We spent the day at the lake with our friends, chilling on the beach, swimming a little bit, and trying out paddle boards. And we did all of it with good friends and no children! It has been a very relaxing vacation.
We returned to Bloomington Lake with our friends, and this time I braved the rope swing! We also hiked partway around the lake and then swam over to the low cliffs you can see in the bottom right corner of this picture. I won't say how long it took me to actually jump from there into the lake, but it's clear that if all my friends jumped off a cliff, I would at least think twice. My mother would be proud.
Everyone has gone home, including the girls, who are staying at Grandma's house for a few days, and Chris & I are alone at the cabin, enjoying the silence and tranquility until our friends arrive for a kid-free weekend.
We came to this spot a few years ago. Here's Uncle Britton again, jumping from the rope swing. The most notable difference between this time and last time is that there is no snow on the mountains, so the water was much warmer. It was a beautiful day, and not only did Uncle Britton jump, but also the rest of Chris's brothers, his brother-in-law, and his sister. Everyone wore swimsuits this time, though, since his dad vetoed the underwear jumping.
Today was spent at the beach. Bear Lake is usually pretty crowded in July, but the clouds and the fact that it was a Tuesday kept most of the crowds away, and we had this little stretch of sand pretty much all to ourselves. The girls played in the water, rode on the boat, drove the waverunners, and attempted to waterski, and our nephew Nathan had the time of his life playing in the sand.
We spent our first full day at the cabin relaxing, playing, and just having fun with all of Chris's family. All the kids (and one or two of the adults) had a blast on the slip'n'slide, but Ellie kept it up the longest.
Lexi passed level 10 in swimming lessons today, meaning she has now learned all the have to offer at our local pool and they proclaimed her officially in "level pro". She's pretty proud of herself, especially since she started the summer in level 7 and only had two and a half weeks of lessons this time around!
Vicki broke her finger the day before we left for Seattle, but I didn't believe her until we were already in Seattle. The doctor we saw there wanted us to get it checked out again in a couple of weeks, so here we are. As you can see, it was some great mother-daughter bonding time.