We had our first taste of the crisp & cool weather of Fall this past weekend! We flew up to my parent's lake house in Idaho, for some much needed family time. I am always particularly homesick right after having a baby. While initially I was imagining our last weekend of summer to be filled with lots of boat rides & swimming, a cool cozy weekend was just as relaxing & fun.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves... It was no easy task actually getting to the lake. Our flight was delayed 1.5 hours, which felt so painstakingly long with a toddler & baby in tow. I am absolutely terrified of this exact scenario happening when I travel alone with the boys in two weeks. This is the stuff of nightmares. Fortunately Finn slept for most of the flight, so he gets a big ol' gold star for that performance. However, the gold star vanished when he screamed the entire drive (about an hour) to the lake house. If he's in the car, he's screaming. It's a real fun stage we're in. Real fun.
Somehow we all managed to survive that terrible awful drive (with Liam even dozing off, what?!). Liam ran right into the arms of both Nana & Pops, and even Finn didn't show any stranger danger. My hope is that we see family often enough, that they will always be familiar. As Liam gets older, he enjoys his time with Pops more & more (while Nana has always been a favorite). He was able to help harvest the garden, practice some football (his game is seeing some serious improvement), & kinda, sorta learned how to play corn hole. There was also plenty of time spent in the tree house which now has a beautifully landscaped sand
And even though the weather was on the cooler side, we still snuck in one last boat ride of the season! The sun was shining & the party boat just happens to be loaded with soft, cozy blankets. Liam insisted that he still wanted to swim, but we managed to convince him otherwise. We had hoped to do some fishing as well, but there was far too much rain over the weekend for that! The fish will have to wait!
I particularly love weekends at the lake, because everyone is on vacation! Nobody is rushing off to do this or that. Liam & Finn had so much family time... aunts, uncles, & cousins included. And any day now we will be welcoming another cousin to the bunch! As is typical for the lake house, the meals were exquisite, the cocktails plentiful, & the company simply the best! I indulged in some extra treats in the way of huckleberry cheesecake pie & some black currant cider from a local brewery. I always seem to leave our visits will a full belly and a few extra pounds!
I love every moment that I'm back in the northwest! Lucky for me, I'm making another visit back up there in only two short weeks! I can't wait for apple picking & cookie baking. Having my mom on hand to help at all times makes it much easier to get things accomplished. All the extra hands do! I love that going "home" is always such a vacation for us. We need many more weekends like these!