On one of the days to stayed on site for the whole day, I pulled out water balloons for the "kids" ;) I thought it would be a fun way to get everyone together and I may have wanted my nieces and nephews to remember who the "fun" aunt was :)
This has got to be one of my favorite pictures of my Dad! I love that someone caught this water balloon explosion all over my Dad. And I love Tyson's focused attention on his water balloon that I sent flying at him.
At the end of this game, a big water balloon fight took place. Don't think that my Dad held back at all. He was right in the action, attacking anyone in his line of sight. One of my Dad's favorite memories from the water balloon fight was when Taryn came up from behind and smacked a water balloon right on my Dad's bottom. Taryn ran away laughing hysterically and my Dad was shocked, and laughing! and my Dad later came to me saying, "I think that shows that Taryn and I have a good relationship. She's comfortable enough with me that she would pop a water balloon right on my backside!" I thought my Dad's view of this was the best.
Notice Taryn's face? She had just been pelted with a water balloon :)
So this is what the kids resorted to after the water balloon fight was over. I can't even remember who won but I do remember how much fun this kiddos had popping all the extra water balloons. Man - those "Bunch-o-balloons" are the best invention ever!
On this morning, we split into two groups. Those that wanted to do the hard hike (David, Ethan, Nataleigh, Seth and Cameron) and those who wanted to do the "easy hike" around the lake (everyone with little kids and those who were making the meals for that day) Ours ended up being a pretty mild walk around the lake and it was a most beautiful day.
The "hard hikers" didn't end up coming home until well past dinner and the hike was A LOT harder than expected. Thankfully, they brought enough water and had brought sandwiches with them. We hear the views were breathtaking for them. It was also a hard recovery for the hard hikers for the next few days.
Playing in the chilly water and on the dock never got old for the kids. They were loving every second.
After swimming, I wrapped an exhausted Haddie p in a towel and gently pushed her in the hammock. Someone called me from the cabin deck and I turned to answer their quick question. Well those few seconds was long enough for my wrapped up Haddie to flip out of the hammock straight on her face into the dirt. She was so mad at me. I felt so bad!
These ducks were a favorite almost the kiddos too. They had no fear and loved to follow the kids who dropped food. Thankfully they weren't around every day otherwise I would have worried about the kids being bit.
How fun is it to eat every meal with cousins. Haddie declared at this moment that the girls were "talking about our boyfriends"
My Dad does so much research into every trip and plans out fun places to explore. This was our adventure to the "Wild Center" that had bridges to cross, nature trails, bird exhibits, canoeing and so much more.
Taryn, David, Merrick, Haddie and Jacob
Kenzie and Margot
Haddie and Me
Nataleigh, Berkleigh and me
Brooke and Cody
This was a giant spider web suspended in the air. It was a lot harder than we thought it would be to move around in. Nataleigh did some tumbling tricks and we all had a try and getting around (or getting stuck!)
Tyson brought his binoculars to help him bird watch at this point in the exhibit. They had a lot a fun birds! We saw a Loon on this trip! The only way Tyson would be able to check that bird off his "life List" was by coming to the Adirondacks. He was one happy guy seeing this rare bird while canoeing that the Wild Center.
Tyson and Haddie loved watching the river otters play around. They are FAST!
We took a lunch break in the tents. Leave it to Dad or Grandpa Scott to coordinate an amazing lunch of meat sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks for all. So yummy and so needed to continue on with our fun and buys day.
The next adventure was canoeing behind The Wild Center. We had the best tour guides and we all had a great time. The kids under 6 years old stayed with Grandma Jackie and Cameron. Uncle Cameron is so fun with the kids. He enjoyed playing in the hands on center (blocks, puppets, fossils, water coloring painting etc...) as much as the kids did!
Brittany & Seth
Megan & David
The whole canoeing group
We had such a blast! This is where we saw the Loon too!
One of the nights we got to ice skate in the Olympic Rink. Lake Placid held the Winter Olympics during 1932 and 1980 .
Derrick, Tyson and Berkleigh
Cameron and Mom
Ethan's graceful skating :)
Haddie was such a trooper! She was determined to keep skating around the rink. She did a fantastic job.
Our whole family skating for the first time (plus a photobombed)
Haddie and Quincy took lots of breaks together. They had a fun friendship during this trip.
The ice skating group. (Poor Taryn's top of her head is visible, but not her pretty face!)