I love kayaking. But someone had to hang out with Caroline........we tried to kayak with her, but she didn't really fit into a life jacket & was screaming her head off.......so she & I watched from the shore. Some of the kids had never kayaked before, so it was a fun, new experience. And the scenery doesn't get much better. Jake even worked on a kayaking scout badge while he was at it.
Right next door to Ice Cream Alley was this cute place called Mountain Monet where you could paint pottery & make jewelry. So we spent an afternoon there one day. Max was in heaven!
We made some super cool stuff.
One day, we stopped to play at this beach area.
And we discovered that there were globs of clay in the sand. Quite a bit of it.
So the kids started to collect it.
And made a big clay ball.
Then one thing led to another..........
.......til they looked like this!
Frightening, I know. The teeth, I mean. Good thing Dad's on Orthodontist!
Did I mention that we ate alot of ice cream?
It was just so good, & huge scoops, for so cheap!
We'll never forget our Ice Cream Alley. We even got to calling it ICA for short.
Max usually got mint chocolate chip. Jake usually got double-fudge brownie (when it wasn't already gone). Zane & Mars would usually get Butterfinger blast. And Gus would always get rainbow sherbet.
And Brian & I sure liked the chocolate peanut butter!
I had brought a bunch of craft supplies for the boys to make boats to float down the creek. And man were they into it! We had boat-making stuff all over the kitchen table for a week!
Then we took them down to the river for some boat races.
Max's had a dock that it was tied to. So cute.
Then we watched & cheered them on.
The ones that got stuck then became rock-throwing targets & they were 'bombed' and destroyed. This became the highlight of the day.
I could have left these guys here & come back a week later, and they'd still be throwing rocks!
We loved this little park, right on the lake. And we loved how it was never crowded.
We'd pick up some pizzas & wings and bring a frisbee & blanket and hang out til the sun went down.
Which wasn't until 10!
The cutest little face in the whole wide world!
And the cutest little bum in the whole wide world!
And I love how she curls up her toes like that.