happy 4th: a family tradition

this year, we went back to an old family tradition of going to our family cabin for the fourth of July.

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we spent some time at Lake Gregory,

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swimming in the water and renting a paddle board to play on.

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i can remember going to this lake when i was little. we would have races swimming across. (side note: i totally tried to swim across again and while i made it…i completely freaked myself out. half way across, something touched my leg. it was probably just an overgrown plant or maybe a large fish. ick. whatever it was, i swam like i was going for the gold. and i might have busted a lung in the process, but at least i made it.)

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and we would take the paddle boards out to the middle of the lake and jump off (new rules are in place. that’s no longer allowed, but i was temped to try it for old times sake, anyways).

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we bbq’d and sat on the back porch, enjoying the mountain air just like old times.

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and practiced our Etch-A-Sketch technique. (my brother was always good at this, probably because of his techie computer brain.)

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then we ate a simple dinner, before we headed to Arrowhead Lake to see the annual firework show.

i’m a sucker for traditions and i’m thankful to pass them onto my son. hopefully, he’ll look back on his childhood and remember these simple memories fondly.

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hope everyone had a safe holiday and enjoyed the people that matter most.

 

 

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