Monday, July 9, 2012

4th of July Lakehouse Vacation

With the Fourth of July holiday falling mid-week this year, we weren't quite sure how to celebrate it. But eventually we decided that we should just take an extra couple days off work and head to the Alway Family Lakehouse in Idaho.

Stew and I have been going to Priest Lake together since we first met but it never ceases to amaze me how absolutely beautiful it is up there. The weather was gorgeous and it was the perfect way to spent the holiday. My parents came with us and we spend a glorious five days of swimming, lounging, boating, eating, sleeping, drinking, hiking, and even shooting guns! It was really hard to leave paradise and come back to the real world...

Captain Stew taking us for a boat ride.

Gorgeous views from the house out over the lake.

Enjoying the view from the "treehouse" deck.

Hanging out on the dock waiting for dinner and fireworks.

My parents had a great time... how could they not?!

Gorgeous 4th of July sunset.

Our first 4th of July holiday as a married couple.

Bundled up for an evening boat ride. It wasn't cold but very windy!

It's not a lakehouse vacation without a campfire!

Waiting for the sun to go down and fireworks to start.

Campfire fun.

Mom caught us kissing in the dark on the dock!

The one and only picture I captured of the fireworks.

The best way to paddleboat is as a passenger.


We had gorgeous, hot weather every single day.

Our new floating toy, we named her "Lola."

Our home away from home.

Going swimming!

Stew is like a fish.

Surprising Mom...

It was seriously too hot to stay out of the water for long...

Absolutely amazing skies in the evening.

And beautiful sunsets every night.

Once again, an amazing trip!
Happy Fourth of July from the Always!

This was the first time besides the weekend of wedding craziness that our families had spent a significant period of time together, and it could not have turned out more perfect. If anything the trip was simply too short and we all wanted to stay for basically the rest of the summer. I'm still brainstorming how to make that happen... In any case we go back in just 20 days for the Alway Family Reunion and are obviously counting down the days.

How did you celebrate the Fourth of July this year?


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