Christiana Lakehouse, Day 2

A lazy morning. Liz and I went for a walk around the lake slightly, to check out some of the other houses. For as much as Liz came up here as a kid, she told me she never really explored the area beyond the original lakehouse (which was only one story at the time, and a markedly different experience).

Spotted this neat bridge a ways away, and marveled at how close some of the houses were to the water.

Uncle David, setting out just a few ribs in preparation for dinner.

Folks setting up drinks and appetizers in the kitchen, gearing up for happy hour.

Liz, making some mini zucchini pizzas.

L to R it’s Lauren preparing some bread, her friend Darby talking to Natalie, and Julie working on appetizers.

A calm look at the backyard, before guests arrive and before the evening festivities.

A big event that many of us were looking forward to this weekend: Tricia, visiting with the kids. It’s been ages since Liz and I have seen Paige, Audrey, and Sebastian… and it was a mini-reunion of sorts when they all arrived.

It’s hard to grapple with how long it’s been since I’ve seen… well, nearly everyone. The last time we “saw” the kids was when we were playing games together online, in 2020.

The last time we saw Lauren, Brandon, and Natalie… we were all on vacation in Costa Rica, also right at the cusp of 2020.

I cannot get over how big the kids are. The last time we saw them in person might actually have been closer to 4+ years ago, for Christmas in Detroit.

Dinner is served.

Sebastian and Liz, playing a few rounds of Cornhole.

Sunset along the lake.

The kids, along with Brandon, Natalie, and Lauren all had plans to sleep outdoors. There’s a small area called “The Island” that can be reached via a bridge, and they set up some tents for the weekend.

A few standard tents.

And a few fancier ones that have a great deal more room.

Nearby, Aunt Beth found some signs of what looked to be recently hatched turtle eggs.

Flag at sunset.

A lot of the kids went out on the boat, but I ended up staying behind with Liz to watch the fireworks from land.

Each neighborhood/area around the lake contribute money towards shared community events, and the fireworks are a big thing.

It was great to see these fireworks, particularly since they took place over the water. Wtih the reflection off the lake, it made them even more mesmerizing.

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