Tuesday, June 26, 2012

There's just something about the river

 I grew up on the river. It was normal to me. School getting out early when a heavy rain was coming because of low water crossings. Late nights hanging out with friends on a tailgate by the dam. Swimming in the state park with friends. Checking trot-lines, fishing, canoeing, sunbathing and just being by the water. These were all things I loved and knew well. When I moved to college I didn't really think about leaving the water behind, mainly because I had always lived on the water and just assumed it would be wherever I went. It's been over ten years now and I still miss it; when I go back home for a visit the river is one of the first places I want to be. Lucky for us we got to spend each evening playing in the water. The kids loved the minnows tickling their toes. They loved throwing things in the water and watching them float past. They just loved being by the water. These are some of my favorite pictures of the kiddos. Maybe because I have similar ones with my sister. I couldn't choose a favorite so I'm just going to post them all.

















Don't you just love the warm summer glow on the water? I'd love to hear other stories of those who have memories on the water or the hill country.

9 comments:

  1. I love these! I want to frame them, and they're not even my kids! :) And your last post was awesome, too. I'm so glad y'all were able to get away. There is just something special about the Hill Country. I would love to have a house on the river some day.

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  2. I will never forget the 11 years I spent at Laity Lodge Youth Camp along the Frio River! There is nothing like floating along in that cold water, just relaxing and watching the huge trees and hills float past! I would pay good money to relive those memories!

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  3. So precious! i love that little miss is all dainty and he is naked. such a boy! looks like you had a blast!

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  4. Natalie- Thank you!
    Katy- I love hearing your stories from camp. Oh yeah, that reminded me of that guy from my study group that went to camp with you. Remember that?
    Sarah- You're spot on with that observation.

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  5. When I was very young, we lived on a mountain side in New Mexico for about a year while my dad drove a logging truck. There was a little stream that ran through the logging camp we lived in & it was our main source of entertainment as well as refrigeration for some. The stream was very cold & clear because it consisted of melted snow coming off the mountain. It was shallow (about a foot deep in many places)& we could see the fish swimming in it. People would tie their milk to a a bush nearby & set it in the stream to keep cool. There was only one house in the camp that had electricity & it belonged to the owner of the sawmill. Thanks for stirring up these memories. Nonnie

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  6. Your children are so gorgeous. This just makes me pine for the lakes and rivers of my childhood.

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  7. these are beautiful. I love the sun lit photos but may like the last one (b&w) the best! wish I would have taken advantage of this river more instead of just drive over it every day! My favorite water memories were at a friend/ mentor's ranch with 2 HUGE man made tanks that we would canoe on and then just lounge around their amazing house in the summer. 'Water' seems to accompany some of the best memories... I CRAVE being around water now that I live in a concrete jungle.

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  8. Amen, sister! Now that we live in the Hill Country, we spend a LOT of the summer at the river. I didn't get to do this growing up so I'm really glad our girls are making sweet memories like yours. LOVE all these pics!

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  9. I can see why you had trouble choosing a favorite. So sweet! I grew up in Houston, but we went to the river several times in the summer. Mainly the Frio and the Comal. It's still not summer to me until we've hit the river.

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