Summer Traditions


Last year, I posted about our annual tradition of going to our favorite lake with our buddies, Sue and Ryan.  We started the tradition two years ago, and now we've officially documented our third year of going on this (mother-son) play date together.

This year, our visit was a little different than times past.  For one, the two boys were much more confident in the water; instead of building castles in the sand, the boys were more interested in swimming, swimming, and more swimming.  Another difference was that both boys were quite vocal about wanting ice cream for lunch;  it was tough getting them to eat something else before they practically inhaled their ice cream cookie sandwiches.  Finally, in years past, both boys would fall asleep in the car on the way home.  This year only my little boy fell asleep (for five short minutes).  Ryan was wide awake the whole time!

Here are a few pictures that document the last three years...I start with 2013, go back to 2011, and then finish with 2012.

Lewie swimming in the lake this year.

Ryan floating in the water this year.


Lewie and Ryan posing for the camera.

Just chillin' cause they're cool like that.

A final picture of the two guys hanging out after some swimming and ice cream.

The thrilling car ride home.

Still my baby...even if he did only fall asleep for a short five minutes.

Ryan (Age 3)

Lewie (Age 2 going on 3)

The Munchkins at the Snack Bar

Fast asleep on the ride home

Lewie (Age 3 going on 4)

Ryan (Age 4)

The two cool dudes enjoying their ice cream.

Fast asleep on the ride home.
Indeed, there's something to be said for traditions.  Some signify our culture, some signify our heritage, and still others simply signify our way of life.  I'm not sure if these two boys will end up growing up with each other for years to come, but if so, they'll have many fond memories and pictures to look back on...


  1. What a difference a year (or two) makes! The boys have really grown. I am so longing for a trip to some water somewhere...anywhere, really! Hope your tradition goes on for years to come and the boys continue to grow and enjoy each other's company.

  2. I love traditions! It is something Little Lewie will look back upon and smile! The pictures are great! Looks like a lot of fun! Hope all is well!

    Mama Hen

  3. how cute and great way to see how much they've grown! Precious boys being boys!!!

  4. Hi Annette,
    Happy Summer! We are always at Beardsley! We have a membership there and go often. We were actually there three times this week already to see Chris Rowland. He is a great singer and has fantastic educational CDs for little ones. He will only be there for one more week, so you should try and see his show. Hope all is well!

    Mama Hen

  5. What a fun tradition! We love our trips to the lake too. Second best thing to the beach, and on second thought, maybe better than the beach! Glad to see you enjoying your summer! Lewie seems like a little heart breaker.


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