Tuesday, July 02, 2013

{Pettingill Reunion: Bear Lake}

We spent 5 days at the end of June in beautiful Bear Lake in northern Utah.  Trevor's mom and sisters did a great job securing an amazing house to accommodate the whole family.  This was our view and the house we enjoyed all week!  Amazing right?!  

After a 16 hour drive, we were so ready to be there!  The kids were troopers and we traveled straight through on Wednesday arriving just before dark.  

We wasted no time in getting to the lake on Thursday.  The kids were in heaven in the heat and sun (that had yet to show up in Seattle!).  

 Addy had the best time with her little cousin, Elle.  She doted and loved on her the entire time!  The rest of the cousins are boys...so the girls need to stick together!

These 3 boys, all super close in age, had the best time together.  Muddy and sandy and all. They loved it!

We rented a Seadoo the first day and everyone had a ball.  Rylan is the dare devil.  Carson warmed up pretty quickly.  Addy and Miles were the timid ones but still enjoyed it.  The 3-seater makes it harder to do tight spins, and it's almost impossible to fly off the thing, but it was still super fun!

The next day was the boat day!  We dragged Uncle Tyler along and had the best afternoon on the lake.  We aren't big boat people and don't get a chance that often to play on the water, so it was a real treat!  

Trevor did an awesome job as boat captain.  

They loved the flag job at first, but the novelty wore off pretty quickly.

Ry was our dare devil once again.  He probably went 5 times on the tube and one ride lasted over 20 minutes. He never tired of it, begged to go faster and smiled the entire time.  The entire boat rental was worth it just to see Rylan love it so much.  (Of course, we never flipped him...it would have been all over had that happened).  

 The water was FREEZING (and I mean super, super cold! Yah, Bear lake is at a really high elevation and at the end of June the lake has barely started to warm up).  But we still jumped in and tried water skiing.  My kids haven't ever done that before. They each said they would make 2 attempts (hardly enough time to get the hang of it), but the water was just much too cold to stay in longer than that. I was so proud that they both got to the seated position before tipping sideways (Addy) and letting go of the rope (Carson).  It's a tough thing, but I think they will have confidence to try again sometime.  

Even the old people had a go at it.  Skills, baby (not really).  Just easier to be up out of the water than IN it.  

We had access to the neighborhood association pool, which we hit each day after the lake and on Saturday all day.  The kids could just LIVE in the pool and got so tan during those 5 days!

All the cousins! (Missing Evee and Owen terribly!).  

Anne and I got our pool games on and had some swim and tube races. Anne dominated. Obviously. She's awesome.

Not pictured is our daily trek to get the famous Bear Lake Fresh Raspberry shakes. Oh my, so amazing!  

Carson and Kai waiting for their shakes! Carson just loves  his cousin Kai.  Adorable.

Our last night...it went by so quickly!  

Even though the drive long, it was so worth it to be with these guys in such a beautiful place!  


Tyler 9:46 AM  

Such amazing pictures! It was so much fun to spend time with everyone! Thanks for posting these!

Reese 4:09 PM  

Awesome trip! Such great memories. You are awesome parents doing the water toys! Just slap that family pic on your Christmas card...;)

Kara Pothier 10:39 PM  

We have a similar sized family and have looked at going to Bear Lake - can I ask where you found this rental??


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