(Lake Alpine with clouds on top of the water.)
There is no better way to start a weekend then with a picnic...just the two of us.
We found a quiet little place to hide away.
Laid out our blanket. This is a blanket I made some time ago. It was make from the plaid shirts my boys wore as little boys.
Ready for lunch....nothing like a private table with a view.
I have come to realize that many "Happy" things just don't happen on their own or just because we want them to....it takes "doing" on our part to make it happen.
This day will never come by again....we made this picnic happen.
One of the things we have always wanted to do to the cabin was to extend the front deck. It is so pleasant and shady there in the afternoons...so Danny thought extending the porch would give us extra outdoor space.
Last week he took the first steps...by digging holes and framing them out ready for cement this week.
(also notice how dark the log are...hoping one day to change that too, to look something like this.)
Our logs can be made lighter by sandblasting....sometime in the future. =)
Okay, back to the porch....
The extension will add 10 more feet to the front porch.
We came up Thursday evening to get ready for the cement truck on Friday...we took advantage of the time and burned a pile of twigs the Grand-kids picked up. (Thanks Preston and Carlee)
While Danny was getting ready for the cement truck to show up...I worked on a few project in our room and the kitchen- (just a little organizing)
The day was beautiful....and surprise, the cement guy actually showed up on time.
I even helped a little with the finish work.
Now... because our busy time at work is just about to start....the next step probably won't happen until spring....but at least the cement is in.
It has been a tradition for me to gather up my two nieces Ashlee and Mikayla (and Carlee, she is my granddaughter) and take them out for a girls day. Usually it is just a day event, but this year we made it a sleep over.
We thought swimming would be fun at Lake Alpine....and it was...but a little too cold. A storm was making its way in.
We had a fabulous lunch at the lodge restaurant....fire in the fireplace and all.
Jewelry Tray- I got the idea from this site.
Each of them put their own special touch on them.
The evening would not be complete without a little "fire" time.
We had special visitors stop by throughout the night....just checking out the fun.
Love these girls! Happy Day
Thursday we arrived early at Big Trees State Park for an early morning hike. (while the weather was cool and we had the path to ourselves.) If you are going morning is the best time, no crowds and plenty of time to yourself.
Many photo opportunities along the way.
Yes, they are amazing!
Be still my heart....what a blessing.
Walking through a fallen tree, and Carlee's ballet toes.
We have walked this path many times....but it never grows old.
Carlee, you can make it...with a little help from Aunt Shannon.
It's tradition now...you have to stop and have your picture taken at the Twin Sisters.
What a wonderful hike!
A quick walk through the visitor center and then we were off to swim some more at the lake...then get ready for our night out on the town.
Sound of Music
What a darling play...the girls just ate it up! I think they are still singing the songs.
If you are in the area...or even if you have to drive a little...go see it...so much fun. The music was great.
I want to go again.
What a wonderful way to end our night!
The next morning we packed up the girls and on our way home stopped in at the Moaning caverns.
Get ready to get your stair master on! Die now! Going down easy...coming up..not so much.
The cave monster behind us.
I can't begin to express how wonderful it was to have these girls together and to have Shannon with us.
Sweet Happy Day!
We hated to see it come to an end.
Love these ladies.
Part two of our trip with Shannon and Anna was to spend it at the cabin- See part one here.
Because we have this awesome light in the morning on the front porch of the cabin....I couldn't let it pass without taking a few pictures. This was Shannon and Anna's first time at the cabin. Carlee joined us on this part of our trip....because Anna and Carlee love to be together. They are the same age- Anna is 7 months older.
The first day at the cabin we just played- first activity....the spa.
Do you want to "burn" a snowman? Come on let's play. =)
Let's swim around the lake on inter-tubes.
Craving their names on the Bunkie log.
Our first day at the cabin...was just a simple ordinary day...but oh so fun.
Day two coming soon.
Saturday, we started the day with a yummy breakfast...of French toast with coconut syrup, crepes and fruit....and to top it off, we ate outside in the morning air.
After the girls had gone to bed I prepared their pie boxes....ready for pie class. Click on this link to see what was inside.
After breakfast we took the girls out on the front porch for a little picture taking with their box. (smile}
Okay now it's time to get serious... Pie time!
Lets do this!
Ready for the oven.
What a wonderful time we had! Thank you, thank you Sam for taking such good care of us! The food was divine. Dinner, Breakfast and you even had time to make us the Ultimate Club Sandwich!. I am blessed to be your Mom. Love you tons!
And Ladies, you make everything fun! Thanks for being my friends.....what can we cook next? =)
While we were away playing in the sand, Sam was busy making dinner for us. The plan was to come back to the cabin after building a sandcastle, get dressed up for a dinner at dusk in the woods.
Sandi, Bree and I earlier in the day set up the tables, lights and a few decorations.
Our salad was served in vintage tea cups....sorry for the fuzzy picture, it is hard for me to take pictures when it is dark.
On the Menu-
Sam was so wonderful to take a day away from his family and come to teach, cook and clean for us! Wow, we were lucky!
Part of the reason I wanted the ladies to dress for dinner was so I could get a picture of them in the woods....kind of a twilight meets the woods theme.
I kept teasing Bree that Edward was right behind her. =)
One by one I had the girls come out to the ferns for a picture....I was losing the light fast...so sorry if some of these pictures are fuzzy.
After dinner we sat around the fire-pit and shared some of our own personal history...we even got Sam in on it. What a wonderful evening.
We ended the evening by getting in the Hot-Tub (We didn't stop the party until around 2am....sorry Sam, he was sleeping in the bunkie and I'm sure we kept him awake)
Morning clean up-
So much fun has already happened and we haven't even started the cooking class....that will be next!
When the girls arrived for "Pie in July" with Sam.....I let them get settled in and then I explained to them that we were going to go on a "bucket list adventure". (the kit above is what I gave them)
Building a large Sandcastle with my friends was on my bucket list.
So off we head to White Pine lake....but it was very crowded...so....I asked the girls how they felt about going to a private lake? (yes, I know I'm leading them down the path to mischief.) We all agreed to go...but if there were parties etc. happening we agreed not to crash their party. ( we are nice that way ;)
Score...it was pretty quiet there....
We gathered up our buckets and went to work....but first we had to sketch out our sandcastle design.
It was fun....and I think our castle turned out pretty good...I think I need to do this more often...it felt a little strange to play. Need to play more.
We had so much fun...after we built our sandcastle we sat at the table eating fruit, crackers and cheese.
One more thing checked off my "Bucket List"
I have so much more to share with you about Pie in July with Sam....it may take several posts.
PS. we left the Private lake on our own free well....glad we didn't get kicked out. =)
We headed back to the cabin after this to "dress" for Dinner in the woods....that's coming up next.