And, you guys, it was very nearly perfect. The non-perfect part was that Casey, Kylea, and Addie could not make it. They tried. Tickets were purchased and both doctor and airline gave approval for a very pregnant Kylea to fly. But Baby Boy Knecht had other plans and Kylea had hours of contractions the night before and they decided to not risk giving birth in Montpelier, ID. Oh, we were so sad. I mean, really, truly bummed out. I'm still sad about it. There were some tears shed. But these things happen. (Still no baby, by the way. Get here already!)
We found a great house about a quarter of a mile up the hill from the lake. It was called Valhalla and every room had some kind of Norwegian theme, which naturally cracked us up. Lindsay and I stayed in the troll room. The mattresses were stone hard. I mean, it was like sleeping on sheet rock with a thin layer of cotton balls over it. Every morning we would all talk about how this must be the Norwegian way of sleeping. But other then that the place was perfect.
Here's the view from the porch:
|I mean, come on! Are we in Green Gables looking out on the Lake of Shining Waters?|
We would sit out on that porch for hours and just laugh. My dad took a walk down that little road and he said as he was walking back up he could hear us laughing all the way down at the lake.
We played games and painted (this has, unexpectedly, become a new thing we do) and cooked and sang (Sam and Stacy brought their keyboard), and danced. We had a devotional every night that brought a lot of tears and good feelings. The nieces and nephews made us laugh. Baby Phoebe, (Pork Bun Jr.) charmed us all with her giggles. It was all just so lovely.
|Tom created a peanut butter and cheese puff sandwich. Genius!|
|Levi, Eliza, Tom, and Ben - Local Street Tuffs.|
|We drove up to the north end of the lake to throw rocks into it. There is real joy in throwing rocks into bodies of water.|
|This little pond was a hit because of the rock throwing possibilities.|
|Yes we did make matching t-shirts. You so wish you were a Knecht right now.|
|Aunt B carried this child up that hill like a beast.|
Hooray for being a Knecht!