Skyler and her pal Fran before gettin' our hands dirty|
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Normally when we go fishin -- we catch fish...however, on Saturday when we went to Joe's...
Skyler went and caught a snapping turtle...it was interesting cleaning this guy to try and cook up some turtle meat...
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Husband: "Boy, this sure looks like Ginger"
Wife: "That's because it IS Ginger!"
She bought the last 2 copies of the magazine so that we could see it!!
This 4-page article is kind of the closing chapter honoring the beautiful buck that I was fortunate enough to harvest last fall. I know bucks like this come by once in a lifetime so I am not delusional thinking that this year will be a repeat -- however, every deer is incredibly special to me -- so reading through this article just got me even more pumped up to get this archery season started. Paul and I have been doing a countdown for several months now and have again spent countless hours preparing for these upcoming months that are so special to us. There is just nothing like bow hunting -- so for now I will fulfill my desire to hunt by walking back out to practice shooting the deer target in our back yard again.