Remember a few months ago when we went on the Beeson Family Vacation? Well I’d like to pick up where I left off with a few fun pics my dad took of the men on their fishing trip.
They left early one morning before the sun came up and were out on the water with their chain-smoking captain in time to see it rise above the horizon.
Ryan caught one!!
This picture of Ryan is one of my all-time favorites. So manly. So handsome. So thrilled by his catch. Such a beautiful Coho Salmon. I love love love it.
John Boy followed suit with this HUGE King Salmon. That thing was as long as John’s leg, and John is not a small man!
It should come as no surprise that upon returning from their trip the guys were in the kitchen preparing the salmon for the grill. Within a few hours of catching those fish, the whole family was enjoying the freshest possible salmon dinner. It was amazing.
Everyone ate their fill and we still had plenty for John and Ryan to bring home. The cooler full of salmon in our van was not my favorite part of the long drive back to Columbus… but the 2 more salmon grill outs that followed made it worth it.
If I could wake up every morning and walk down to the beach, wow. That would be awesome! Our rental house was just a few (ahem… 207) steps down to a lovely private beach. As soon as all the kids finished eating breakfast we climbed down to spend a few hours playing in the sand. Please note: you can thank my dad for any and all good pics from this point forward. I will take credit for all the average or below average photos. :o)
Ruby and Clara were thrilled every morning to wake up and see their cousins Lydia and Norah were still there too. The girls played so well together – especially when the playing involved the buckets, shovels, and watering cans that their Grammy brought for them.
It was a wee bit windy and chilly that first day, but that didn’t stop Ryan from rocking the bro-tank on the beach. I couldn’t be more in love with that man.
Aaron and John dug a huge hole for the kids to play in. It grew so large that at one point I feared we would lose a child in the depths… Uncles are fun.
And of course, pretty much every evening included delicious grilled food, meticulously planned and prepared by John, Aaron and Ryan. Nothing like it.
Lake Michigan was the destination for this year’s Beeson Family Vacation. It’s not a far drive from my parents house, or from where John and Angela live, so Aaron and Tracy flew up from Florida, Ryan and I drove over from Columbus and we spent a few hours at Mom and Dad’s before driving together to St. Joe, Michigan. As is typical for all Beeson Family get-togethers, the men spent quality time in the woods shooting guns. They sure started things off with a bang! (…see what I did there?)
Once the cars were all packed with everything we would need for the week, the carpool to the Lakeshore began! Tracy, Angela and I were so pumped that our time together had finally arrived!
We got to our rental house in time to see the most gorgeous sunset you can imagine. 3-week-old Charlie enjoyed his first sunset with his beautiful Aunt Tracy.
Words can’t describe how amazing it is that my parents, again, gave us the gift of time spent together as a family. They made the arrangements for us to be in a wonderful place for a whole week of quality time. I’m so thankful for their generosity, for their love for our families, and for their love for one another.
My parents have their fireplace going pretty much every day from November through March. It’s a good thing they live in the woods, because every now and again a tree will fall and provide them with plenty of good wood to fuel their fireplace. One afternoon during the Beeson Family Staycation, my dad got out the wood splitter and Ryan, John and Aaron went to town on some fallen trees on my parent’s property.
My bother Aaron (who is a whiz at everything) was a whiz with the chainsaw, My brother-in-law John was tossing huge logs like they were tiny twigs, and Ryan was sporting some awesome boots and shorts while he ran the splitter. I’m so thankful that I married a man who enjoyed helping my parents like this during his vacation.
My sister-in-law Tracy, my mom and I helped load split wood onto the tractor and Dad drove the tractor down the path and dumped the wood near the meadow so it could be stacked to dry for a few years while they burn through the piles of chopped wood from previous years of lumberjackin’.
It felt great to work as a team getting such a huge task completed for my parents. My mom was so happy. It makes me happy to know that she looks out her window now and doesn’t have a huge fallen tree blocking her view of the forest.