June 30, 2003
a wonderful weekend!

We had a wonderful weekend. The whole family trekked up to Indian Lake to Jenn's family camp for the weekend. Dani was SO excited to spend the weekend with Aunty Jenn and camping and the lake (although she was also nervous about the lake).

We stayed in the boathouse, which had the advantage of when Ryan started bouncing in his bed at 7am, it didn't wake anyone up but us. But when I needed the bathroom in the middle of the night, I crept up squeaky stairs trying not to wake anyone in the main house.

The kids... ah, the kids. They both woke up at 7am on Saturday, which was just WAY to early. BEcause she was in a strange place, Dani came in to get us and refused to go back to bed, which woke up Ryan. We managed to hold them off until 8ish, but we ended up waking up everyone. Kids sometimes do not make a good start to the day!

Jenn made us a wonderful huge brunch on Saturday, and then we went out for ice cream for lunch (yum!). Dani thought this was just the coolest -- getting ice cream for lunch. Ryan turned chocolate. A bit of shopping, then back to the lake.

Ryan turned blue. Yes, again. This time it was his decision. He was in the lake and his lips were blue, and he didn't want to get out. He just LOVED the water. I bounced him and threw him and he splashed and splashed and had just a wonderful time. And Dani, once she got a noodle to swim with, swam all over the place with Aunty Jenn and tired Aunty Jenn out. *grins* Jenn even took Dani to swim a lap over to fisherman's rock and back, which Dani thought was fun.

Later that night, after dinner and after Ryan was in bed, Dani finally got her wish to go fishing. She'd gotten this into her head a while back (I think maybe because of the Barbie fishing pole she'd seen at the store) and had been dying to try it. Well, David had worms and a fishing pole, so he and Kevin and Dani fished. We've got pictures (well, Dave's got pictures) of Dani holding the fish she caught almost by herself -- Kevin cast it and helped hold the pole, but Dani reeled him in on her own. And also pictures of the one that got away -- they think it was about a foot long bass. Kevin and Dani had an amazing streak of beginner's luck.

And of course, now Dani wants to do it again, and now Kevin understands the fun of it (they let all the fishies go -- no fishy dinners). So Dani wants a pole and wants us to get a license so she can fish again when we go to Lake George in two weeks.

When we tucked Dani in she fell asleep right away without even an argument about going to bed. Then we (adults) went back over to the main house wherein wine and scotch were enjoyed, along with a game of Goth.

What is Goth? A trivial pursuit game for goths, complete with questions on vampires, goth music, serial killers, and all sorts of weirdness, and some surprisingly normal questions as well. Considering everything, we found it quite hysterical. And best of all... as you collect your pieces (gravestones) to win by answering questions correctly, you can also grave rob and steal pieces from the other players. So things just kept shifting around. It was loads of fun.

Sunday began with a bit of a letdown -- the indoor plumbing (one of the few conveniences) failed. So that made camping into a bit of an adventure, which I was impressed that Danielle took in stride ("Well, its because we're camping, so we just have to do this," she said). We couldn't swim again on Sunday because the weather kicked up and the wind was getting pretty bloody cold. But we did get more relaxation time (and I revised one story and started revising another) and some playing with kids and some sitting on the breakwater, and oh it was just SO beautiful up there.

I'm so glad we got to visit with Jenn & Dave & Michael. It was a great weekend with friends, and in a wonderfully idyllic setting. I would have loved to have stayed.

Posted by Deb Atwood at June 30, 2003 10:25 PM | TrackBack

Whee! Goth! Many, many desk shifts and late nights were spent giggling over that game back in the dorm. I am ashamed to say, however, that I can no longer remember the names of the five seminal Goth bands, nor their lead singers, even though Elissa used to drill me on it, 'cause I always fucked it up.

Oh yes -- when it doubt about a serial killer, just say Ed Gein. You've pretty much got a 50/50 chance. :-D

Posted by: BriAnne on July 1, 2003 11:50 AM

An interesting read! I'll consider what you said over my christmas holidays. I want Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure (BBC Radio Collection) for Christmas!

Posted by: Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure (BBC Radio Collection) on December 12, 2004 07:57 AM

An interesting read! I'll consider what you said over my christmas holidays. I want The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel for Christmas!

Posted by: The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel on December 12, 2004 10:30 AM
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