The boys playing football. (Where the heck is that football?)
Give them permission to act silly, and they will. (There are several family friends in this photo as well as our family.)
"I want to come ooooooooooooout!"Alex (11) and Zach (6.5) working on a fun new activity--a paleontology set. They "dig" some dinosaur "bones" out of plaster of Paris, then clean and assemble them. (The boys humored their old auntie by letting her have a turn at it too. Aunt Becky loves to play with toys as much as kids do.)
We often take several floating devices out to the buoy and attach them. This "floating island" attracts a lot of family conversations...and a few splashes. Pack your digital camera in a Ziploc baggy, please.
More babes on the water...except the boat was on the lift. (With gates and a protective canopy, it makes a nice, safe place to play with an active baby.)Uncle Tom and Alex at dusk, practicing skipping rocks
Liesl LOVES the boat. (And her Daddy!)
The family's Sevylor raft doubled as a beach playpen. Props to Grammie for coming up with the idea. This is handy for busy mommies with small, wiggly babies who are prone to shoving handfuls of sand in their mouths.
Brooke, the granddaughter of a family friend, really, REALLY dug Ava. (The feeling was mutual, you'll note.) The youngest of two girls, we think Brooke needs a baby sister of her own.
Mommy and Liesl on the SeaDoo. The SeaDoo hit 56+ mph several times that weekend. Needless to say, this wasn't one of those times....
...though this one was. (Being a passenger is a lot harder than driving the thing.)
Liesl, Zach, and Tammy out on the water. See the freak making the huge wake on a jet ski behind them? That's Tom. I checked to be sure our life insurance is paid up....
Tom after his maiden voyage. Thankfully, both husband and watercraft are in one piece.
Liesl "driving" the jet ski into the lift for Aunt Tammy. (You'll note that my sister has the key out of the ignition. Smart move.)
Hell has frozen over, and pigs have sprouted wings: My mother, 63, drove the SeaDoo. Go Mom!