End of Summer festivities

Nov 5, 2018
Even though school started, we still had some summer to squeeze in before fall officially hit. 

We did our annual trip to Bear lake with The Rensink's and Holly.  




It was our best yet.  



Our campsites provided perfect beach access.  



Weather was perfection. I was worried about the wild fire smoke, but it proved not to be too bad. 



Kids were well entertained with catching fish and frogs, playing in the sand, floating, playing cards and pretty much just being wild.






Floating is harder than it looks.  






Brenden introduced us to a hike that lead us to an amazing and freezing mountain lake.



Feel things make me feel more alive than jumping into a freezing mountain lake.


Brenden and Paul were the only brave souls to do the rope swing. 


Even with the early and cold mornings, the trip was well worth the effort and lack of sleep. 



Love these people. 




Paul and Macey went backpacking to Silver Lake with Carmen and Blaine.




They had a blast. The hike was very steep and hard, but the girls killed it.




I love these girls so much! 




 

Macey and Carmen caught a million fish and had lots of stories to share when they got home.  




Life doesn't get much better than camping in the mountains with your bff and dads.









Kacie and I might of been a little jealous.  



The rest of August was spent getting back in our normal school day routine. 


Nothing makes Mine and Ruby's day like getting to hang out with the 3 little O'Neal kids.  


We have missed these best friends desperately.  


And we take advantage of anytime we get to spend with them.  


We got caught in an exciting rainstorm walking home from school.  



It was a blast and we laughed the whole drenching walk home.  


Last pool day



Ruby I go on lots of scooter rides and walks to pass the time while the other 3 are at school all day.



So, glad I have this one a little longer to go adventuring with. 




The kids are really starting to settle into the new neighborhood and we are finding we lucked out once again with pretty awesome people that live around us.  









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Bear Lake is a lake with no bears but they do have famous raspberry shakes

Oct 22, 2017
We took our 2nd annual trip to Bear Lake with the Rensinks and Holly.  



This was one of our rougher trips, due to many factors, but luckily not due to the amazing people we got to camp with.  :)



The best part about looking back on the pictures though, is I remember more of the fun than I do the stress I was feeling.  Time is a great thing sometimes.  


It started out a little bit cold and rainy, but it didn't last long and we got to enjoy 2 days on our own private backyard beach.

The girls spent lots of time in the sand. 




These 2 bff's spent lots of time on the kayak.  


And everyone spent lots of time out in the water. 







Everyone provided lots of entertainment trying tricks on the paddle boards we rented. 

Julianne and I did some yoga on our turn, it was rather difficult and I think I spent more time in the water than on the board.  



We at least both, kind of, nailed a warrior 1.  


Crew faceplanted hard the first night.  Luckily no stitches were needed, but he had some sweet road rash for a few weeks.  




Ruby napped like a champ and gave me a chance to relax for a few moments each day. 



The boys had to carry a sleeping Ruby up to camp while we got dinner prepped.  



A funny moment...the kids were being annoying, so Brenden taught them how to play Kick the Can.



it was a good effort, but the boys and Ruby were all screaming and crying after 2 minutes. Typical.  Good times.  


Love these people and love them even more now that they've seen us at our worst and still want to be friends with us. 


#friendship
#bearlakeisthelakewithnobearsbuttheydohavefamousraspberryshakes



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Bear Lake

Aug 26, 2016
We had one last hurrah before school started (school started at 8:00am the morning after we got home).  



It was an actual vacation, not just a "family trip".  You get what I'm saying? That means it was actually relaxing and I only yelled and swore at the kids a few times. :)  






We have decided that Holly is coming on all Navasard/Rensink vacation's from here on out.  It was heaven having her there.  






Weather was ideal, all kids but Ruby slept soundly, the lake was perfection, and the company was pretty good too.  




We mostly hung out at the beach and played in the amazingly shallow water, as one should when visiting Bear Lake.



We did make a visit to the Minnetonka Caves, which were awesome.  And well worth the 800+ stairs.  



We also tried Bear Lake's "famous raspberry shakes".  But, take my advice, always stick with chocolate.  

And we of course explored the campground and took note of what spots we want next year. 






We even got to play games once the kids went to bed.  I can't remember a recent camping trip where I have had any energy left to play games at the end of the day.  It was good for my soul.  



The only real stress of the trip was getting the paddle boards from the rental place to our beach spot.  Next year though, we'll have it down.




Back to real life after an amazing camping trip with some of our favorite people.  And yes, we wake up looking this good. 



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Nana
Glad you got to have a relaxing vacation. Looks really fun!

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