Sunday, November 25, 2007

WAKEY WAKEY TO MICK

To celebrate Mick's 40th birthday we went out with friends from the dental school, the Bowens, for a day on Lake Berryessa. It was a couple weekends after Labor Day and we had the entire, glassy, sunny lake to ourselves. It was crazy perfect.

Rhonda and Dean were enthusiastic boat owners, generous and fun, and their kids, Bronwyn and Kedrick, were fast friends with Dane and Aubrey. We camped overnight and woke up early to make the most of the day.

Mick rode for the first time since dental school started and was absolutely beaming. The Bowens thought he was a professional. (Mick kind of laughed because he's ridden with real professionals, and even some of his pals up north ride with a little more, shall we say, flair. But, don't get me wrong: he was good!)

In addition to his frontside 180s, his butterslides, his board grabs in the air, and surfing right behind the boat, Mick got an added birthday bonus: he got to DRIVE the boat. The expression on his face for this opportunity alone was one of pure joy.

I wakeboarded for about the third time in my life and the kids each waterskied for the first times in their lives! It was so exciting, and they were really proud of themselves.

The following pictures are in random order; it's kind of a pain to re-order them on blogger. Post a comment if you have a question about a particular photo, though, and I'll be happy to answer it.












23 comments:

Michael said...

Thanks for an excellent birthday trip! It really was just a blast playing in the water with you and the kids. Can't wait to do it in our own boat sometime soon ;)

Mick

Anonymous said...

A perfect party for your 40th, Mick. What a fabulous time; it looks like Dane & Aubs got to drive the boat too. They both look pleased as punch. Way to get up on skis, Dane and Aubs; you can't be stopped now!! You will just get better.
What a glorious weather day. The lake looks wonderful.
Seeing the pics reminds me of when we were on Lake Stevens (Dane was just a baby) and I got to see you do your stuff, Mick. Like riding a bike...you never forget how? I don't see a picture of Anj?
Can't wait till when I can see you all on the water doing your tricks.
Big Share / Mom / Mema

Anonymous said...

Anjie, you were certainly able to remember and to describe Mick's 40th celebration on the water with friends, family, a boat and boards and skis. I just felt like I was there in how you relayed the facts with the feelings. Thanks.
That was a special day, Mick, right? Fond memories to take with you through your life.
What a fun day, Dane & Aubrey, as you water skiied, drove the boat with your Dad and just enjoyed time on the lake, without crowds of people. That's great!
Thanks Anj for fitting in this joyful blog amongst your busy life. You took your time to set up this blog so we could stop and smell the roses.
Lovingly,
JJJ, Mom, & Grammy

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