Monday, August 24, 2015


I'm still trying to play catch up on here.

So many things I want to update about, but no time to do it! starts next week around here (say what?!) which is just crazy to me. Where did summer go?! I feel like Avery just got off of the bus on her last day of school!

Anywho....I thought I'd write about our family getaway to Owasco Lake a few weeks ago.

Gabe's family all went so there was a total of 10 of us staying in the cottage we rented. My sister-in-law did a lot of the research and planning on this one!

We arrived on Sunday evening around dinner time. We got in, unpacked the car and got dinner going pretty much right away.

A few shots of the house when we arrived:
Dining area

Living room

Master bedroom

bedroom (where Gabe and the girls slept)

view from the dining/living room area

a shot from out near the lake
You can see from the photo above, we had quite a bit of flat, grassy area. It was great! Lots of room for the kids to run and play and we had a nice flat entry into the lake as well.

We were there on one of the cool weeks in August-the one day it barely hit 70 out. Some days weren't very water friendly, but other days were!
Owen kayaking
My sister-in-law made this cute dessert for us one night....and it was yummy!
Mid-week we celebrated my nephew's birthday. His other set of Grandparents came in for some of the day to celebrate with us. Hard to believe he's 11 already!

Bianca and Avery
Opening gifts:
Of course we had to sing to him!
One night they had music at a nearby park. We went and met some of Gabe's cousins there. It was a lot of fun! The band they had was pretty good too! The kids had a ball!
Cassie, Avery and Raylee
As you can see, they were dancing up a storm-at one point, they even went up on stage!
This kid just cracks me up:
There was a family of ducks (6 babies and a Mama) that visited us multiple times a day. Of course we always gave them some bread. But they would come right up to you and take it out of your hand! The kids loved looking for them and feeding them!
baby ducks

Mama duck

When I was in Buffalo back a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article about the Finger Lakes area. They mentioned this store/cafe that makes and sells pancake mixes and have an all you can eat pancake breakfast. Of course we had to go and check it out. And the pancakes were quite good and very reasonably priced. Then you go and spend $100 in the store to make up for it!
Bianca, Molly, Mark, Owen
The cousins stopped by to visit us as well and the girls all had fun coloring!
Bianca, Raylee, Avery
And some other cousins came by and gave the kids a boat ride-which they loved!
Gabe and Owen went on a kayaking adventure! Owen tuckered out so Gabe ended up rowing both kayaks back home!
Avery did quite well swimming with a life vest on! Go girl!
We went for ice cream one of the last nights there and it was stunning! The sun actually turned red at the end-it was breathtaking! The pictures don't do it justice.

We had I think 3 bonfires while we were there-the kids loved that too!
And before we left, we had to do a group shot to prove we were all there and survived the week!

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