Two summers ago, we basically opted out of swimming because Tylee was so scared. It was beyond frustrating. Last summer, we swam quite a bit but she was still pretty timid about pools and didn't like lakes at all. She wasn't a fan when water got in her face, she had to go under, or water was poured over her head (in the bath). This summer, she is a total fish! Thank goodness!
Who's kid is that, waiting on the bucket to drop on her before she went down the slide?
 We have had the best summer and I'd say that 99% of it is because Tylee has found her love of water...just like her Mama!


4th of July weekend, continued

After our trip to the lake, we returned home to attend an annual 4th of July party that we always go to on Saturday. Some of my very favorite people are at this party, so it is always a good time.
Tylee, in her Stars and Stripes
We had yet to get the camper out this year so TJ pulled it to Parsons Lake on Sunday morning, which is only 1/2 mile from our house. We just needed to get it opened up and make sure the air conditioner was still working and everything was functioning as it should be. Thankfully, it was.  

That evening, a couple of guys rode by on some horses and offered to take Tylee for a ride. I really didn't think she would go but she hopped right on and he walked her around the campground. She was in heaven!

 We finished off the night with some fishing and smore making, followed by some more swimming at a friends pool on Monday. I cannot name one thing that was missing from this 4th of July weekend, which definitely clarifies it as one of the best weekends ever.


The best 4th of July, ever!

 Eight hours of vacation time combined with our summer flex schedule gave me just what I needed to make this 4th of July spectacular. It is one of my very favorite holiday's and I always make sure to make the most of it. This 4th was no different as we headed to the lake to start off our 5-day weekend!
We made it!
We got there about 6:00 on Friday Wednesday night and the first thing Tylee wanted to do was look for lizards with Papa. She found one last summer but Brax grabbed it before she could and the complaining hasn't stopped since! (My theory is that she was too scared to actually touch it so Brax snatched it up but she swears that is not true!)
They spotted several but Papa convinced her that she should just let them live in the logs, that way she could find them next time. It didn't take much convincing so I'm pretty sure she is a whole lot of talk and not much action. AKA - scared to pick one up. After lizard catching, we moved on to some fireworks while we waited on Janis and some of Tylee's 2nd cousins to arrive.
I had packed Tylee 4 or 5 different 4th of July outfits but before I was even out of bed on Thursday, she had on her swimsuit. So much for those!
Her cousins were headed down for the day to go out on the boat and Tylee couldn't hardly contain herself. Thankfully, they got there pretty early and we headed out on the boat.

Mandatory dinosaur visit. Thankfully, we are close!
Lindsey and Nathan had to head back to Chanute but left the big kids there with us. Throw Brynna into the mix next summer and these girls are going to be TROUBLE! (Ages, 6, 8, 10, 5, 10...aren't cousins fun?!)
We were up an at 'em again on Friday to do the whole thing all over again! It started with some coloring, beach time, boat-time, and more fireworks! I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
Pickle Sickles...gross!
  It was such a great weekend and I just love spending these days at the lake with so much family like I did when I was little. Most importantly, Tylee is making the same memories and relationship with cousins, aunts, and uncles that I have - just the next generation.
Hope you all had a safe and happy 4th of July!
(our weekend kept going and going, but i don't know if i'll get around to blogging about the rest of it)