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Saturday, August 11, 2007

A week at Minaki...(or Vanaki in Ella's words).

It's really good to be home, but I honestly could have stayed at the lake for another week! We had SOOOO much fun. It was relaxing, fun, restful, busy and great all at the same time. We sat on the dock for the better part of 7 days (trust me, I still feel like I'm rocking with the motion of the's a really odd, disorienting feeling and it made it REALLY hard to drive home today), went swimming, fishing, ate and ate and ate until we couldn't eat one more thing and then somehow still ate more! Visited with some of the most important and wonderful people in my life, played dice (a game called Ten Thousand, or Nuscht which is translated into "nothing" in low-German), did I mention all the food we consumed? I'm not sure what it is about the lake that makes us want to fill ourselves with everything and anything bad for you. At one point Jer was going up to the cabin and I said to him, "Jer, can you bring my ketchup chips down? And maybe some chocolate and the sunflower seeds...and OH, is there still raspberry cheesecake left?" Yeah, not a bright shiny moment for me (I'm telling you, stomachs look MUCH better tanned, so all the junk doesn't look like it did as much damage as it probably did). Okay, so here's a few of my favorite pictures (of the 99 that I took in the last 3 days of our holidays because the first 4 days I was too busy doing nothing to bother taking pictures. I wasn't sure where to stop, so there are 20 pictures below and then is Aidan's birthday post if you missed it.)

These are my silly girls NOT SLEEPING!! This was the first time they have ever had to sleep in the same room together by themselves. It didn't work very well and it only lasted one night. There was a lot of commotion in the room and when I went to check, I found them standing on the bed looking out the window to see what was going on out there.
A view from outside of Aidan not sleeping.
Ella's bum must have been very hungry this week. She had a perpetual wedgie and I know she's going to hate me one day for showing this totally inappropriate picture, but she has the cutest little behind I've ever seen. Sorry Ella!
Three cute little girls on the dock.Jer being VERY lazy and sitting whilst drying dishes. Yes, sitting! Drying the dishes that he was too lazy to wash.
Aidan having a great time with Daddy in the water.Ella pretending to put Aidan to bed and saying prayers with her. Made my heart melt.
The girls having a blast on one of their many boat rides.
Just another one of Aidan's cute moments.
The fishermen going out yet again.
Rub a dub dub how many girls fit in the tub?
Me doing what I did best, NOTHING!! Relaxing by the lake working on my tan was my specialty.
I was elated to find out that my girls loved to be in the water (last year we couldn't get them near the lake). For someone who loves to swim as much as I do, it would be devastating to have kids who don't like water!
My two sweeties looking all cute in their pink "baby suits" as Aidan likes to call them.
Our view from the dock. Couldn't be better!
Okay, maybe it could. This was our sunset on Thursday night. Spectacular.
And even more beautiful!
Ella posing for Mommy on a rock outside our cabin. Reminds me of a picture of me that my mom took when I was Ella's age at Minaki.
More sweetness!
Our convoy of vehicles winding our way around the curving road.

So there it is. My holiday. Sorry about all the pictures. I tried to get Flickr to work for me, but I'm just too tired to care. So maybe next time I won't have these long posts with all the pictures on my blog. Happy weekend everyone. I'm sure I'll have more to say soon. Always do : )


Elin said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful week! It's good to have you home too. I really just wanted to say that I sit to do dishes these days, but maybe that has something with the 9 months pregnant part. The picture of Jer made me laugh.

Bonnie said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time! Isn't sitting and drying dishes a standard rule of thumb when you're on holidays???

Loved all the pics, made me wish I was there! Glad to have you back though!!

Dedee said...

Awesome. I love the sunset pictures and I loved the post on Aidan. She is darling. Welcome back.

(If I ever come visit you, will you take me there?)

ValleyGirl said...

Ahhh, you gotta love being at the lake! Especially in these hot, muggy Manitoba summers. Looks like you had a great time.

I don't understand either why we eat so much while camping. It's weird. I'm sure those calories don't count though. How could they? Food consumed in great fellowship is just plain good for you.

Jen said...

pleased you had a great time

LOL your girls in the 1st photo

the girls are very cute in their life jackets

what a beautiful looking place

thanks for sharing
I love looking at photos

Anonymous said...

I was glad we were able to spend a day at the lake with you! We had a great time, and the food was awesome like always! Mmm.... the rasperberry cheesecake, I can still taste it! LOL!

it's me, Val said...

Those were so great! It made me feel like I was at the Lake here where we've grown up going every year my entire life. It's crazy how alike we all are, isn't it?! (Especially you and me! ;))

It was so fun talking to you last night!! Glad we had our "conversations" as we did! ;)

Love love loved the tooshie shot and the ones of the girls in their "baby" suits! All were great. It looks like you guys had a great relaxing (and yummy!) week and I'm really happy to hear that. You deserved it.


Louise said...

Looks like fun!
great the sunset!

Nadine said...

I'm glad you had a good time. Don't apologize for the pictures - they are great. Your girls are adorable and the lake pictures look so peaceful.

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Alexis Jacobs said...

Looks like an awesome trip! I love the pics.

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