41,000 Words


If a picture paints a thousand words, I’m giving you 41,000!  I don’t have time to tell you all about our day at Will’s family cottage last week, but needless to say, it was WONDERFUL!  The cabin is adorable, and the weather was amazing (I actually got a little cold), and the boating/tubing was a blast.  I haven’t been in a motorized boat (oars don’t count!) in YEARS!  Well, there was that one time on Granddaddy Watt’s pontoon boat, but I’m not sure that counts either.

Anyway, enjoy the photos!

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The Cottage

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Isn’t it lovely?  I’d have loved to stay there for a week!!

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The Cottage from the end of the pier – that’s Andrew with his feet in the water.

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He is a sweetheart!!

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So Jenni gets Dannye out on the SeaDoo – and yes, they dunked!

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Pam and Will take a spin

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Aren’t they cute?

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This little lake has these cottages on both sides of what they call the Narrows.

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Pamela knows something’s coming…

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There they go!

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Then several of us piled in their boat while Will and his sister Amanda did some tubing.

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She and Will have a great time together

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She’s so little, she just flies up into the air!

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Here goes Will

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Taking a break…

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Off we go!

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Then Pamela talked Dan into taking a turn on the tube.

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She just LOVED it!

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She did real well, too. 

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At first, Mr. Swem was taking it easy.  But once she got the hang of it, he wasn’t quite as merciful!

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Bill told Dannye if she would, he would!

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I’m praying he doesn’t get killed!!!

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He did get thrown off, and that was the end of that – but at least he got on there!!!

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Jenni took a turn with Dannye…

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And they crashed!

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Dannye got super sore, but she really enjoyed this day!

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Dan & Jen

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Then it was Andrew and Mitchell’s turn.

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Mitchell wanted more speed, but Andrew wasn’t quite sure about it!

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Boys sure do know how to enjoy life!

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My beautiful baby girl

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And my handsome future son-in-law

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Pamela and Will tubing together

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Riding a wave from the boat motor

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Don’t fall in!

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Good times!

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Uh-oh….Wipe out!

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At the end of the afternoon, all dried and changed.  I don’t think any of us were ready to go back to the house, but our family had to leave the next day, so we had to go. 

Emily and I have oft talked about how nice it would be if Texas and Minnesota were about 1200 miles closer.  Well, now there is another state too far from Texas, yet I long to be nearer!  And Michigan is also about 1200 miles from here – I’ve decided that traveling will become a favorite pasttime!

God bless your day!



About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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17 Responses to 41,000 Words

  1. I really enjoyed seeing the photos. Will & Pam are so cute together.No tubing for you? Aw, come on!

  2. I am so glad that y’all got to go on that trip! So much fun. Pam and Will are SO CUTE together! I think my favorite pictures are the ones with Dannye and Pam tubing together! Thank you so much for posting!

  3. pettybunch says:

    @PrincessOfSeptember – Aside from the fact that it is questionable whether or not the boat could have pulled me  , my family would never let me do anything like that – I’m an accident waiting to happen!!!!

  4. pettybunch says:

    @michaelswoman – I am so glad Dannye had the courage to do that!  They had so much fun together!!

  5. Gallagators says:

    Looks like tons of fun! I think I did something like that when I was younger….years ago!

  6. ALDOG1 says:

    The pictures are great!  The action was caught beautifully.  You can tell everyone was having a great time.  Now, having said the obvious, I would not trade places with any of them. ha  I hurt just looking at the pictures.  I tubed one time in my life and it was my misfortune to be pulled by Bob Martin.  Enough said?  Pontoon boats are my speed!  Those, and trolling motors.  ha  Speed boats hurt!  All over!  And I can’t tell you what Scooter would like to do to every Ski-doo in the world.  Those noisy speedy little boogers!  Its like having a kid on one of those shrill, high pitched little motor bikes driven up and down in front of your house all day. One of those little suckers lived behind us several years ago.   I think I gave Scooter permission to go kill that kid once.  I know, bad, bad.  Just blame it on the fact that we’re old and crochety.  haYour trip sounds wonderful and I am so happy you all enjoyed it so much.  Love to you all.   B

  7. pettybunch says:

    @ALDOG1 – You are hysterical!  I don’t know what it would be like to deal with Sea Doos and such all the time, but we sure had fun our first time!  Mr. Swem did have to deal with some young kids playing one one while we were tubing – they were not of age (you have to be 16+ to hold a license) and while he might have ignored that, they weren’t following the lake rules of safety.  They stopped when he motioned for them to back off, though, so at least we didn’t have an ongoing situation.

  8. RahChild says:

    i dunno … i kind of like that Will & Pam will be in MI … it means i might get to see you all a little more often! that being said, it’s always an adjustment when kids move away from “home”.  

  9. pettybunch says:

    @RahChild – I have to say that one of the perks I see in the future is being able to visit you occasionally when we go up for a visit with Pamela and Will!

  10. ALDOG1 says:

    Well, I look forward to visits down here by Pam and Will.  Then I get to see them, too!!

  11. jeroland says:

    What fun Mrs. Petty! Whoever had the camera did a great job of capturing those incredible pictures! Out in Guam my folks bought a jetski that seats 3-4 people and some inner-tubes and they too are having a blast on the water! Looks like you guys had a great time! Say, when is the wedding and where will it be?

  12. ALDOG1 says:

    Dodie here, on B’s site!!  Nina, Nina! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the pictures!!  And what incredible photos they were.  Like someone else said above…..caught the action & facial expressions so well!!  Loved them!  What fun you all had!  Such a special fellowship w/your future in-laws!  AND I LOVE TO TUBE even now at my age.  But like Bettye said………now I get pulled by either Bob Martin or Bob Martin, Jr (ROB!!).  He took all the Navarro kiddies out in his boat while they were here last month.  And they had a ball tubing – even little Katye.  They think their “Uncle Bud”, aka Rob, is kinda crazy..ha!!  Your trip sounds like the vacation of a life time!  I’ve never been that far “up north” but the country & pictures make me want to go “VISIT”……These Texas roots are too deep to be gone for very long.  I want to see inside pictures of Will & Pam’s future home!  She’s one lucky little girl (woman, ha)………I’m very excited for her.  Love you all & keep those pictures COMING!!   Dodie…………

  13. pettybunch says:

    @jeroland – Hi, Erin.  The wedding is next May 9.  It will be at North Belt – we think maybe the first one in our new building!  We are so excited.I think it’s so cool that your family is enjoying their time in Guam so much.  I have been so unfaithful in writing to them, but I think of them so often.  As a matter of fact, each time we have a shower at church I think of your Mom and her time as event coordinator.  She really has a gift!

  14. pettybunch says:

    @ALDOG1 – Hey Dodie!  I think I’d enjoy the tubing if I were in better shape!  I really enjoyed the boat ride, though – the last time I rode in a boat of any speed at all was Papa’s – over 35 years ago!!We didn’t take any photos of the inside of the house this time since Will’s grandparents were living there this summer.  But I’ll bet we do it next time!!  Love you!

  15. Abbiegirl says:

    Great pictures Mrs. Petty!it looks like so much fun! im so jelous:) i’ve always wanted to go tubing. glad y’all had a blast. love you!

  16. auntkarl says:

    for some reason not all your pics loaded for me? what’s up with that? I didn’t get one of Bill on the tube… I had already seen them on your picture web site ..

  17. pettybunch says:

    @auntkarl – Weird – they all have loaded on both my home computer and my office computer.  Which website have you seen?  I didn’t know we had any of these on another website.  I wondered if some might not recognize Bill without his glasses, but the captions are there.I don’t have Missy tomorrow, or do I?

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