My father-in-law gave us a canoe. He is such a great man. He doesn't say much, but he makes sure everyone in his family has what they need. That being said, the kids are so excited to have a canoe. I can appreciate their enthusiasm. I enjoy going canoeing, but in ideal conditions (sunny, windless, and without children who tend to stand, wiggle, and dance). Darin insisted we take all the kids in the canoe tonight. The weather was perfect. I assumed the supervisory role on the dock, taking pictures, and waiting for a capsize.
I love autumn.
Getting things ready.
William wants to learn how everything works. He wants to always be an expert. I imagine this was how Darin was as a child. Good traits to have.
The girls get into position. Notice the log....to oppose Darin's weight in the back. (No offense honey---you are perfect!!).
Taking off. Nora is already hanging out of the canoe. Eek!
William learning to paddle.
...and here comes Martha. Nora was calling for Martha, and Martha came. She kept up with the canoe for as long as she could.
The looks on their faces indicate how much fun they had!
"Nora---sit!" She threw her green bear into the lake and was trying to reach it.
My favorite time of day.
Headed back in. No one went overboard. That is success!
Audrey was a great rider---she remained sitting the whole time. All 3 are ready for next time!