Although we missed some people (um, Phil and Liz? that would be you. Oh, and you and your no-car-lifestyle, Harbottles), we still managed (somehow) to enjoy ourselves. In fact, while getting settled in on the beach, we ran into our friend Emily, otherwise known to you bloggy friends as DesignHERmomma. Small world. Small "Great" Lake.
As I have blogged numerous times before, my friends' aunt lives ON Lake Michigan. We have been coming to this beach since high school.
Last year, Eddie was only eleven days old when we came out to see everyone, and we didn't make it down to the beach (I couldn't go down all those stairs. something about an abdominal incision healing. whatever.).
This year we were excited to see one of my BFF's, Erin and her cowboy husband, Brad who live in Montana. Cort's BFF, Mat, was also in town from Colorado.
The boys did a LOT of swimming. The water was nearly 70 degrees and it felt great since it was nearly 90 degrees out!
A LOT of burying went on. Mat, then Owen, then Cort. We even buried Eddie's legs, but he really wasn't a fan. I don't blame him. I get claustrophobic when that happens too.
After hours of playing on the beach and socializing with old friends, we had to pack up all of our gear and head over to the marina because, my friends, it was time for Slippery's Pig Roast!
Cort's dad (known as Slippery to many) spent quite a few years helping roast a pig every July. We make an effort to get out there for the pig roast every year because it's a really great fundraiser for the Yacht Club and Cort's dad always loved it. MacKenzie and Dave were there as well as Grandpa and Grandma Sluiter. It was great to catch up and enjoy and event that was so dear to my father-in-law.
Of course the last event of the night was the fireworks over the lake. Each year the Swanbergs and Visels are kind enough to invite our little family along. Last year we had to pass since Eddie was so new and fresh and it would have just been too late for us.
But not this year! This year we slapped Eddie's life jacket on (which he is not really a fan of...I don't know why. Maybe because he becomes like a turtle stuck on its back when he's in it), and we boarded The Crystal Lee IV for a putz out to Kollen Park for some fireworks
Even though Eddie missed his afternoon nap and played in the sun and surf and was EXTREMELY tired, he was still in pretty good spirits for the boat ride.
Although he got VERY sleepy. Jake stroked his head and hugged him and told him he could just take a nap. It was so very sweet.
It didn't take him long though, to drift back to sleep for good on our way back in to the marina. He slept like a little rock all night.
So that today? He could do it again! That is right! Today was Beach Day The Second:
On the drive home today I realized just how lucky we are. We know people with lakefront property. We know people with a boat. AND we LOVE all those people and they love us back. Because of them, we spent the whole weekend celebrating our country's independence while out on the water. The weather cooperated. The water temperatures were perfect. I would not change a thing about this weekend. It was perfect.