Friday, August 12, 2011

Summer Fun!

Our summer is quickly coming to an end.  We have had lots of rain and cooler temperatures.  Another thing that marks the end of summer is that we are quickly losing our daylight.  Rather than being light well past 11p.m., it is now completely dark by 10p.m.  Before we know it, it will be dark by 3 p.m.
Anyway, all of that to say....
The past few weeks we took some extra family time and enjoyed the warm summer weather and I am so glad that we did!
 We were invited to a summer house in Jaama and enjoyed a boat ride around the {big} pond in their back yard.  Here are a few pictures from that.

(I wasn't ready for the picture since I was trying to grab the dock so I could have my camera on the boat.  Also, I was disappointed that Caleb can't be seen.  He is sitting next to me, behind Ron.)

Sarah was pleased with her Lily that her brother picked for her

After our boat ride, we walked around the little village and then went back to their house for tea, smoked fish and chocolate.  

During our walk we noticed this flag that was flying at the house across the street.....
the California flag

How suprised we were to see that!
Our host was amuzed to find out about the flag too.

 From there we drove a little further to LakePeipsi so the kids could go swimming.  It was our first time there and boy was it beautiful!
We parked on the side of the road and walked down a sandy path and were greeted with this view

The kids had such a wonderful time playing in the {warm} water.

We were also told about a beautiful place in Saka by a lady that comes to church.  So one warm afternoon we made the 25 minute drive to see what it was like.

There was a grand hotel called SakaCliffHotel&Spa where we parked our car.  When I saw the word CLIFF in the hotel's name I should have been a little more prepared for what was ahead. 

this was almost like going down a ladder...not stairs

this water is the Gulf of Finland

a different way back up....think I like this one better =)

almost back to the top looking down

a view of the Gulf of Finland from the top of a building
I found out just how out of shape I am after climbing up and down all those stairs.  By the time I reached the top, I was wishing for an oxygen mask....not really. However, I was perfectly happy to be the one to walk up a little slower with Caleb.  But I quickly found out he had plenty of energy and didn't need to stop and rest as much as I thought he would.
It was a special treat to enjoy God's beautiful creation!


  1. That looks like an absolutely awesome time! Beautiful area. Glad you guys could do all that before you lose all the daylight. I love the picture with the verse superimposed. Lots of great pictures.

  2. Beautiful pictures! Great adventure for everyone and good exercise for the parents. Happy family (that makes grandma happy). Sarah, your "lily picture" reminds me of when one of my brothers picked a lily from a pond for me. I was just about your age. He nearly fell in trying to pull it from the lily pad and was very proud of his present. It's a happy memory. Love to all, grandma Benefield

  3. Looks like you all had a lot of fun. I could tell on your kids' faces that they were really really enjoying it!

  4. Breathtaking photos! And looks like SO much fun! I LOVE Sarah's lily and and everything about the picture of you with the many little details that make it a perfect picture!


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