Last spring, as in 2011, Nick's preschool put on a carnival that featured a silent auction as a fund raiser. Not really planning to spend any money, I nonchalantly walked around looking at the bid items, until something caught my eye: a weekend at a lake house about an hour and a half from us. Considering that my family pretty much only goes on vacation to visit extended family, I thought this sounded ideal. A little trip away on our own, a grand farewell to our time in PA. So I bid on it. My first bid ever on, well, anything. And then it was like I became possessed by bidding demons. I wanted to win this weekend away! I needed to win! I had to win! It came down to the wire and I WON! And then I was acutely banned from ever participating in a silent auction again by the CFO of the Goldie family, Brad Goldie. But to the Lake House we went!!
We had a hard time finding a time to go because Brad was traveling so much for job interviews, and then there was that whole problem of, well, winter. But we finally pinned down a time. It was the weekend after Brad's defense dissertation in May and about 6 weeks before our move, so it was great timing for us. By this point in time we were pretty much attached-at-the-hip to the Smith's, so of course they came with us, which made it even better.
There was a club house
And a play ground
And spring was budding
And I'm pretty sure we were all about this happy to be spending a weekend in the same house together!
And we're friends, too. Even though after I took this picture I showed it to Brad and commented that we look old and tired and his reply was "well, we are old and tired."
The next day we spent some time on the playground...
Then we did some fishing
Cora watched for about 30 seconds before she decided she preferred a more participatory role
Jessica ended up helping her, but when she was left to her own devices again...
After Brad fished the
thrown dropped pole out of the lake, I was forced to ban Cora from fishing until further notice. She did not take kindly to the news.
But don't worry, we made up
We also found entertainment in worms
And throwing rocks
Which Cora enjoyed for about 2 minutes until I wouldn't let her take her life jacket off
We also took full advantage of the swing set
On our last day the kids asked if they could "put their feet in" at the lake. You can guess what that turned into.
But don't worry we didn't let her