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On of our summer adventures of last week was to visit Grandma and Grandpa Mabee in Bend.  We have such a complicated schedule these days.  All the kids are coming and going with so many activities that it's hard to get everyone in the car so that we can go "over the river and through the woods" to grandma's house.  We arrived late on Friday.  On Saturday we packed up and took the canoe to South Twin Lake, up near LaPine, OR.

We packed a picnic and enjoyed lunch on the lake shore while Chad played his ukulele.

John and I enjoyed a chance to chat... a rare occurrence these days.  At least we can still talk to each other... LOL.

I think John would have preferred to sit and read his book all weekend long, alas, we made him come play with us.

Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed the shade and the conversation too....

... and Grandpa tried a little "fly" fishing... ("Don't laugh.  You will encourage him," my mom says).

Lillian was in and out of the water.  Mountain lakes are a little colder than she expected.  To warm up, she rolled in the dirt on the shore.  I don't think this shoreline counts as sand.  She was one dirty girl.

Hannah couldn't get McKay or Chad to swim with her.  She did convince Chad to stand on a rock while she went swimming.  And she did get into a water fight with McKay.  At first, McKay won.  But Hannah did get her revenge.

Grandma took turns with the kids in the canoe.

Lillian loved the canoe and went out with her dad as well.

John even convinced me to get into the thing.  I'm not real big on boats.  Seems a little untrust worthy to me.  But I was brave and paddled around the lake for about 20 minutes.  John even convinced me to walk around the lake with him.  We didn't make it very far.  We couldn't find the trail.  Lame.  I know.

The lake inspired Chad to write a song with Grandma Mabee.  It reminds me of the week he was born when Grandma came to our house and wrote a little song, "Bunnies a lolly a Rie" with Kimber.

IN all.... a GREAT adventure.  We reluctantly returned home the next day after church and a yummy lunch.  Sure hope we can find time to do that again!


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