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.
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.
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.
And you will have to wait to see pictures of Lucy.
A birthday present that was shared by all:
Fun in the water:
On the boat:
And our hydrangeas:
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