A Journey with Love and Laughter

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Kushog Family Reunion

We had our annual family reunion at Kushog Lake.
It was a smaller group than previous years, but we still had fun!
Of course the first thing everyone wants to do is go in the lake
This has a big and deep lake so Katheryn was going to be able to try out all of her swim gear!
(Even though she doesn't look very happy, it is a "not another picture mom!" look)

Nick is finally cleared for some swimming, so he was all set to go as well!

The water was beautiful and they would spend all day and night in the water
Instead they swam back and forth between our neighbor and our dock

Nick found the flippers to get in the way more than help. So we took off his braces and flippers and he could move around much better

We were camping this year. The kids were really excited to be sleeping in a tent.

I had thought we would all share the big sleeping bag, but Katheryn wanted to be in her own space.
I hadn't brought an air mattress for her, so we ended up with a lounge cushion.

In the morning we had a tent-crasher! Jeremy liked camping
And Katheryn wanted to sleep with Nick and I the second night

Katheryn and I also spent some time Pokémon hunting

Rory found her lounging spot

We went first got to the cottage, Rory liked being on the dock. My father jumped into the lake and either she jumped after him, or she was knocked in. But she ended up in the deep water, and she wasn't happy about it.
She did swim back to shore.
Katheryn has been swimming so great with her life jacket and flippers that I wanted to see what she could do without the support of the life jacket

She needed ALOT of encouragement

But she did it!
I never had any doubt!
That girl is like a fish!

Once she made it to the dock and she was confident that she could do this. She was off! Swimming all over the place.
I think next year we will be swimming across the lake together

Nick did lots and lots of walking with only his AFOs, but it would tire him out a bit. So he did resting too

At night we had marshmallows and told stories around the campfire

And we played cards
Katheryn learned how to play Rummy with Laura and I.
And she WON!

Of course she wanted to play with us the next day
(She may not want to admit it, but she is a lot like me)

Jamie and the kids had a build-your-own lightsaber project

After 4 days and 3 nights it was time to go.
I had to work again Tuesday night, so we got to have a quick dip in the beautiful lake first

No one wanted to get out

When we started packing the car, Rory was all ready to go

I wish we could have spent more time this year. It doesn't look like we will be back this summer

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