Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Weekend in Brigantine with the Schaller/Weiss/Felt clan

Brian got the pleasure of a weekend away with friends this past weekend and the Schallers so graciously invited me and the boys to join them for 2 days of their vacation at the Jersey Shore in Brigantine.  We got up bright and early on Saturday and headed to the Atlantic City Aquarium to pass the time until their beach rental was ready for the week.  Notice the matching stances of me & Megan - we didn't notice until afterwards.  Of course Evan wouldn't look at the camera:
Cute shot of the cousins staring at the ocean as we waited for our table to be ready for lunch:
After getting into the house and taking a nap, we headed over to the beach for a few hours.  All of the kids had a great time playing in the sand:
The first afternoon at the beach, ot was just me and Megan with the four kids - it was a little bit hectic :)
Evan and Matthew running into the water - pure joy!  
The princess among these group of boys:
Evan absolutely loved the beach again this year:
Of course that silly smile again:
Matthew hamming it up for the camera:
Aunt Megan & Eric:
On Sunday morning, Deedee and Pops arrived.  The weather wasn't quite as sunny but we still had a great day at the beach. Here are some photos of the Weiss girls:
Evan "boogie-boarding" (i.e. - holding onto the boogie board standing on the sand):
Deedee and Eric enjoying the ocean:
Megan & Dave:
Most of the gang enjoying the warm ocean water:
Claire doing her very best to hold Eric's hand:
Trying to get a picture from the front:
Having fun:
Cutie pie:
The only downfall of the weekend . . . the horrible traffic and 95 mile drive that took 4 hours!  Evan had so much fun and is really looking forward to our week-long trip to the beach coming up soon.  Thanks to the Schallers for hosting us for the weekend!

The Last Few Keuka Shots

Here are the last few Keuka shots from my camera. A few more of Eric - playing by the water:
Big boy:
Love the blonder hair this summer:
Evan thrilled to drive the boat.  If only we could teach this kid to smile more naturally:
Morgan's turn to drive the boat:
 Father & son:
Is it time to go back yet?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Keuka Part 2 - Aunt Shelley's Pictures

I didn't have my camera out as much for the last two of three days at Keuka Lake.  Chasing around two little kids isn't conducive to photography.  Plus, Aunt Shelley was there and she is far more skilled than I am.  These pictures all came from her camera over the course of the weekend.

Aunt Karen and Uncle Cliff's house has all sorts of fun activities for the kids.  Eric loved the sidewalk chart.  A budding artist?  Likely not but he had fun:
We brought our buggy from home because we knew we'd be going on a lot of walks.  I love that Eric still likes to smile for the camera:
Brian out waterskiing on the lake - heading outside the wake:
Evan and his daddy - happy to be out on the boat:
On Saturday, we headed out on the tube being pulled by Uncle Cliff driving the boat.  After this photo was taken, Morgan and Janet got out of the boat, leaving me, Brian, Evan and Eric in the tube.  Due to an honest mistake on Brian's part, the tube ended up filling with water and tossing us into the middle of the lake in a mere 100 feet of water.  Thank God for those life jackets!  Brian and I managed to remain calm and calmed the boys down until we could get back into the boat.  One of the more comical parts of the story is that I had ahold of both Evan and Eric as we were going in and I wasn't letting go.  Unbeknownst to me, Brian also had a hold of Evan.  So, luckily he was a little more sane than me and let go of Evan or we would have probably dislocated his arms.  But we all survived and we even got Evan out on the tube the next day:
The next day, we started with Brian pulling the tube and acting as the boat:
I got some waterskiing in as well.  Every year I look a little more terrified than I looked the year before:
We got some time in sailing on the sailboat.  These pictures were of Brian but I got to go with him twice as well:
The neighbors had a float that you could lay out on the lake on.  It was really difficult to stand on and so Brian and I would try running on it until one of us fell, which was a lot of fun:
 Evan loving the tube, even after the fall into the lake:
Evan and Nana getting splashed by Brian:
Eric eating breakfast.  He ate more there than he ever ate before.  Guess the lake air made him hungry:
A cute picture of Evan shortly after a temper tantrum.  He was laying down on the deck here after throwing his body down in anger:
Nana, Eric and Lily playing by the water:
Brian and I even got a chance to go out for a run/walk while we were there and had some built-in babysitters.  Beautiful scenery for a run:
Eric and I sitting lake side and playing with the stones and water:
I believe I have a few more pictures on my camera from the weekend to load on here.  But I am pretty sure they aren't as good as these ones.  More to come . . . most likely.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Keuka Day 1

We are at Keuka Lake for the annual get-together with Brian's side of the family - one of our favorite weekends of the year!  The weather wasn't the best today so we didn't get much swimming in, but Evan did get a chance to fish for the first time.  Here is so excited to try it out:
After about 2 minutes tops, he lost interest in fishing - no patience.  So Uncle Cliff caught him a big one and Brian helped him reel it in:
Pretty big fish for his first time . . . though he can't really take any credit for it:
Playing around in the tube on land - hoping to be pulling them behind the boat tomorrow:
 Papa and Eric:
Evan's first time eating a smores . . . I think he liked it:
Evan throwing rocks in the water:
Cousins enjoying the sunset:
A few minutes later, the sky had gone from pink to purple:
Campfire dinner:
Given the skies tonight, I'm hopeful for a sunshine-filled day of boating and swimming tomorrow!