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21 August 2014

July at the Lake!

We spent most of July at my family's lake house in Holland, Massachusetts. It was so nice to be home during the summer and have the chance to spend a few weeks at the lake. Even though Owen was studying for the month, it was so relaxing to be by the water, kayak daily, lots of fishing, and enjoy some space to ourselves! On the weekends, my parent came up to visit, boat, and grill out. We watched fireworks over the lake on 4th of July, had the Brunetti's visit, the Allen's visit, my brother came up, my childhood friend Matt from across the cove came up, and we had dinner with some of the neighbors. I tried waterskiing again for the first time in years and actually got up for the first time ever on the adult size skis! We saw the largest moon ever one night, and the most amazing sunset another. It was a really great time at the lake, thanks again to my parents for letting us enjoy it for the few weeks! 

While in the area, I also managed a trip to Boston to visit with Alison while she was in town for a wedding. It's nice to visit the city in the summer, even though it's hot, it's so much nicer than all the winter months and wind that I usually see it in. We had lunch in the park, wandered around a bit, had lunch at the Top of the Hub at the Prudential, and stopped by Mike's Pastries for cannolis of course! It was a great day in the city! Another day while in Farmington, I was able to meet up Sarah Bouckoms for lunch before she headed out to New Zealand for a visit. Always love seeing her and look forward to hanging out again this fall when we're in both in Farmington again. We also went to a bull riding event with the Hanrahan's bulls, which was a cool experience, and a beautiful summer night in northwest Connecticut. We also enjoyed some dinners with the Brunetti's and Hanrahan's before leaving again, it's always great to see everyone! Although short, it was a great few weeks back in the Connecticut/Massachusetts area. Thanks family and friends for the fun times! Look forward to more this fall! 

The lake house

4th of July Fireworks
Owen's best catch
Boating on the lake, Hamilton Reservoir
Brunetti's come up to visit, taking Gabby on the boat

Love my little niece Gabby!
Owen and Jared fishing
Boating with the Allen boys
Post my first successful  time waterskiing!
First time up on the adult skis!
So nice to see all the water sports stuff out and being used
S'mores by the water

Absolutely stunning sunset!! No adjustments on the photos, true colors!

After lunch with Sarah Bouckoms!
Summertime in Boston
Swan boats in Boston

Make Way for Ducklings

View from Top of the Hub at the Pru
No trip to Boston is complete without these!
Let R Buck and Hanrahan's Sevens bull riding event

07 August 2014

Birthday in South Carolina

On our drive back from Florida to Connecticut, we decided to stop in South Carolina for a day to visit my Dad's cousins. It also worked out well because it happened to be my birthday, so I was able to have a really fun day instead of just sitting/driving all day! We hadn't seen Kathie and Wallace in almost 5 years, so we really wanted to make sure to get a full day in with them. We arrived late Sunday evening and went over to say hello for a bit and grab some dinner at fish camp, then had the full day Monday (my birthday!) to enjoy their company before leaving early Tuesday to get home. We went for a boat ride around Lake Wylie (where they live) then headed out to the farm for some shooting, four wheeling, blackberry picking, and grilling! Have I said before how much we love the south?? It was a great way to spend my 29th birthday and we were so thankful to get the time with Kathie and Wallace. Thanks again to them for showing us a fun day! Hope to see you again soon and not let another 5 years go by!

**As a side note....don't shoot prone in South Carolina...Owen got chiggers that are just now going away after a month!!

Kathie and Wallace's house on Lake Wylie
Birthday Boating

The cabin at the farm
Four wheeling, looking for blackberries
Shooting at the farm

Wallace watching Owen's shot through his scope