Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Hampshire Vacation Part I - The Lake

We had our big week away on vacation last week. The first four days were spent visiting some friends at their lake house in Littleton, NH. We have been visiting these friends for as long as I can remember - even before kids. But back then we would spend the entire day hanging out and playing endless hours of pitch. Seven kids later between the families and our time together is not quite as relaxing, but always offers lots of fun. We happened to have picked the most beautiful week of the summer to visit. The sun was shining and it was the perfect temperature.

When we first arrived our friend's sister and her teenage son, Chris, were still vacationing on the lake. Chris grew up on the lake in the summers and has been water skiing since he was probably in diapers. I was very excited to be able to photograph him wake boarding around the lake attempting to land a flip. He attempted the flip a handful of times and not soon before he had to get in the car and head home, he landed the flip. It was so exciting to watch his determination and perseverance and then complete excitement when he nailed it. I got a bunch of great photos, but here are a couple of my favorites.

Between our friends and us, there are seven kids. They came one after the other over the last 9 years. The first 5 were boys. And then we were both blessed with our little princesses, who are only five months apart. This was a big year for both mommas....neither one pregnant or nursing.

Over the years, it has always been about playing and digging in the sand at the lake. But this year there was an awful lot of fishing going on. The five boys went through many containers of worms. Lots of worms were baited, lots of fish were caught. Thankfully, with all of the rods being casted ...there were no unfortunate hook incidents.

You don't have to be a boy to fish....just look at the two princesses.
There was also lots of boat activity. Chica made her debut in the tube, as did her princess friend.

We also brought along our awesome cousin, CC, because she is the best kid and the best helper in the world and we love her!

More big excitement when Jack got up on skis. He really got the hang of getting himself out of the water. I think he was particular inspired by Chris (above)!

And Ben used the ski skimmer again and zoomed all over the lake!

Other fun lake activities included kayaking,
smores by the fire,

swimming to the dock,

snuggling by the campfire with dad,
and, of course, the lakeside hot tub.

It wasn't too tough to take.


Liz said...

These photos are fantastic!

Cathy said...

Awesome picturs.. love the color and view on them...

ttm said...

These are GREAT. Those top two are simply fantastic action shots. The second one could rival any from the top tier sports photographers.