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June 27, 2016

Reginald The Swan For President Sacra Family Lake Trip 2016

I am so excited to be sharing this blog post! We had the most amazing and relaxing vacation we’ve ever had, and I’m so sad it had to end. But we made so many memories, laughed until our stomachs hurt, swam in the lake for hours, and just enjoyed being with each other. I have the best family in the entire world, and we are all so blessed to love each other so much. I love every single one of my family members more than I can say. They are my best friends, and are always making me laugh. I cannot say enough about them, they are just absolutely the best. Being all together makes for the happiest of times!

Anybody that knows me knows that I am a die-hard lake girl. It is my ultimate goal to live with my husband, kids, and dog(s) at the lake. I love the lake with all of my heart. So clearly this vacation was right up my alley :) 

First of all, if you’re not interested in reading my rambles about our adventures at the lake, I made a video just for you. Actually, I made it for my family, but you get to benefit from it too ;) I’ll post the video at the bottom too, but here is the link!

Kate & Ron drove up from Florida and arrived Saturday just before lunch. It was so fun having them here an extra day! Early Sunday morning, we packed all our stuff into the cars, and we were lake bound!! Jenny & Thomas were leading worship at church that morning, so they drove down on the motorcycle after church. We got to the lake house around 10:30am, and right away I went down to the lake! 

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It was absolutely beautiful. I had to head back up to the house to help unpack everything, but as soon as we were done (and had blown up Reginald The Swan) we headed down to the lake!

We all jumped in right away, and it was so much fun! The weather was absolutely perfect. The water was so warm, and Reginald floated along happily. We had to use kayak paddles while we were sitting on him, so we wouldn’t float away… haha! We are all pretty fair skinned (except for Joelle… so jealous!), so the initial sunburn really set in that afternoon.

After the lake, we went back to the lake house and played Phase 10. Jenny & Thomas finally arrived, and later that evening we went with them again down to the lake. Jenny had yet to meet Reginald, and she loved him (how could you not?).

The next morning we ate pancakes out on the deck overlooking the lake, and then we got on the boat! We stayed on the boat until almost 5pm, and it was the best day ever. We had so much fun!! Slicing through the water, dropping the anchor in coves, doing cannonballs into the lake, and stopping on the boardwalk for the best ice cream. After being on the boat all day, we were exhausted and decided to just hang out in the house. We especially didn’t wait to burn further by going to the lake again :) Kate, Ron, and I watched the Bachelorette, because of course we had to follow up on the Chad drama ;)

I had been waking up around 6-6:30 every morning, to go watch the sunrise and do my devotions on the dock. Tuesday morning, Jenny beat me to it and was there before me! We finished our devotions, and decided to go for a kayak ride. We had so much fun, and we laughed the whole time. Jenny and I are so similar in many different ways, and she never fails to make me laugh!

We decided that we should stay out of the mid-day sun as much as we could on Tuesday, so we decided to have a ping pong tournament! And the Annual Sacra Golden Ping Pong Tournament was born. We were legit with a bracket and everything (and a losers bracket ;). Everybody knows that dad is the ping pong champion. I am not even kidding. We have been playing dad since we were little kids, and he is so good. He knows how to put that little spin on the ball, and he can use all his strength and WHACK it down on the table and all we can do is scream and duck because there’s NO WAY we’re returning those. He also likes to play mind games on us and yell and pretend like he’s going to hit it really hard, but then only softly tap it while we’re cowering in a corner ;)

All that to say, DAD IS AMAZING AT PING PONG. We’re all above average ping pong players, which makes the tournaments so much fun :) I ended up beating everybody in my bracket, which meant I had to face my ultimate competitor… Dad. And let me tell you, I was so close. We were playing to 21, and I was up 20-15. But dad turned it around and won 24-22! But at least I gave him a run for his money :) I will beat you next year, dad!

That evening we decided to head down to the lake again (we just can’t stay away ;). It really looked like a storm was rolling in, which was so fun to watch! After the lake, we took a walk down the road to another dock to watch the sunset.

Kate & Ron had to leave at 6am Wednesday morning, to begin the long drive home to Florida. Since we were already up, we started packing up too, and ended up leaving around 9am. Before we left Smith Mountain Lake, we drove to a little gift shop where I could buy a blanket that had been at the lake house. I basically fell in love with it, haha! There was also a Simply Southern display, so of course I had to buy some stuff ;) We also got some fudge from the gift shop, which was absolutely delicious!

Then we sadly left the lake, and began the trip home. Literally as soon as we got home, Joelle and I got in my car and drove to pick up Oliver! He loves staying with Joy, but he was so excited to see us :)

It’s so good to be home, but man, do I love the lake. So thankful for our amazing vacation! It was just what we all needed.

(warning: mix of Mark III and iPhone 6S shots ahead!)

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We stopped to get Starbucks just before hitting the road. I decided to not worry about eating low carb on this vacation, and let me tell you… BEST DECISION EVER. We ate real well ;)


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This is the view from our porch! Amazing, right??


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It took forever to blow Reginald up, but it was so worth it :)


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Since it was Father’s Day, we let dad nap ;)


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My Southern Shirt hat is now Joelle’s favorite thing :) But unfortunately it’s my favorite thing too, so she had to give it back ;)


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Allllllllll the pool floats… Haha!


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We had 3 adults on Reggie at once. What a champ.


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Kate trying to stab her husband, apparently.


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Living my best life.


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Joelle was actually a shockingly amazing kayaker!! She had never done it before, but she sat down and immediately took off!


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Desperately trying to find an internet connection so I could send myself some pictures to Instagram… Hahaha


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I love this picture mom took of dad!


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Jenny brought back her syrup pouring skills :)


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Headed out on the boat!


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This cracks me up! :)


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Jenny and I floating away, never to be seen again.


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So. Much. Sunscreen.


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Ron let Joelle drive the boat for a while, and she did such a great job!!


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Clearly she enjoyed it ;)


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We took this photo while Joelle was driving the boat… Just before we took it, she said “hang on, let me avoid this swimmer, then we’ll take it”… hahaha


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I used to come to this lake with some friends, and we would always stop at this little boardwalk! I couldn’t remember what it was called, but after some Googling I found it! I was so happy that we did, because I hadn’t been back here in years, and it was just how I remembered it. It’s called Bridgewater Plaza, for my future reference in case I forget again ;)


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After the ice cream, we decided to head back to our cove. It took about 20 minutes, but once we got there we dropped the anchor about 100 yards from our dock and swam in the open lake!


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The dock right above Kate’s head was ours!


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Kayaking early Tuesday morning! The water was so choppy, but it was so fun :)


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The Ping Pong Tournament :)


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I convinced the family to take a quick family picture by the lake :)


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That donut float is amazing.


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The wind took Kate to another dock, so Jenny & Thomas had to go rescue her, haha!


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Evening walk in beautiful golden hour!


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Back at the gift shop, on a mission to find that blanket!


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SCOOOOOORE!! This thing is seriously the best.


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Thanks Snapchat, for keeping me entertained on the car ride home.


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 BUNNY!! We were seriously so happy to see him.

And our vacation video!! I am definitely not a videographer, but I’m so glad we have memories captured like this.

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