Sunday, August 23, 2009

Out at the Lake

What a busy weekend we had but first the end of the week was working on orders, getting them shipped out and cleaning house plus grocery shopping.

Saturday we went to our youngest son's 40th surprise birthday party put on by his wife and 2 children out at the lake and what a wonderful time we had. There were lots of relatives and friends and our middle son Dan and his wife brought their ski boat out and took the kids for rides and tubing and the little one's also enjoyed wading in the channel.

Isn't this just the prettiest little park? It's a private park just for the residents of the Lake.

Here's Darren with Aidan in the tree

And then a neighbors dog came over to see all the fun and look at the size of this little gal! lol

Isn't this just sweet - all the little boys sitting and planning something....cute!

Joseph our grandson
Picking up rocks to skip across the water

Waiting for uncle Dan to take them out in the boat
Deciding who's going and who's waiting!
someone got lucky to go first!!!

Isn't this huge Willow tree just beautiful...several houses along the lake and channel have these gorgeous trees.

Another view of the lake homes

Bridge across the channel

We had lots of wonderful food and chatting and then came home to relax.
My brother and his wife came to the party and then to our house afterwards for the weekend and so today we headed for Illinois to the flea markets and I got a haul! I'll post pictures of what I got in one of my next posts but thought there were enough pictures this time around.
I found a Pewter creamer and sugar for $5.00 as well as a set of Pewter handle silverware that I got for $12.00 and the adorable silverware caddy for $5.00 - a bargain for sure!!!
I also got 3 different size mache boxes that are going to be covered with fabric...they were $1.00 each. So I think I did some good bargain shopping today.
After the flea market we went for lunch at one of the Golf courses and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and then off to one of our favorite shops that closed just 10 minutes before we got there!
And so we drove up the road to the Apple Orchard and it was closed - not much luck so we headed back home but first to the store for more food for Monday because we have 12 cousins and friends coming over for the day and evening to play cards/dominos and whatever else and then we will have dinner and my brother and wife will be here for that as well.
I'm making 3 different casseroles and the rest are bringing's an End of Summer Get-
So after going out to dinner tonight we relaxed in the screen room with Brownie Sundaes! And now everyone is in bed and I took this time to play catch up on the computer.
Guess that's it for me I'm off to do some blog surfing.


  1. Karen,
    It looks and sounds like you all had a wonderful day out at the lake. The area there is very pretty!
    I can't wait to see the pictures of what you picked up at the flea market.
    Have a fun evening with family and friends! We do the same thing with my family where we all get together to play games, eat, and just enjoyed being together. It is so much fun!!

  2. HI Karen,
    Can't wait to see your new goodies. Those pic's are nice, what a wonderful place. Love the Willow tree.

  3. Karen, it looks like you had a lovely time. The pictures are just wonderful!
    Aiden has gotten so big. Time has flown by since he was born!
    Can't wait to see your bargains! Have a great day!

  4. What a beautiful spot! Great pictures. What wonderful family memories you all are making. I bet the kids were thrilled. Sounds like you are enjoying every minute of whats left of the summer. Good for you!

  5. I can't believe it's the end of the summer but it seems you are making the most of it! I can't wait to see your flea market finds!

  6. What a beautiful place to have a family get together, Karen! Looks like everyone was having a great time!
    Sounds like you found some great bargains! Looking forward to seeing them!
    Enjoy your time with your family!

    Take care,

  7. WOW even got some flea market shoppin in.Now that's what I call a good day at the lake.Can't wait to see your finds.Seriously,looks like you had a wonderful time with your family and what a beautiful place.

  8. What a fun way to wind down the summer!
    How cruel to mention flea market finds and not post pics! UGH!
    Looking forward to seeing what you picked up!
    Enjoy your week!

  9. Happy birthday to your son. The photos from the lake are beautiful. What a great spot for a family gathering. It sounds like you had a perfect summer day.

    I can hardly wait to see photos of your new flea market goodies. Hope you share them soon. Blessings to you.

  10. Oh that looks like the most amazing setting and what fun you all had!! Time with family and friends, it's what it is all about isn't it??!!!

    I am struck by the fact that I am seeing people with jackets and sweatshirts on while here it approaches 90 again with humidity so high, the outside of our windows are full of condenstaion. It's getting hotter as the week goes on too. I am jealous it is so cool there! LOL

    I hope today is wonderful!!

    hugs, Linda

  11. Hi Karen....thank you for sharing your wonderful outing....willow trees love getting their feet wet that's why we often see them thriving near water....the one in the picture is a beauty for sure!....have a great week!

  12. Goodness! You have been having a whirl! What a beautiful place to be as a family. I enjoyed the picture of the grandsons "planning something"... I think boys are the BIGGEST schemers ever! LOL I know our grandsons are...:-D
    Looking forward to pics of your haul! Have a great end of summer bash! Sounds like you will have a house full! Mercy

  13. Happy Birthday to your son! Looks like a beautiful place to go. It's very serene with the big willow trees.

    And sound like you found a lot of goodies! Can't wait to see!

    Enjoy your week!

  14. Love all the great pictures. Looks like you all had a great day!


  15. Oh what a wonderful time it looks like you all had. The pictures are wonderful and you have such a big family! So glad you had such a great time.
    Hugs~ birgit

  16. Karen~Looks like lots of fun was had by everyone! Great pictures! Thank you for dropping by my blog!
    Have a wonderful week!~Kathy

  17. Oh what fun! Fun with family, there's nothing better.

    That is a beautiful area. Our son in law is from West Allis and we hope to go up there someday and see that part of the country, but not in the winter time. I am a pansy when it comes to cold wether.

    Great pictures also.


  18. Hi Karen; Wow what a beautiful park, and channel.. what fun every one was having.. your photos are just so pretty, the willow tree is so gorgeous.. I love the one with the huge dog, you could have put a saddle on him and he could have gone for a ride.... Hope you get some rest from all the fun you all had... thanks for sharing can't wait to see all your finds from the flea market..


  19. Good morning Karen..sounds like you have a fantastic weekend...LOVE all the pictures..such fun.

    Cant' wait to see your flea market finds :)

    Hugs, Doreen

  20. Oh it looks as though everyone had fun, & you have a beautiful family! Looking forward to seeing all your goodies that you got! I love flea markets!

  21. We are headed to the lake here in a few weeks. I can't wait. Your pictures are great. Enjoy. Sounds like you have been so busy. I understand though. So have I.

  22. Hi Karen,
    Pictures are wonderful and the place sounds really relaxing.
    I adore that big willow tree!!!
    Have a nice week end !


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