The day after Mason’s birthday party (previous post), we packed up our bags for cooler weather and headed to Lakeside to Lala and Papa’s cabin. Most of the Kerr side planned on spending the 4th of July holiday in the pines. I believe we were only missing my brother’s family since my sister-in-law was nine months pregnant with their third baby (but first son!).
There is something so adorable about little kids holding and awkwardly attempting to manage umbrellas.
We take the best naps up in the mountains, especially on rainy days.
Little toes are a favorite.
Baby Tatum came along for this big family weekend. She’s such good baby girl.
My dad has an old RC boat he had as a kid. We spent so much time trolling that little boat around the pond.
And practicing taking turns.
I appreciate so much how my dad takes the time to teach the kids new things.
Kicking back is what these two can do best!
Sailing pinecones down the creek.
My Aunt Gladys, Ardon and I went to the cute Show Low Farmers Market that Saturday and enjoyed the crafts, foods and weather.
After naps the boys helped decorate the front porch.
Then we went on a walk to the small lake/big pond in the community.
I love this picture.
The coon hats are so adorable.
Always so proud to catch fish. It never gets old.
We catch and release around here.
I believe it was Saturday night when we drove to Sunrise Mountain Ski Park to watch the firework display. It did start about 45minutes late, but it was worth it to see those fireworks reflect the beautiful mountain slopes and pines.
Anderson and I peeked out through the sun roof in my car, it was chilly and so much fun.
Daddy came up that night to spend the day with us! He’s always a good time.
And we tried the new quad out!
Papa gave it a try, too!
Anderson is a pro at this kayaking gig!
And with a little convincing, Mason did a great job, too!
It doesn’t take much for dad to jump in on the adventure…and surprised us all by not tipping the youth sized kayak!
Ardon even had a moment in the kayak by himself.
This kid and amphibians. So cute!
These two loved bath time together!
Little buddies watching Little Bear before bedtime.
Aunt Jelly and Uncle Austin soak up their time with the kiddos.
The next day was the Show Low Parade. It was such a great parade with all the community support and involvement. No one does community events like small towns.
The boys loved every minute.
They are the best.
It didn’t take my boys too long to get the hang of running around gathering candy the floats would toss.
This quote was so neat on this float.
Dad brought squirt guns to add to the festivity of the day!
Check out this trickster driving a skid loader!
It’s not easy trying for a family shot, but always worth the effort.
Fist bumps all around from the Firefighters.
We were all pretty worn out after all the excitement of the morning.
Happy Independence Day!
All American Boys!
And this one, too!
After naps, we decide to take the boat out to Show Low Lake for a few hours before dinner.
The kids had so much fun learning how to troll the boat around.
He’s got this!
Despite Ardon falling in shortly after this shot, the afternoon on the lake was a success!
We ended the relaxing, family filled weekend with a delicious Alaskan fish fry.
I am so thankful my parents bought this place for us kids to take our families and friends to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and to make wonderful memories. I am blessed by all my precious family members by the love, respect and fun we can all share together. I realize in this world that is a rarity to have as a big family and I thank the Lord for giving me a family that shows us how to do family love right, no matter how big or small.