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Smith mountain lake

Our neighbors, Abigail and Erik, invited our family to go with them to Abigail’s parent’s lake house in Virginia. The house sits right on Smith Mountain Lake and has a beautiful view. It is very child friendly as well.

The three hour drive up to the lake was very challenging and noisy due to the three kids in the car. That is always the worst part of every trip. The time we spent at the house was great!

Miller had a sandy beach to play on, the bigger kids swam in the lake and played in the dock, and the adults relaxed and talked. Abigail’s parents were there an they were vary nice and hospitable. It was a place that I felt free to cook myself something or go take a nap without guilt and without tip toeing around. I loved it.

Saturday morning the kids jumped right into the lake with Abigail at 8:30. What a new experience for them.


Miller played in the sand.


We all went to the antique boat and car how for lunch. Luckily there was a beach for the kids to play on while qe were there.

The funniest part of the afternoon was Wilsons cleaning episode. He was upstairs brushing his teeth when he came downstairs with a towel covered in toothpaste, toms toothbrush and some toothpaste. He smelled very minty. I asked him what he was doing and he said that he was putting toothpaste on the floor and smearing it around with his hands. Then wiping it up with the towel. He said he was pretending to be a floor cleaner. I asked him very sweetly if he was using Daddy’s toothbrush to clean the floor. He said,”just a little bit”. Lol!! I then told him I thought that it was very nice of him to clean the floors for us and he said,”yeah, I am pretty proud of myself”. He is a true character.

After dinner we all went for a boat ride. Very fun!



The sun set was beautiful. So far the first day was great fun.

Patty’s house at Lake Norman
















I have a lot of great friends in Charlotte, but Patty Wunsch Smith is one of my sweetest and best friends.  Patty and I met in graduate school at Queens.  She, Kristee and I used to hang out together a lot.  Patty and I, however, have never lost tough.  We used to see each other more often, but we still get together at least a few times a year.  She got married two years ago and moved even further up north to Lake Norman….which means she is now about 45 minutes away.  This doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you have three kids and don’t like driving far, it is.

 Today I took the kids up to see Patty at her house on the lake.  We started the day by feeding Patty’s two favorite ducks, Fred and Ethel.  Faith even fed one of them out of her hand.


The main item on the agenda was the boat ride.  The kids were very excited to go on their first boat ride.  The weather was pretty nasty, but we found a little window of opportunity to get on the lake.  One of the best things about Patty is that she is soooo hospitable and sweet.  The kids loved her.  Miller even sat on her lap while I was standing right there.  That never happens.

Thankfully, she even had a swing set in her backyard.  Here is a perfect picture of Faith, Wilson and Miller.  It captures all of their personalities….



Here we are getting ready to take off in the boat.  Patty’s son, Michael, drove the boat for us.  He went pretty slow at first so that the kids could get used to it, but it wasn’t too long before Wilson kept telling him, “Go faster!”…..and Miller fell asleep.



We had such a fun day together.  The kids are already asking to go back again.  I am sure we will before the summer is over.