Finally the boat was in the water and all the kids were excited to go for a ride, so they all piled in. Ryan was the designated driver, so he stepped in but his foot splashed when he stepped into the boat. He turned the pump on and baled out some water, and it was decided that the boat would stay in the water just long enough to let everyone ski who wanted to ski, then the boat would come out of the water before it sank too much. The next day we put it back in and let the kids do some skiing and tubing before taking it out again, possibly the last time for the old Nordic. (sniff)
Anyway, the first day was pretty miserable, but things got better and we stuck it out for three days. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of Alex and Ben's attempts at skiing (Benjamin skiied for the first time!). Ryan decided to bring up the horses this year, and that turned out to be fun, too. Since we weren't in the water as much as usual the horses provided another activity. The last mishap occurred on the drive home, when the spare tire on Mandy and Charlie's trailer blew.
Ryan on the trail. All of that green used to be part of the lake.
Ryan was able to ride close to this hawk because it was guarding a squirrel hole and didn't want to leave.
Cousins playing Memory.
Charlie on the Sea-Doo. He loved it and didn't want to get off.
Uncle Charlie and Jadyn on their pony Cheeto.
Benjamin on Sox.
You can see Benjamin trying to handle the reins, and you can also see Ryan's crazy swimsuit.