it always seems there are endless obstacles when we are trying to leave for the cottage. the anticipation to tumble out of the car and see family and relax with a cool drink and take the boat out makes the wait to get there almost unbearable. but we got there a little after noon and spent a lovely afternoon with our nephews and niece and tom's brothers and wives and his parents. the dogs and even a cat were all part of the little gathering. i took a ton of photos again....beautiful mama and baby shots. and the massive striped spider tom found in the little boat. the kids dripping wet from the lake, wrapped in towels. all the little beautiful moments. there was lemonade and beer and salads and hotdogs. bartering for the last dessert square. chatting and getting caught up on everyone's lives. simple happy easy summer times.