Sep 10 2009

fun with the hose

By Ryan & Betsy

We had a fantastic time at Smith Mountain Lake over Labor Day weekend! Congratulations to Kim & Will, who had the most beautiful wedding ever…complete with a rainbow, frolicking deer & turkeys, and a gorgeous mountain setting. And of course, great friends! Baba & Granddad got to spend some quality time with Linus while Ryan & I stayed at the Hotel Roanoke Friday and Saturday night. By the way, Linus says he’s sorry, Baba & Granddad, for not sleeping at all while mom & dad were gone. He promises to sleep better next time.

And just when you thought I was never going to circle back to the hose fun, here are some pics of Linus playing in his beloved kiddie pool on the dock.

He had so much fun playing with his grandparents.

Playing chase with Baba

I love the lake!

Jul 14 2009

water baby

By Ryan & Betsy

Here’s the boat floatie I mentioned earlier. It was a BIG hit with the kid. Here he is eyeing his cousins, plotting how to ram into them like bumper cars.

Colton & Sulley would like to know what’s the deal with that jerk in the car behind them. Get off our bumper, man!

Rush hour traffic is stressful for everybody.

After the pool, it’s time to take a break from the water…in the lake!

…and then back to the pool. This kid can’t get enough of the water!

Jul 14 2009


By Ryan & Betsy

We had a fabulous Fourth of July at Baba & Granddad’s house on Smith Mountain Lake. The weather was beautiful…not too hot, not humid, and plenty of sunshine. Baba watched the kiddos (Linus and cousins Colton & Sulley) one night and let the rest of us go out on the boat to watch fireworks (with cocktails, of course!). It was absolutely fantastic to be out on the water for an hour sans baby.

Chocolate ice cream was just one of the many things Linus loved about the lake. He continued to demonstrate his love of water by happily passing time in the baby pool that Baba set up on the dock. The cold water didn’t bother him one bit–he could have played in that thing all day. In fact, I have a great pic of him in his little floatie that I need to dig up and post. More on that later.

Family pic at the creamery. Look how happy we all are. We get that way when homemade ice cream is involved. Maybe we’re just country folk after all.