Vacationing in Alabama

Each year, we travel to my family’s lake house in Alabama.

It is a property that has 3 houses on it that were owned by my grandfather (dad’s dad) and his business partners with the John Blue company (making farming equipment). As each of the owners passed away, their houses were passed on to their children. Eventually, my uncle owned the property that used to be my grandfather’s (he rebuilt the house after a storm demolished it), my dad was able to buy the property two houses down (still on the original compound), and they acquired the house in the middle. They have since sold the middle house to a wonderful family (that understands they are in between two brothers and are totally okay with us using their property as a passageway from one home to the other).

Now, who knows what exactly you picture when you think of “lake house,” but let me paint you a picture. From our boat house, there are 2 miles across to the other side, 2 miles to the right until you get to the causeway, and 2-3 miles to the left until you hit the main channel and a curve in the lake. The lake is on the Tennessee River, and our portion is the widest (and calmest) section for miles. We have deep water, but easy access. The most “troublesome” moments we have are when fishermen come to fish in our water (because we have some of the best bass fishing in the area). I put it in quotes because the fishermen are always so friendly and nice. We really love being there.

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The view from our boathouse

One of my favorite things about our lake house is to watch the storms roll in. It will be completely clear one day, and then all of a sudden, you cannot see the mountains in the distance. This is because of rain approaching. For most of the trip, we had lots of these storms. It was amazing to watch these storms pass through.

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You can see the rain falling in the right hand side (and a bit of a rainbow)

Each year, we have our family reunion, called “Camp Tucker.” As the cousins have gotten older and busier, we have had more difficulty getting everyone together for one time. So, this year, Camp Tucker was a little disjointed. My uncle and cousins from Florida couldn’t make it, but we were able to see the Alabama family. In addition, my whole Virginia family came down to enjoy some time after the 4th.

Now usually I am the one with the camera in her hand all weekend. I wasn’t as dedicated this time, as I just wanted to enjoy my vacation, since this will be my last before having 2 babies to worry about.

Introducing: 

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Of course, my handsome hubby

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My wonderful daddy

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My brother Josh and his dog Max

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My adorable nephew Liam

My big brother, Tee

My big brother, Tee

And you will have to wait to see pictures of Lucy.

A birthday present that was shared by all:

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My dad got this power washer, told Tee that it was a birthday present for him because every man needed to know how to work one, and proceeded to have a “blast” (pun intended) with it.

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A before and after of some decking. I have to admit that I had fun with this too!

 

 

 

 

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Then, the hose got too close to the engine. Pay attention to the warning on the hose in this picture.

Fun in the water:

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Liam loved swimming in the water off the dock.

 

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Tee wanted Lucy to jump in the water. She was a little hesitant.

 

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Eventually Lucy decided that she just had to get in on her own. This is her first “dock diving” experience, despite the fact that she’s been swimming for years.

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Dock dive #2 to Uncle Josh

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Yep, she’s a dock diving duck toller.

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She loves fetching anything in the water.

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Racing Uncle Josh to get the toy.

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Lucy won.

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Lucy wouldn’t come back because she thought we would make her stop swimming.

On the boat:

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Tee is such an amazing dad!

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They are the same person!

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Mommy and her Max

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Max loved the wind in his hair.

 

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Dad is at home when he drives the boat.

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Our last Camp Tucker (number 11 together) before the twins arrive!

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This is one of our neighbors. They spent years building this lighthouse and now it is for sale.

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The top sun deck of our boathouse. My dad loves decorating for the 4th.

Watersports:

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Handsome hubby on the jet ski. This was the one thing that I reeeeeeeeaaaaaally wanted to do, but we all agreed that even at the speed of 5 mph, it was too risky for the babies.

 

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So Josh got to go on the 2nd jet ski instead.

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The boat and tubing

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Tim and his nephew

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He is going to make the BEST daddy!

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Max loved being at the front of the boat. He didn’t want to miss spotting any birds.

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Josh and Max enjoyed a quick tube ride (usually they go much faster and bounce much higher than this).

 

 

 

And our hydrangeas:

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Comments

  1. I love this blog posting. Camp Tucker was a little disjointed…I missed seeing Julie, Eric and Ethan, but the lake was beautiful when we got there and I loved seeing Tammy and Juliet….and of course, being with all y’all!

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