Saturday we went out to my in-laws lake place at Newman Lake to open up the cabins. Jeff and the kiddos went out ahead of me on Friday night and spent the night. What a fun time for them. I myself stayed at the office until 11:00 pm catching up from the crazy week. I know that is warped to be in the office that late on a Friday night, but can I tell you how much easier Monday morning is when you’ve somewhat caught up from the week before. I can much easier relax and enjoy the weekend when I know I don’t have an unholy mess waiting for me back at the office . . . but I digress.
Opening up the cabins means a lot of yard work – mowing, trimming, weeding, raking and picking up of a Winter’s worth of pine needles and stuff. Then there is power washing the decks, dragging out the outside furniture, putting out the docks, planting the flower pots and of course cleaning the insides of the cabins. It is a long day of hard work, but there is immediate gratification to see all in order, ready for the Summer. The weather was beautiful so as we looked around the place – docks out, diving board attached and ready for Summer fun in the lake, decks clean and patio furniture shining ready for outdoor dining and relaxing, etc., there is truly a sense that Summer is coming . . . and it is going to be a great one.
The kiddos love being at the lake. When we close up the cabins in September, they always say, “How long until we can come out again?” And as the snow starts to melt in the early Spring, the question is asked again and again, “When do we get to go to the lake again?” And when they are told the date of the official opening of the cabins, they jump for joy! It is such a wonderful piece of their childhood. Growing up, I enjoyed boating on our 21 foot Fiberform cabin cruiser (called the Green Machine as it was avocado greed everywhere) on all the local big lakes – Coeur d’Alene, Pend Orielle and Priest Lakes. Those weekends are treasures in my memory banks and I an thrilled my kids will have a similar Summer experience in their memory banks.
Cole and Emerson love to swim, but the rule is, until the snow is totally off Mt. Spokane (which we see from Newman Lake), no swimming. Of course that doesn’t stop them from wanting to dip their toesies in the lake the minute they get there. In fact, they like to do everything that is lake activities the day we arrive. “Mom, can we get out the paddle boat?” “Mommy, can I get out the water guns?” “Mom, can we go for a walkabout around the cabins.” You get the picture. It is hard to hold these guys off and convince them we have an entire Summer to get all these things done! Anyway, Cole was sitting on the dock dangling his toes in the lake with his sister and cousins and as he stood up he “fell” into the lake. It is unclear as I was not a witness to the event whether he actually lost his balance or just decided he couldn’t wait for the snow on Mt. Spokane to melt (yes, there is still snow on Mt. Spokane). Regardless, plop into the water he went (just up to his waist) and apparently he said, “Jeesh!” with quite a surprised look on his face. Big cousin Brooke pulled him out of the lake. Not sure if he determined that this was a good thing or a bad thing. But, he at least has bragging rights that he was the first one in the lake this year. Crazy kid!
So, the cabins are ready and so am I. It is going to be a great Summer. I pray God will give us tons of hot days and that you and yours have some similar Summer tradition that you are looking forward to.
Here comes the sun!
Have a great week everyone!