But the best part of the party? Was when WE, the parents got to go to the lake and spend the day. Rick brought along his zoom lens and got these fun photos of everyone tubing.
Alex and Riley, the birthday boy who turned 11.
Ryan and Alex
Kate, the brave, was excited to go with her Dad, Thad.
Nolan taking a turn by himself.
And then there's Kate's mom, Bonnie. The only kind of water she likes is filled with chlorine, surrounded by cement. Her "yuck" radar was on high alert as this was her first time spending time at the lake. The best way to get her acquainted with the lake? Why tubing behind the boat of course.
Thumbs up means go faster. Thumbs down means slower, I'm ready to get off... ummm Bonnie, they haven't even started yet. C'mon Snooks, you can do it.
Head first into the water?
... that was a close one. Faster Kate? Sure thing...
... the scream heard round the lake.
Thumbs up and thumbs down... classic mother and daughter. But guess who said they are ready to come back to the lake?
They started as friends.
Two days later, after swimming, tubing, jumping, fishing, in the hot summer sun, they left as friends.
Sam and Colton
Thad and Bonnie