Hey everyone! It’s time for the annual Cass Lake blog post extravaganza! This year was met with many obstacles, so I’ll do my best to paint a purdier picture.
Here’s the first day! It was hotter than you know what when we got there. Like 95 degrees with 100 percent humidity. Serious. So getting in the water was our only line of defense. It was a risky move (first obstacle, swimmers itch!) but it had to be done for survival. HOTTTT.
Hmm. You know what. This may be the 2nd day actually. Where the temp dropped like 30 degrees. Hence, the towels wrapped around them. It must have been too hot for pics the first day. Yep, think that was what the deal was.
Kit Kats in the hammock. Don’t they look like they are enjoying themselves?
Well, not for long kiddies! That hammock is about to go BOOM! (not pictured, but you can picture it in your head if you like!)
Henny, always the life of the party. I want to say he was saying, “Poop!” here. Yep, pretty sure he was. Anything he says is pretty much entertaining. Also pictured, his mama and his baby sister Hattie (pictured, but not pictured, if you know what I mean.).
OH that Gpa Danny! Always a trickster!
Look who’s here! Rocko! He always has to make an appearance!
Sunset through the trees. Its a real bummer about not having a real clear view of the lake…you’ll see why later in the post.
Next day – back to the beach and water for more fun!
UB Pimpin’ was ready for some tubing! Could be the last ride! Ya never know what might happen!
The obligatory stop at Cedar Island (where Eric and I were married and Dylan was baptized).
We made tasty boat sammies!
Here’s the summer lovin’ couple. Kelli and her boyfriend Ryan. Oh and Mr Henny!
Eric and his boat. One of the last pics with it. My attempt at foreshadowing is weak here.
UB’s last sunset photo.
Kit Kats on the beach for their yearly photo together. We’ll add another to the pile in October when Hattie arrives.
Boopsy and Bopsy, all swimmer’s itch guarded up. That’s the pink sheen they have on them. A cream that was supposed to protect them from getting swimmer’s itch. It seemed to work….
Give her a kiss!
Hahahaha! I like how Addi is standing there like, “What just happened?!?”
Jamie overheard them talking while we were there. They said they are “best friends of the YEAR!”
UB pulling its final skiers. Are you sensing something bad is coming? You are? Oh good. Wasn’t sure I was getting the message across.
This is Eric skiing.
Kelli and Lulu went skiing too (ballsy!) but for some reason I don’t have pictures of them!! It really did happen tho! Kelli gets final skier honors. Because the next day…..
UB Pimpin’ sank. :(
The big waves overtook it before we could save it.
Eric had gone down to pull it out of the water and when I last saw him, he was driving away in it so I thought all was well. I returned to the campsite (where the view of the water is blocked by trees) and a bit later, Gpa Danny pulls up with an empty trailer asking why Eric didn’t show up at the boat launch with the boat. Ummmmmmmm?????? So we all rushed down to the water to see him in the distance standing in the water holding onto UB. From where we were, all still looked fine, we just thought maybe it had stalled out.
But as we got closer, he made bucketing motion and we all went OHHHH NOOOOOOO. By the time we got back (I’ll have you know I ran the whole way back to the campsite and nearly died! LOL), this is what we saw. It was too late. We had to just leave it at this point because the waves were too big and there was no way to stop the water from coming in anymore.
So we went back to the campsite and tried to forget about what had happened.
There was a lot of firewood available because of the wind storm last year and all the trees that were lost in that storm. The boys kept the fire going.
Finally the wind stopped and the boys went to work on getting our sunken boat out. Lots of spectators had reported a sunken boat and the forest worker guys were on us to get it out asap before the county got involved. This was the first method they tried (pushing the trailer out to it and cranking it up high enough to bucket out the water) and it worked! YAY!
UB floats again! But UB not so Pimpin’ now. I guess we should have expected this. Remember when UB failed us last year?
She made it out of the water and she made it home. But she won’t run again. Not on our watch anyway. Its sad because Eric spent so much time fixing up this boat and in an instant, it was gone. I don’t think he’s up to restoring it again.
Back on the pontoon! It was time for lunch. Sandwich station!
Chip station! We knew were to find Avos!
Gpa Danny and Many went looking for the mermaid.
Oooooh its the Uncle Eddie special! Salami, cheese, mustard and peanut butter. He said it was good!
This cracks me up. Same stance!
We conquered the island!
Avery’s signature pose!
Oh what’s this? My people not cooperating for pictures?! What?!
Oh Dilly. So cute.
Not the best picture but it will have to do. Next time, I am making them take the picture the FIRST day before any snafus have occurred. There will be no grumpy faces. Or tired crabby unruly children. Or itchy bodies. And hopefully no more sunken boats! You all are taking the picture when I say so! You hear me, Eric?!?!
Kacie and I were lamenting about how we don’t exist most of the time in photos. As we are the photographers. So we decided to change that. And take a picture. Of ourselves, ourselves. I asked Eric to take our picture and it was baaaaaad. He was sitting in a chair and we were standing and we each had like 15 chins. Sigh. Its not meant to be I guess, Kacie! We’ll continue to not exist in our children’s lives. I swear we were there people! Someone had to take your picture so you look cute and don’t have 15 chins!
Here’s another one he took. They were off in the distance.
And here, he cut off his own son’s head. SMH
More cousin time! Everyone loves to pose with Henny!
I soooo want a family picture on the bike trail but as you can tell by my rant about the lack of cooperation I get from them, I don’t see it happening. BOOOOOOO! Can’t you picture a fall colors photo right on this spot?! Who will come and take our picture? I have a tripod!
Here is the last day at Cass Lake.
Its always nice when you have to leave.
Avery has the special cream on but……she got the damn itch anyway! GAH!
I asked her to do the signature pose with me. Ya know, so I could be in a picture with her.
And here was the last attempt at a family photo. Wouldnt ya know it! The camera battery died after the picture of Avery and I posing so this one was with my phone. Lame. Sauce. Oh well. Guess it wasn’t meant to be.
Well, I hope it was still entertaining even with all the downer moments. We still had fun and enjoyed our time together. Until next year! (Or not, the people are planning a revolt! Lol)