Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Week in the Panhandle

We spent the second half of our summer vacation in the beautiful panhandle of Idaho!  If you have never been, you stop judging right now.  It is beautiful country, with lots of lakes snuck in between the mountains.  Spirit Lake was our home for a week, and lake living treated us well!  My parents have a lake house there that sits right on the water.   I used to say lake "cabin", but Conor continues to point out that it is a far from what most people picture as a cabin.   I wouldn't want you all to think we are roughing it by any means, so a lake house it is!

It was there that we celebrated the 4th of July!  Liam warmed his Mama & Dada's hearts by showing off his American pride!  Little L was obsessed with all the small flags that parents had placed around the yard.  He ran around waving it above his head every day we were there!

My brother's family joined us for the festivities, so Liam & his cousin Hadley (2 months older) had plenty of time to play!  They have become the best of friends; it is incredible to watch their relationship grow.  He calls her Hattie and it is just the sweetest little thing coming off his lips.  Bath time is always more fun when they are together, as is the crazy running around "naked nudey" time they have after.  Wherever the two of them are, loud giggles are always to be heard!

The days were hot, so we spent the afternoons on the pontoon boat!  This is the first trip that Liam was actually excited to drive the boat with Pops & blow the horn!  He was also quite the little water baby!  He would launch off the side of the boat without any assistance, then attempt a dog paddle back to the boat, & climb up the ladder all by himself!  He would do this over & over, sometimes 15+ times.  Over the past few weeks, he has really gained some confidence and is developing into such a strong willed boy!  Always up for an adventure!

One of the days we spent in Coeur d'Alene walking on the world's longest floating boardwalk!  Liam loved checking out all the big boats, while Conor & I did a little window shopping.  I can already picture the day that we buy our first family boat and are (hopefully) parking it on Spirit Lake!

The week was incredibly relaxing.  There is something about being at the lake that makes everyone slow down.  I treasure the time that I have with my family & all the little comforts of being home.  Everyone is such a big help with Liam that I actually find myself with time to enjoy my coffee in the hammock, or to watch the sunset for an extra few minutes with only the sound of crickets.  And all those extraordinary meals that I didn't have to lift a finger to make (unless I want to of course), those are the best!  We sure are spoiled when we're at the lake!

But the absolute best part of each & every visit is the time spent with family!  Living far away continues to be a challenge for me.  I have such a close bond with my family, so not seeing them for a couple months at a time is difficult.  I suppose it makes the time that we do have together so special!  The great thing I love about the lake house is having all of us under one roof!  I wouldn't trade anything for those late night chats on the deck & mornings full of coffee & maple bars!

Until next time...
which is hopefully soon!
I'm already thinking that we need summer vacation #2!


  1. So glad you got to spend some good time with family!!!! Great pictures!!

  2. It looks like you had an amazing vacation! That must be hard not seeing your family all the time.

  3. Wow!! What a great place to visit :) I bet it is so much fun watching Liam explore there! Noting like family time!!

  4. This sounds like such a great week! Liam is looking SO big in these pictures!

  5. Looks like so much fun!! Liam is such a little cutie...future heartbreaker, for sure! :)

  6. How fun!! Family time is the BEST, especially watching Liam with his cousin. I know we treasure that. Looks like a great vacation!! :)

  7. I've never been to Idaho but it looks BEAUTIFUL! I feel like I tend to stay close to home and don't branch out to places that I've never been but on my bucket list is to visit more states and this one will be high on the list! Gorgeous.

  8. you have the cutest parents. love when your momma makes an appearance on the blog!! :) and I love Liam with an american flag!!


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