We decided to keep the leather couch we already had in the living room and put it in the front entry room adjacent to the dining room table. We had a more casual futon there and while it provided more sleeping area I didn't always love the look. Our nephews often have snacks in this space so the leather couch is more durable. It's also the perfect spot for morning coffee with views of the lake in this cozy corner nook. I call it my coffee couch because it's where I usually choose to sit when I wake up earlier than everyone else and come downstairs to have coffee and enjoy the stillness of the lake.
We spent the weekend celebrating these two. 150 years of combined living. My dad turned 80 yesterday and my step-mom turned 70! We celebrated with all 5 of their kids, their spouses and their 13 grandchildren. My brother and sister-in-law's cottage was filled with 3 families -13 people and 2 dogs. We had 12 and two dogs at Duck Head. It was such a fun weekend with 25 of their family members all together for the weekend to celebrate them. Their smiles said it all. They were just so happy to be surrounded by all their kids and grandkids for their joint celebration. You'd think it would have been hectic but everyone chipped in and helped plan and cook different meals and helped with clean up. Rod and I really felt like we were on vacation too because we were in charge of one meal for the entire group and after that we were able to relax and enjoy our company the rest of the weekend. What a treat to be able to relax while hosting!
|This delicious cake was dairy and gluten free and I had a HUGE slice!|
|We also enjoyed homemade ice-cream which is a bit of a tradition with my dad. We've made it together for years and it only seemed fitting to have some to celebrate his 80th birthday. Rod, Haley and my dad mixed up the ingredients and we all took turns cranking it on my brother and KT's dock while he made homemade pizzas for everyone. We made vanilla and M&M ice-cream and it was delicious! Especially with that cake! |
|This man usually is dressed for the day as soon as he gets up but I caught this chance to get a picture with both of us in our pjs on his 80th birthday morning! Nice hair dad. I guess we know which side you slept on ;)|
|Rod has apparently taken on my anal quality of organizing the fire pit area! ;) It looks like a smile!|
|The weekend was filled with shared games.|
|A end of weekend chat caught through the kitchen window with our youngest, our two labs and Grandpies.|
|A break from packing up to watch friends graduating through Skype|
|We left P & P at Duck Head for an extra night to enjoy the quiet (& calm) after we left!|
|We'll be back soon! Looking forward to more summer days at the lake!!|
Hopefully they will be a little more sunny but still just as cozy!