|Daisy Queen Macy. This is my first official "daisy chain", having only ever made dandelion chains before. The daisies just grew wild by Sharon's house, fields and fields of them. Gorgeous!|
|Happy van prisoners, taking off for day two. Next time Boston gets to ride in the way back. He talked (read here-whined) nonstop.|
From there we went to Day Cousin Camp 2011, Lake Pen d'Oreille. (Did I spell that right? It's French and pronounced Ponderay.) Mark's sister Sharon was the hostess this year, and we were all super excited because none of us has been to her gorgeous lakefront home way up near Sandpoint, Idaho, despite the gazillions of times her family has come down to see us. I wasn't sure what to expect but I had a clue it would be awesome after my brother-in-law Doug mentioned that they had recently trucked in a few loads of sand for their beach and got a dock. They also had several kayaks and even a paddle boat that the little kids (and the grandparents) got to ride in. We ate lots of yummy food (Sharon also did all the shopping and planning), camped in the yard, played in the lake, went to church, watched fireworks, and performed in the annual cousin talent show. This year's talent show was topped by the jazz band provided by Sharon's family, complete with drums, keyboard, guitar and brass. Those teenagers really knew their stuff and were gracious enough to let my little ones try things out. I don't know how many times Cooper tried out the guitar. Cousin Spencer even taught him how to blow a trumpet, and we all applauded because we didn't think he'd figure it out. The piano was going full speed almost the whole three days we were there, but my nephew Justin did find time to play and sing a little Phantom of the Opera with me. He also played the organ in church. He is going to be in 8th grade.
Unfortunately I couldn't find the camera during the talent show, but I might have to get some footage of Leslie's Christmas in July song, Boston's march on the piano, and Cooper's skit with Mark. Very fun.
I also need to snag a picture from one of my sisters-in-law of all of us in front of the van with the windows painted with "Cousin Camp, 2011." Mark's parents drove it to church that way and Frances (my mother-in-law) remarked that the last time she had driven in a car with the windows painted they had said "Just Married!" I really don't think they minded much.
|Mark in the paddle boat with my three tinies. This was before they figured out how to put up the shade canopy. Cooper got quite good at peddling and ended up doing most of the work when we went out.|
|Leslie trying out one of the kayaks. Boston also tried out the kayaks by himself on the 4th of July (with one of us paddling nearby). He got it figured out pretty well but ran out of steam in a hurry, so he didn't go far.|
|Macy and her red shovels. I built this "lake" and river system with the boys.|
|Macy and Cooper played plenty of Jump Off the Dock. You can kind of see how pretty the area is. Sharon is on Bottle Bay, a long skinny bay off of Lake Pen d'oreille.|
|Coop shows no fear. A few days later, at Mom and Dad's, he also was jumping out of the boat to Uncle Jared in the middle of Willow Creek Reservoir.|
|This is NOT me--the sun was too bright to get a good picture of her face. This is Sharon, Mark's sister, the 4th of July queen. Our whole family walked part of the way across the "long bridge" on the 4th and trucks were honking at her.|
|Us on the Longbridge. 4th of July. It was very sunny and Cooper refused to open his eyes for the shot.|
|Macy in the daisy field behind Sharon's house.|
|Here is Macy in the tub with her closest-in-age cousin, Bridger. I thought it would be cute to make their hair stand up with bubbles, but Bridger's is too short, so Macy gets to be the sole conehead.|