Bear Lake with a New Baby

Remember how last year there were almost no pictures of our time at Bear Lake? Well this year there are 100. As I was watching my kids hunting for grasshoppers in the reeds, I was struck this time by what a magical place Bear Lake and the Bear Lake house are. My kids have the opportunity to kayak, paddle board, jetski, canoe, play on that awesome water mat, hunt for bugs, catch frogs, swing, play with cousins, spend time with grandparents, build sandcastles, have silly contests and be in the middle of that extraordinary scenery. Now with the house we are able to enjoy it year round.

I also appreciate those that share their water equipment. That is very generous and kind, and I hope we have all been respectful and careful with them.

I spent most of my time feeding Georgia. We are still in the eternal round of breastfeeding, bottle feeding and pumping. The great news is she sleeps through the night. I very seriously considered staying home with her and letting Adam take the kids, but he convinced me to come.

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How can they smile like that?

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The water is FREEZING.

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That’s kids for you. They are impervious to cold when they are having fun in the water.

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Aunt Tricia took the kids on a ride on the paddle board. It’s hard enough to balance yourself. She’s got four extra passengers. Mad props, Tricia.

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The kids had fun with these kayaks.

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Adam and Brinlee headed out for a joyride.

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Sawyer paddling.

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Kimball and Sawyer cruising the lake.

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Here you can see the back of the house and our set up on the beach with the tent.

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Kimball gets to go out alone. In his better dreams. Nice try kid.

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The pilot has arrived.

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I cannot believe how blond Caisen is in this picture!

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Daisy Doll

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One of the best parts is we are surrounded by such spectacular scenery!

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Caisen and the other kids were learning how to pop whipped cream balls into their mouths. A truly necessary skill in life.

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Kimball ready for another try.

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Aunt Lisa helping Daisy on the paddle board.

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Brinlee and Sierra

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Sawyer and Ben

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A view from the house of all of us out on the beach and in the water.

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Of course this may be the best part: hot dogs and s’mores.

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When the weather is rainy or chilly we move the tables off the back porch and into the garage.

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Caisen wearing the froot loop necklace the grandkids made with grandma.

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Look at that view!

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Daddy helping Daisy with her marshmallows.

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So delicious!

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When the lake is really full it comes all the way up to this bank of trees.

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Look at that face.

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<3

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Ashley and Daisy

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They call him PyroGrow for a reason.

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Out in the raft.

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Daisy and Enoch.

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Digging a trench to make a river.

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Sawyer and Eli playing with (not my) phone.

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Grandpa and Georgia

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More s’mores!

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Grandma arranged for a professional photographer to come take pictures, which was exactly what I wanted 9 weeks post partum. Thankfully, we all wore beachy-type clothes, so I wore a cover up. The whole family.

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Grandma and Grandpa with the grandkids.

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Just the grandkids.

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The spouses.

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Our family.

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Release the grandkids!

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Most of the girls.

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Our kids.

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Our kids with grandma and grandpa.

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