We made the trek out to Eastern Washington for a week of camping at Lake Pearrygin.
This was the first time we had packed for this trip in our new house and let me tell you it was amazing. Normally we are drowning in the amount of crap we have to take for a week at the lake, but this year, The Great Gathering, barely got in my way.
And bonus, our car fit in the garage with the cartop carrier on top!
This was the also the first big drive we took in the new car and the DVD player was life changing.
There was still whining and crying, but nothing compared to normal.
Plus, Paul and I even had energy to eat at Denny's instead of McDonalds. Although we were questioning this decision when Miles was screaming and wouldn't get out of the car because he'd never eaten at a Denny's before and it made him feel uncomfortable. #lifewithspd
Our sweet room for the night.
Then it was Pearrygin Life for the next week.
Constant hanging out on the beach.
Miles was always on the look out for adults to share his wide range of knowledge and animal facts with.
GiGi and Teddi were quite popular the entire week and we had to keep a rotation going for the great grandkids to play games with her in her trailer.
Can't beat Pearrygin lunches in the shade with cousins.
We had a rainy morning and the kids wanted to catch the ducks that were all over our campsite. So, we caught ducks and each kid got to pet them. It was highly entertaining.
Then while we waited for the wind to pass we went into town for pizza, park, and ice cream.
Luckily, we only had one morning of non-boating weather. And the rest was pretty much perfection.
This year was filled with Sombrero riding
My afternoons were spent organizing the Sombrero rides and making sure everyone got a turn, adults included.
There seemed to be a bit of a learning curve with pulling this beast. There were quite a few crashes with lots of screaming children in the water and even hitting a buoy.
But overall The Sombrero was a huge hit.
And there was never enough time in the day for these kids to ride on it.
and Knee Boarding.
All the kids got in on the knee boarding action this year and life got much easier because they also learned how to deep water start.
Miles finally got the hang of it this year and loved it. He was always on the look out for anyone to go with him.
Notice Paul in the water helping the girls with the ropes. That's one of the great things about Pearrygin, everyone is always willing to step in and help when needed.
Adults got in on the action too.
We did our bi-annual quadruple kneeboarded with CJ and Shaunna and it always proves to be one of my favorite Pearrygin moments.
And there was of course some animal riding.
Brianne and I got to go on an evening kayak ride where she showed off her amazing rowing skills.
Lots and lots of floating. Dave brought along the crazy island from costco and it proved to be the favorite hang out while waiting for a turn behind the boat.
And of course non-stop cousin action.
Love these kids.
The ride back from Pearrygin is always an interesting one because we are extra dirty, extra tired, and extra sad.
Ruby looked like an insane wild woman on the 15 hour drive home and pretty much encompassed how we all looked and felt.
And it's not a trip to Pearrygin if someone doesn't come home with some sort of injury. This years winner was Macey with a black eye from knee boarding and sombrero riding.
Pearrygin 2017: part 1
We made the Trek out to Pearrygin this summer. As always, it was an epic/crazy/stressful time, that luckily was all worth it in the end. :)
it always takes us days to get everything prepped.
I had to use my new BYU bucket to mix The Pearrygin Lake Trailmix, since I do not have a bowl big enough to contain it.
Before we even got to the Lake we had to stop at our favorite candy store in the world and get a picture and treat.
The kids were non stop with the behind the boat activities this year.
There was a constant line and Dave, Pop-Pop and Uncle Christopher were kept quite busy driving the boat.
There was so much kneeboading this year.
Macey and Kaylin were pros and both learned how to deep water start.
Ruby and Crew rode on the back on Paul's kneeboard and I got to double next to them to enjoy it all.
Adults got in the action too and we desperately missed our 4th kneeboard.
Miles gave knee boarding a few good tries, but couldn't quite make it.
Although he did discover tubing and loved it.
None of the 10 and under crowd could handle the crazy rides he wanted. Which meant I got to ride with him. It was one of the highlights of the trip for me. He would freak out when he saw my tube flying across the wake towards him and then he'd fly after he got bumped. Then we both couldn't stop laughing, took me back to my tubing glory days with my cousins.
GTX got lots of action, but this might be it's last summer. It wasn't cruising across the water like it once did.
Macey was the offical Go-Pro handler on the kid rides.
So many happy faces, my favorite.
GiGi did her annual GTX ride, 2 months shy of her 90th birthday.
And Grandma B. and Gigi also had a few boat rides to watch the kids show off their tricks.
We bought these new little jet bob things and the kids had a blast on them.
And adults too.
There was also lots of wake boarding and skiing too, I just didn't get pictures. Although I did get this picture of Christopher skiing while holding a giant blow up gummy bear.
Another entertaining boat moment not pictured, was "Long Rope". It was essentially 3 ropes tied together. So, the boat would drive by and then what seemed like 3 minutes later the skier would come by the beach. We found it highly entertaining.
Pearrygin 2: Beach life
It was hot this year, which meant lots of time floating and swimming and hanging out in the shade of our awesome tree.
There wasn't much "relaxing" floating this year. There was always some kid that would notice you were alone and try to hop a ride on your floatation device.
Shaunna and I spent most of our time standing in the water managing the kid's rides behind the boat and the kids floating in the water.
We'd push the kids out and then pull them back with the ropes. Thrilling times.
And of course the kayaks got plenty of action.
Paul and I even escaped one night and got to enjoy a few quiet moments.
While boat drivers were having breaks and sun screen was drying, there was plenty on the beach to keep people entertained.
Lots of games.
We loved having the Great Grandmas there! They played lots of games with the big kids and finished an entire game of 5 Crowns with these 3.
book reading. Although, I only got 3 pages read of my book. Perhaps one day I might finish one again.
Ruby was always on the look out for Nana or Pop-Pop to play or cuddle with.
When Miles wasn't busy cornering people and sharing all known facts about bugs, you could usually find him with Teddi.
So much cousin time, the whole reason we came.
These kids had plans of how we could live at Pearrygin year round. They had ideas for a better kitchen, warmer sleeping bags, closer bathroom, and even plans for us to homeschool them. :)
These 2 will be best friends one day, I can tell.
The only downsides this year were Bugs and Wind.
My poor boy got eaten alive and swelled right up. Miles also got stung by a bee on his wrist. He looked like the nutty professor.
We lucked out and it wasn't too windy during the day, but come dinner time that wind would pick up and we could not get the Roadtrip to stay lit.
CJ and Shaunna had the genius idea to use the GTX as a wind shield. Worked pretty good and we got to eat warm food. The excitement of camping.
Love these people.
Always hard to leave them.
I love that my kids are getting to have the same memories, in the same place, that I got to have with my cousins and grandparents.
The highlights of my childhood took place here and I know my kids are going to remember these trips. Makes the insanity of the 15 hour drive, camping for 7 days in the dirt and heat worth it. And I didn't have a complete mental breakdown, so that is always good. :)
Pearrygin Novel part 2
Besides the people, the highlight of Pearrygin is the boating activities (with said people).
The Gopro has kind of been the best when it comes to behind boat activities, because it allows us to get pictures we normally couldn't.
And capture these kinds of faces.
Macey started taking the Gopro on the kid GTX rides and she felt like a big deal. We found lots of awesome selfies like this on the roll.
Kneeboarding was a very popular activity this year and I believe all the kids 5 and older gave it a try.
Miles wanted to go on the back of Paul's kneeboard, like he did 2 years ago.
But, it proved not to be as thrilling as he remembered, so he decided to try going on his own kneeboard.
He didn't make it too far on any of his attempts, but I was so proud of him for trying!!
Macey and Owen were the daredevils of this trip. Trading places on the GTX or double kneeboarding without an adult were just a few of the new things they tried.
I think Macey will be ready to try 360's on our next Pearrygin trip.
The GTX once again proved to be the favorite mode of behind boat transportation.
We of course had to get in our family ride. Ruby actually didn't seem to mind too much and actually smiled and laughed a few times.
The Rensink's even stopped by for an hour, so we made sure to get the kids on a GTX ride together.
I think it was enough to convince them to come to Pearrygin for more than an hour next time.
We were able to squeeze in a few adult only rides and I haven't laughed like that in a LONG time.
It was good for my soul.
People did more than just ride the GTX and kneeboard, but I don't really have many pictures of that. But, here's a pic to prove my kids have the coolest grandparents around.
Towards the end of the week, when we'd made sure to get enough use of the blowup animals, I let Paul and Christopher take them behind the boat.
It was extremely entertaining and we became the talk of the campground.
Never a dull moment. And only the Turtle didn't survive, not too bad.
We also stuck Crew in the boat, ALOT, to keep him out of trouble. Usually he got a little nap in and was contained for a few moments.
One of Macey's favorite things this year was when Dave would drive the boat, he would stop in the middle of the lake, if it wasn't busy, and let all the kids jump in to cool off. They thought they were pretty awesome swimming in the middle of the lake.
There was of course some sleep deprivation and the late afternoon whineyness from all ages (me included). But, I loved watching my kids making the same memories at Pearrygin that I did. Pearrygin was the highlight of my year as a kid, and I'm glad it's turning out to be the same for these kids.
Pearrygin Novel part 1
We braved the drive and elements again and made the trek to Lake Pearrygin to camp with my family for the week.
There were of course a few moments where I questioned our sanity, as to why we came camping with 4 little kids so far from home. But, early morning cinnamon rolls from sherri's helped make it worth it.
And it didn't take long for all us to settle back into the Pearrygin Lifestyle.
Don't be fooled by this serene moment, there are 3 wild animals sleeping in here, just waiting to break out and cause chaos.
But watching these cousins play made it more than worth it. Crew and Mason ran right up to each other when we pulled in and it was like they'd never been apart.
And these 4 were bff's just like always.
I rarely got to sit down and chat with people, but I suppose that is what happens at this stage in my life.
Ruby was eating up the Pearrygin Lifestyle and just ran around our campsites checking things out and constantly taking the Stephen's little blowup animals.
I didn't even think of opening a book this year, but I didn't mind too much. There was just too much playing and chasing to do.
Luckily the kids got to spend some quality time with the great grandmas and Nana & Pop-Pop.
And there was always lots of late afternoon reading sessions happening in the shade.
We did get a few game nights in, my favorite being a rambunctious game of Dutch Blitz, where we got to break in our new expansion pack.
We made as many visits to Sherri's as possible and only got chased away by the bees once (Ruby got her first bee sting here).
And we learned, don't sit by Crew. The bees just flocked to this kid for some reason. :)
This was one of the hottest years I remember, so we ended up playing less games and spent more time floating and playing in the water.
The lobster, turtle, sting ray, and dolphin blowups we brought were one of our better summer purchases.
Paul came up with the idea to do a floaty parade.
He got all the animals tied together behind the kayak, we got the kids situated on their desired animal and he took the parade on a tour past our neighboring campsites.
Cutest parade I've ever seen.
Next post will be about our all thrilling adventures behind the boat.