Fourth of July (aka Tarvanning 2013)

Last year, we began a new tradition with the Manning’s and Simpson’s… ‘Tarvanning’ (name will change next year when the Simpsons rejoin us again next year 😉 ). We spend the Fourth of July together, and its fabulous. We really love and miss spending our daily lives with these people, so spending time with them even for this one day is such a fresh breath of air and such a summer highlight for us!

This year we went out to my Aunt & Uncle’s lake property to enjoy some time on the beach and in the water, and so that my family could also spend some time with Em as well. I love love love it out there! The property sits nestled in this little bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene, surrounded by pine trees. No joke, this place was my “happy place” to visualize when I was in labor- that’s how much I love it! To me, there is no better way to spend a day than to be in a gorgeous setting with my family and a few of my closest friends all in one spot.

The trip started off rocky… Our car had a couple “issues” on the drive up. A 3 1/2 hour drive turned into a 5+ hour drive, with a certain baby screaming for most of it, and left me needing a stiff drink once we got to the lake. But goodness, once we were there… The week and weekend went a lot smoother. Thank God!!!

My pyro cousin (the same one that surprised us with fireworks at our wedding) put together an awesome firework show that Mister quickly jumped in to help with. It was great! Long after the ‘grand finale’, they were still down on the beach, acting like 8 year old boys with a box of firecrackers! He had so much fun.

Thank you, Aunt Sandi & Uncle Jim, for letting us come out to the lake with you! Thanks, Manning’s, for an awesome day with you! We love you guys so very much. Thanks, Mom & Dad for a fun week. There is nothing quite like an Idaho summer.

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