Sunday, September 28, 2014

Our Summer Trip to Coeur d' Alene

In August, My Sister, Nephew Grayson, Ell, and I headed up to my Mom and Cortie's summer home in the beautiful mountains of Couer d' Alene, Idaho to spend a week on the water. I absolutely LOVE it there, and wish we could get up there more often. Growing up, we spent most of our summers at the river, and I miss it desperately. I love being on the water, and I knew Ell would love it too.

We headed out super early, and had a great flight! Ell did SO good, and it was so great to have Gray there to keep her occupied. I was so proud of her.

(I'll let the pics do most of the talking. Since we were on the water most of the time, most of these pictures are from my iPhone, and aren't the best quality. )

This was our view for the week. It could not be more beautiful!

As soon as we got settled in at my Mom and Cortie's, we headed out on to the water. Ell and Gray could not wait to get out on the boat. Ell was so tired from all our travels, but that didn't hold her down. We were all cracking up because she was in such a delirious state she kept falling. Poor girl feel off the dock twice, and in the water she went. So glad she is such a good sport!

This was right before a fall. She wanted to wear the huge, orange emergency jacket. Let's just say that it didn't last too long! In the water she went.

Ella and Opa.

She loved every second on the boat, and loved it even more when she got to drive. 

So fun for her!

Splash pad fun!

Taking it all in!

Tubing time!

I was the designated adult on all the tube rides, and I didn't mind one bit! So fun. I wish I could've recorded Ell during the rides. She was having a blast, with smiles and giggles the whole time.

We spend a few afternoons just floating and having fun on the water. 

I tell you, this girl is fearless!

When it was boarding time, Ell loved holding the flag. Such a good helper.

We visited a super cool indoor water park. Ell and Gray had a blast, and so did we! I hadn't been on a water slide in such a long time, and it was so much fun. We definitely need to go back when Ell is old enough for the big kid slides. She'll love it!

Park time!

Driving with Gigi!

Our daily walk down to the boat!

Cousinly love!

 Coeur d' Alene has an awesome art festival each year called Art on the Green. It had amazing booths, food, and music. As we were leaving, the craziest thunderstorms moved in and blew everyone out! It was the craziest thing ever! So glad we left when we did. 

There are some really neat restaurants on the water. It's always so fun to drive your boat up to lunch. They had these AMAZING drinks(for the adults), that we all shared in a HUGE bucket with straws. Ell wanted to drink her cranberry juice just like us! Too funny!

Grayson was dying to go to Cabela's for some shooting, so we all took a drive over and had some fun at the shooting range. Ell had a ball, and my competitive self got into it too! I have NEVER seen a store so huge, with so much camouflage in my life. It was unreal!

Movie nights in Gigi and Opa's movie room were a nightly ritual for these two ……… 

while we enjoyed some cocktails out on the deck!

Love you Mom and B.

Thanks Mom and Cortie for such a fun trip. We are so lucky to have a place like this to go! 
Ell and I had a blast. We love you!

If you're ever thinking about visiting, here are some helpful links. It will not disappoint!

Coeur d' Alene Resort

Coeur d' Alene Trip Advisor

Triple Play

Art on the Green


Until next time CDA . . . . . . . .

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