I have Lake pictures oozing from my pores. And with the exception of Em looking a year older, they are exactly the same as the ones from last year. And the year before that and the year before that. I think this may be the thing we enjoy most about our annual trip to the lake. The weather is the same, the activities are the same and the food is the same - all excellent of course. Only the youngest of the children change in notable ways. Everyone loves the absolute absence of an agenda. Besides the guys' occasional scheduled t-time, there is no hurry, no hustle. It is all so predictable and yet so spontaneous. We know the kids will take multiple daily walks to the candy store and build sand castles on the beach. We know Auntie Glenda will make elephant ears and Larry and Jen will playfully argue over how to hang the lanterns on their awning. We also know Jen will attempt to coerce Larry into playing his guitar in the dim light of those lanterns and that Larry will give in, feigning duress. We know Ryan will spend hours dumping the kiddos off their floats and they'll laugh in delight, that there will be novels, magazines, newspapers and comics scattered over beach blankets, and that as the afternoons wax on, our little gathering of beach chairs will gradually move into the shade provided by Willows and Ash trees lining the shore. We know we'll probably visit the nearby Burrowing Owl and enjoy an incredibly savory meal and we'll also share a collaborative meal (or two) of equally incredible dishes at camp. Sentences start with Anybody up for...?, Who wants to...? and How about a... What we don't know is who or when or where and we like it like that. See you all next year!

And when a campfire is out of the question due to burn bans, twinkle lights and a s'more skillet work just fine.

If by chance, someone has it in mind to find a new locale for this little "reunion", please please please let it be one with a within-walking-distance-penny-candy-store. And next year I'm documenting the food. Oh Nellie, the food was good! These folks don't do hotdogs. ;)