Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer Summertime...

Uncle Andy bought a boat this year! We spent a Saturday on Lake Merwin, in Washington, with them. I have to say that a boat is a recipe for lots of family memories, and Zach getting to wake surf with Uncle Andy will definitely be remembered.  We all got a chance to perfect our wake surfing skills.  And the best best part is you don't wake up sore the next day!  

We also went berry picking with Grandma!  Kate was a great picker.  Ryan on the other had, not so much.  He really enjoyed eating them though. He LOVES raspberries and as he plopped each one in he said "mmmmmmm..." And I learned something new about my mom.  She picked berries every summer for spending money as a kid.  

What's a summer without going to the pool right? Ryan really enjoyed his first summer of swimming.  And with Bethany Athletic Club under construction for a fire that happened in early spring we had the pool practically all to ourselves.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Lake Donnelly...

Another two years have past with another Thompson Family Reunion in the books!  This time we went to Lake Donnelly, which is still in Idaho, but just 15 miles down from McCall, where we used to go.  We divided ourselves between two houses and walked the path down to the lake daily to make it all happen.  We had been pretty darn spoiled with our set up in McCall, but the price and temperature of the water was more than right.  We even ventured off the lake, on my birthday actually, to test out the Gold Fork Hot Springs, and ended the day bridge jumping, which was also a new adventure for us all, especially Zach.  He was terrified but peer pressure eventually won, as he conquered his nerves and took the jump.  Confidence was built that day!   

Almost everyone was able to make it minus Aunt Britt and Maddi.  They were in NY!  Both Zach and Kate soaked in having endless cousin time, while Ryan experienced life at the lake for the first time, which included falling off the dock into the water. It never fails that at least one toddler finds their way off the dock. So Uncle Jeff became his fast buddy and our third set of eyes! 

Other notable memories were Kate and Brooke having sleep overs together in Grandma and Grandpa's room, Zach getting up on the wakeboard, even if it was just for a few seconds, and me learning to wake surf without the rope. Fun times had by all!