Flashback Friday – Water

900704 Girls TubingFor the past thirty years or so weekends in the summer have been spent on water.  Our daughters know nothing else really, their entire childhood summers were spent in a boat, on a beach or in a lake somewhere.  The photo above is a testament to their lack of fear.  Cait was three years old giving us a thumbs up to tell us to go faster.  The two of them were born to do this.  Fast forward a few years and Cait is still about the speed (so in Amanda) with her whole goal being able to stay on the tube no matter what her father throws at her.

090712 (84)It’s always fun to watch and photograph.  Twenty years of experience has made for some crazy rides.

Boating is about a lot more than pummeling your kids on a tube behind a speeding boat.  It has always been about friends and family for us.  Our vacations have always been spent on water with various other people sharing our experience.  Some of them are avid boaters and have brought their own boats. Others spend a weekend on the water as a first time experience.  These are the best times for me – introducing them to the joys of floating on the water on a hot summer day.  Showing them the beauty of “our” bodies of water.  There truly is nothing like seeing the landscape from the middle of a lake, it opens it up.

080831 Lake (4)This is what boating is all about for us – gathering many for a day of fun and relaxation.  Finding a beach, setting up your chairs, worshiping the sun, listening to the birds, reading, laughing.

080709 Dogs at lakeAnd it isn’t just the kids that enjoy a day at the lake.

So it’s 14 degrees this morning and we had over a foot of snow two days ago, that could be why I’m waxing nostalgic.