Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lake Time with the Wakins Family

A few weeks ago the Watkins crew took a family trip to relax and hang at Cedar Creek Lake. To say we LOVE the lake is a bit of an understatement. Dad grew up enjoying the lake for fishing and skiing and passed it on to Ash and me. Not to mention those that we married love the lake as well. So for 5 days we enjoyed the water, the boats, the sun, the fishing, the food, the cousins, the boredom and mostly each other.

Lots of bubble blowing on our trip...thank you Honey for all the supplies!

The house we stayed in was absolutely perfect for us all. Poor Honey and Papa gave up a regular bedroom for the bunk room (with no door). Of course they made their grandbabies as comfortable as possible. All of us got a lot of rest and had plenty of space. The house had 5 bedrooms with extra closet and bathroom space.

Big B fishin' away!

More bubs!

Dave tearin' it up on the wakeboard

Papa tossed in a little fish and the swimmers evacuated

Bear and Aunt Sissy


The girls of our bunch

My favorite men in the whole wide world!

Sunset cruise in Uncle Dave's speedboat (as the B's call it)

Nothin' like a boat ride to put you fast to sleep

Grahamers and Honeybear

Great place for jeep driving

Porch sittin' with Daddy and Georgia

We enjoyed many-a-meal on the deck

Bathing beauty getting cousin kisses!

Big Catch!

We drove just a few minutes away to Athens one morning which is home to my grandmother and mama! Some of my absolute best memories are from precious time spent in Athens. East Texas will always be my favorite part of the Lone Star State. My great Aunt Leta and Uncle Mac still live there and Aunt Rosie, was in town visiting so we had big family time in A-town.

Brooks couldn't wait to get back on Uncle Mac's tractor. This time he could actually steer.

Barrett took his driving very seriously.

Brooks sneaking into Uncle Mac's old car.

Getting a ride...this is the little road that leads out of Aunt Leta and Uncle Mac's DREAMY property. Looks like a movie.

Aunt Leta and Barrett sitting in a "Royall" chair that's been in our family for many years!

Lunch Bunch at Ol' West Steakhouse

Uncle Mac and his family are legends in Athens...he was pointing out old football pictures of his dad and grand-dad.

My mom and aunt spent half of their growing-up years in this special house.
We made a stop to see where we made many sweet memories with Mimi and Poppy.

We also stopped for a quick pic on Royall street. Baby boy Barrett and the street are both named after my grandmother's family.

Could there be anything better than a high school football stadium on the street that shares your name??

A few minutes spent at the beautiful cemetery where my grandparents are buried.

After our Athens visit, Aunt Rosie joined us at the lake house to spend the night.

She came prepared to be the dealer...and she was a dealer with prizes!

Little twister to get things going...

Brooks and his tubing partners

and Honey

Ash up on the wake board for the first time. It was literally cloudy and sprinkling.

Someone must have said hold up your fork.
Great grub on those forks!

Boat Buddies!

Skiing buddies - me and Ash

Pineywoods/Backwoods Brooks


Jackie said...

What a special week!! I love ALL of the pictures! :) Little Miss Georgia looks too sweet in her bathing suit. And you and your sister wake boarding together is too cool! Miss ya'll!

shannonmichaelis said...

Love it all - Barrett and the Royall street, Poker with the fam, skiing/wake boarding/tubing with everyone, Honey and Papa in the bunk beds with no door, and all the in between, Love that huge deck! So glad you guys got to do that - annual trip?!