Family gathering around the bonfire...photo by my cousin Lynne.
We had a beautiful week in New York, on Lake Ontario.
Glorious sunsets every night. It's so hard not to try to take a picture of every one, but I did manage to sit still and just watch for a while.
Bedtimes have been pushed (way) back, mornings have been lazy.
Dirty feet from being barefoot all day.
We picked cherries, which I realized I had never done before. Trees bursting with ruby-colored fruit, we could pick them by the handful. So sweet. We ate and ate and ate.
Sticky popsicle faces.
We enjoyed a day at the amusement park. The boys had their first ride on a roller coaster, which was big enough to make me squeal with laughter too. We spent time in the water park, riding in pairs down the big water slide. I felt like a kid.
Suitcases exploded in the tent, and yet I loved the outdoor living. Sleeping outside in the fresh air, reading by the light of the lantern, early morning yoga while the boys slept in.
Dinner for 50. It was an impressive gathering of family. I loved catching up, and it was fun to see my boys play with cousins (actually mostly second cousins) they just met.
We had one morning of fun with the boat. The boys and I rode the Gladiator, and Aaron got to go out riding and swimming with the big kids.
Singing around the bonfire. Aaron sang a couple songs with me as I played on my guitar, and it made my heart swell.
Burnt marshmallows. The best kind.
Awe-inspiring starry night skies. I looked up until I saw a shooting star. And then I looked some more.
I came home feeling refreshed, full of fresh air and love. It's no wonder this is one of my favorite places in the world.