Archive for July 2013

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July 22, 2013

Yes, I have been a little remiss in my blog-posting duties for the past several months.  You see, after fighting it for many years, I finally starting using Facebook.  And, obviously, this has consumed all my social-media time.  I’m going to try to continue to post some of the non-Facebook-type stories (i.e. ones that can’t be summarized in 1-2 pictures and a paragraph or two) here.  Wish me luck.

So, this past weekend was my niece’s 17th and my dad’s 72nd birthdays.  The whole gang decided to get away to my brother’s lake house for the weekend.

A jumps in while J enjoys  pizza in the water.  What isn't to like about that?

A jumps in while J enjoys pizza in the water. What isn’t to like about that?

K demonstrates the proper way to wear a life vest for leisurely floating in the water.  We call this "the diaper."

K demonstrates the proper way to wear a life vest for leisurely floating in the water. We call this “the diaper.”  We might also call this “NotNed gets killed for posting this picture of his wife.”

Dad loves to teach fishing.

Dad loves to teach the kids the finer points of fishing.

J was very enthusiastic about his catches.

J was very enthusiastic about his catches.

A? Not so much.

A? Not so much.

We were able to get A on the tube this time (with the help of cousin L).  J would still be on the tube if we didn't have to leave.

We were able to get A on the tube this time (with the help of cousin L). J would still be on the tube if we didn’t have to leave.

K was content to stay on the boat and look stunning.

K was content to stay on the boat and look stunning (see what I did there to make up for the earlier pic?)

As we were finishing up the last boat run of Sunday, the foreboding sky (and distant flashes of lightning) told us we’d better get back to the dock (since lightning + being on a lake = bad).  We got everybody off before it stated to rain.  But then we realized that we needed to get the boat out of the water since we were heading home.  Let me just say, you haven’t lived until you’ve hook up a trailer, sped around to a boat launch, backed up a trailer, and loaded a boat during what can only be described as a monsoon-like storm.  It’s especially joyful to back up a trailer when all your mirrors are useless due to the heavy rain.  Fun times.

But on the way home, were treated to the post-storm views of the blue ridge mountains.  Not a bad way to end the weekend.

But on the way home, were treated to the post-storm views of the blue ridge mountains. Not a bad way to end the weekend.

And you know your kids had fun when they collapse into their beds and immediately fall asleep when you get home.

And you know your kids had fun when they collapse into their beds and become comatose immediately after you get home.

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