It's a tradition that's been going on for almost as long as I can remember.
We go to this perfect little lake outside Kalispell, Montana. It's a 16 hour drive from Colorado, and it's worth every long hour of sitting in the car. This year was a little more difficult with a one year old, but it was still a perfect little getaway, in one of the most perfect places on this earth.
This year, however, we missed Dad, Tay, Paige, Jeff, and Madden. Half our family was missing, and it was a little weird. A lot weird. Next year, the Willardsen's need to be a little more strongly represented!
We did have fun though! We laid out, read books, ate otter pops and drumsticks like crazy, swam, took rides in the paddle boat and on the paddle board, skied, wake surfed, and relaxed. It was pretty perfect. Bridger, of course, loved the water, and didn't even mind wearing his life jacket (thank goodness!).
Bridger even wake surfed with Toph! He definitely didn't love it, but I wasn't expecting him to, so it's ok. It was a good photo op though! Toph was a good sport and took all the babies, and was so tired after it was all said and done. It was fun to see all of them out there, though, and you better believe we'll be doing it again next year!
4th of July at the lake is pretty great. We did some little fireworks the night before, and B kinda liked it! He was pretty attached to this little tank firework (because it had wheels), and wasn't amused when we had to light it off. It didn't do much. He was pretty tired by the time we did sparklers, but was pretty fixated on them still. He really liked the big fireworks, though. All around the lake, people shoot off big fireworks over the water. It's really fun, and this year was no exception.
One week really isn't long enough, but we'll take what we can get! Already can't wait until next year....
And now for a total overload of pictures of the vacay.