Sunday, September 7, 2014

Labor Day In Big Bear

I meant to do this post early last week, but time got away from me.  Whoever said that after your kids were raised you would have nothing but time, was nuts!!!!  Maybe nobody ever said that, but I used to think that. Now that I am in that season of my life, I am finding this to be very far from the truth.  But that's okay.  Life has been filled with good things!  Great things!  Happy things!  BUSY things!
Our oldest daughter Gennifer and her family went up to the cabin first, on Friday.  We joined them on Saturday morning.  We all got on the boat, and spent the entire day on the lake!  The girls were so excited to fish!!!  But first Geeps had to do a little work on the motor to get her purring just right.  The girls supervised.
We got out on the water, and it was beautiful!  Probably the best weather we had experienced all summer long.  Warm sun, gentle breezes, and boats everywhere!  Lots of boats!!!!
The girls got busy fishing after Geeps and Jake got their poles all set up.
Claire was so happy with her fish!
Hannah was so certain she wanted to go swimming.  So she began to go down the ladder off of the back of boat.....
They discussed it for a while, and then down she went.
Then straight back up, she came!  That water is COLD in Big Bear Lake!  She decided to get wrapped up in my sweatshirt instead.
We had such a good day.  
Gennifer and her family went home that night, and the following morning, our middle daughter Erika, and her family arrived to spend the day on the boat.
Friends of ours recently bought a beautiful home on the lake, and were not using their place over Labor Day.  Mike told Greg to use his dock, so we just walked down to get on the boat that morning.  You can see how low the lake water is!  That area where we are walking is usually all under water.
Noah loves to help Geeps drive!
Geeps told Noah how to read the fish finder, and he was fascinated with that all day!  He would tell us just how many fish were beneath us, and where they were.
Erika and her fiance, Neal.
Neal has a little girl named Linkyn.  She is one year younger than Noah.  The kids get along really well.  And Neal is a great guy!  The more we get to know him, the more we like him!  Here are Linkyn and Noah waiting for their first hook up.
I think the first fish of the day was caught by Neal!  He wound up catching about 3, I think.
Then Linkyn caught her fish, on her pink princess fishing pole!  She was scared of it, and wanted nothing to do with it.  Can you see her hiding her face into Daddy?
I loved watching Neal with his little girl.  I put this picture on Insta Gram with the caption, " She thinks we're just fishin'"
He is very good to Noah too, and of course to Erika!  
Finally, Noah caught his fish.  He was thrilled!
And so were we, that they all caught fish!!
We store them in a bait tank to revive them, and then put them back into the lake.
Bye bye fishie.  We will catch you again when you are bigger!!!
We stayed on the lake til the sun was nearly setting.  We had such a great time!
We brought the boat in and went back to the cabin to clean up.  It was our 35th Anniversary, and we had dinner reservations at our favorite restaurant in Big Bear, The Sweet Basil.  Erika and Neal and the kids went into town for dinner, and then headed back down the mountain.
We had two perfect days with our daughters and their families.  Our son and his girlfriend couldn't come up this time.  Greg and I enjoyed a fabulous meal, and then got up the next morning and went to our favorite place for breakfast.
Greg went fishing.  I went into town to do a little thrifiting.  Came home empty handed.  A first for me!  Stopped at the yarn shop that I like in Big Bear City to pick up some more of the yarn I love using to make dishcloths.  It is made by Lion, and it is half cotton and half acrylic.  It feels so nice in your hands while working with it, and it makes such nice cloths that dry really fast!
I can't find it down the hill, so I get a few skeins when I am in Big Bear.
We walked down to Boulder Bay Park and took a couple pictures of how low the water is.
We are sure hoping for a wet winter!  We had a perfect weekend at our "Happy Place."  Greg is actually up there right now, fishing.  He left about 5 this morning, but I didn't feel like getting out of bed to join him this time.  The weather is UGLY here!  HOT, and muggy!!!  Awful!  I am sitting in the house watching old movies.  I just saw Karate Kid.  I had never seen it!  Good movie!  Now I am watching Karate Kid 2.
Have yourself a good day!  I  have another busy week coming up.  A lunch date with a good friend tomorrow, and Grandparents day at the kids schools, and lots of fun things.  I am also getting my house ready for Fall.  Even though it is still very much summer outside!
Be happy!
XO Kris


Jeanna said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Greg! Looks like a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for sharing the yarn for dishcloths too. I would like to make some for gifts.

Enjoy your busy week.

From the Kitchen said...

Looks like a perfect family weekend! Happy anniversary to you and Greg!!


Mereknits said...

YOur family is growing with even more lovely people, that is such a blessing. So glad you had a great visit with everyone in your favorite spot.
Hugs to yo and Happy Anniversary,

Betsy said...

What a wonderful weekend it sounds like you had with your family. One more thing we share, Labor Day weekend wedding anniversaries! I think we're long lost best friends!
Loved the pictures of your kids. Your family looks so happy to spend time together and what a special place to be.

Deb~in~Denver said...

Looks like a wonderful weekend! Beautiful pictures. Love Noah's toothless grin. Happy anniversary!!

Debbie said...

Glad you had such a good time in Big Bear! Love that place too though I haven't been in quite a while. Great pics. The kids are getting big. Enjoy your week!

Gracie Saylor said...

Happy Anniversary, Kris! Your celebration sounded perfect. Thanks for sharing your happily growing family :-) We are still having weather in the 90's up here in Portland which is amazing to most of us who are used to more wet and clouds! Wishing you and yours a happy week! xx

Teresa Kasner said...

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *A*N*N*I*V*E*R*S*A*R*Y*!*!* to you and Greg.. you are both amazing people and I'm glad you found each other. What a fun time you all had and I'm glad your daughter has found such a neat guy. What is the story on the schooner in that one photo? You are lucky to have Big Bear as your "Happy Place".. you're so fortunate. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Taciana Simmons said...

It looks like you had a perfect family weekend. Happy aniversary my dear friend.

Val said...

I can't believe that I have never been to this beautiful place. Your pictures are lovely.

Holly said...

Love the pics from the lake. The kids all look like they are having such a great time. Happy late Anniversary. Love ya!

priscilla said...

What a great weekend Kris !Happy Anniversary !

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Such a full post of fun and family. I love your "Happy Place" Kris! All the kids are so lovely and so excited to be with all of you. So happy you were able to get so many together, not always that easy. I love a good watch old movies day too. I hope you have a great week ahead. (sounds busy) xoRobin

Pam said...

Happy anniversary! Today is our 13th wedding anniversary - time flies when you have a great husband.

It looks like you had a fantastic time at the lake.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Happy Anniversary, Kris! This looks like a WONDERFUL weekend! And I agree...since my kids left home, I seem busier than ever lol!

Home Meadows said...

What a great family getaway. Big Bear Lake will hold so many dear memories for your grands. Happy anniversary to you and your hubby and wishing you many, many more. Hugs, Heather

Jill said...

Happy anniversary!!!! Looks like a wonderful time and so relaxing! :-) The kids smiles say it all! Wow I can't believe you've never seen the Karate Kid series! I loved watching that when I was younger. :-) Hope you have a wonderful Monday!


Nana Go-Go said...

Reading your posts is like watching a little home movie. What a lovely time you had up at Big Bear and the children all look like they were having fun. I hope they will carry these memories with them for all time. Happy Anniversary to you too - that is quite an achievement! Thank you too for popping over to mine. I stupidly deleted your comment, along with a few others but I managed to read it before it went off into the ether!!I had my 'stupidly tired' brain on that day! Thanks for a great post, Kris, with all those fab pics. Just wonderful. x

Kerri said...

Happy 35th Anniversary to you guys! I like Geeps' new look with the beard!
Looks like a wonderful weekend with your family. I especially like the picture of Neal looking at Erica...looks like love to me!

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NanaNor's said...

Hi Kris, Loved seeing the beauty of the lake-such blue water. Sounds like a perfect weekend. Happy Anniversary to you and hubby! Isn't it amazing how quickly our days fly by and how busy we stay!
Have a fantastic day my friend.
Hugs, Noreen

NanaNor's said...

Hi Kris, Loved seeing the beauty of the lake-such blue water. Sounds like a perfect weekend. Happy Anniversary to you and hubby! Isn't it amazing how quickly our days fly by and how busy we stay!
Have a fantastic day my friend.
Hugs, Noreen

Karen L. Bates said...

Wow, you sure have been busy this summer, canning, crocheting, knitting, playing on the beach, boat, yard, chickens, preparing and canning food...need I say more? You are just awesome, wish I had your energy!

It's great to know you are having a wonderful time.

Susanne Tyree said...

*~*~*~Happy Anniversary~*~*~*
From all those nice pictures I would say everyone was enjoying themselves. This has been a busy summer for you. I bet you are feeling the load has gotten a bit lighter now that your garden is just about done.....but the pumpkins, I imagine they will be coming out soon along with the rest of the decorations. Hope you have a good week.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Linda said...

Awesome weekend with your precious family♥️
Did Greg grow a beard? Hahaha!
Enjoy the rest of your week...
Linda :o)

deb said...

looks like a great weekend and I LOVE that song, she thinks were just fishin!

corners of my life said...

You have such a busy and full life.
What a blessing.

Patty Antle said...

What a wonderful time you had at your Happy Place! Such beautiful pictures. I didn't know you could make dish cloths out of a mix; I thought they had to be 100%cotton. Enjoy your day!

Kathleen Gardner said...
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Kathleen Gardner said...

Happy anniversary to both of you! Anway, it's always a nice experience to go fishing with the family, especially on a fine day like that. With that fish finder on your boat, you would always know where the fish will be plentiful. Also, Linkyn must have realized that fish aren't scary and would return to the lake afterwards. Hopefully, your next boating trip would be as fun as this! Take care!

Kathleen Gardner @ Bid2Fish