Everyone needs to get away every once and awhile. We decided to spend some time with my parents near my home town for a week in Michigan. We rented a cottage on Barlow Lake for a week. It was beautiful there.
Here is a sunrise photograph from the dock.
We had so much fun playing around in the boat. It was Emma’s first experience with a life jacket and a boat ride. She didn’t like the life jacket at first, but once we were on the boat and the wind was blowing through her hair, she loved it.
As you can see she really warmed up to the boat and by the end of the week she didn’t want to leave it behind. When we were getting ready to head back to Tennessee, she waved bye-bye to the boat. It was cute.
My parents brought along there new puppy, Chloe. Chloe is a border collie, who is 11 months old and still in the midst of her training. This was Chloe’s first experience with a boat and water.
Along with the boat ride, Chloe had her first experience swimming. My parents had brought along a new toy for her. The toy is designed to help dogs learn to fetch in the water.
This was a never ending game. Chloe absolutely loved the water and always wanted to get in.
Emma also loved the water and wanted to get in as often as she could. She would point at the lake and say “bath”. In her understanding, it was a giant bath tub and she loves to play in the bath.
We also got to spend some time with my grandparents, Emma’s great grandparents. She was shy at first but started warming up to them by the end of the week.
This week left me with such a sense of wonder at how fast children grow and learn. At the beginning of the week Emma was walking some on her own, by the end of the week Emma was walking all over the place. I am in awe of this beautiful child that was given to Robin and me.