Thursday, September 8, 2011

Labor Day at the lake!

This past weekend was spent at my parents beautiful lakehouse on Lake LBJ. It's taken me a day or two to fully recover from all the eating and relaxing we did. Yep, I needed time to recover from relaxing...the lakehouse does that to ya. It was just my parents, my sister and her husband, my little brother and us...we missed you Tomi (my little sis who just started her sophomore year at A&M). Jon and I headed up to the lake on Saturday morning. Friday night Jon had his fantasy draft (good bye husband for 3 months!) and we watched Baylor kick some TCU ace. 

Thanks to my mom and sis for taking a few pictures that I stole from Facebook for this post! My birthday is in a couple of weeks and the my plan is to get a nice camera. Jon is totally on board knowing it will be an investment (that is if I can learn how to use it) but pretty much wants to wait until the day before my birthday to go look. I am too antsy and anxious! I practiced with Ernie this weekend with my mom's camera...



A couple of my parents friends have recently bought lakehouses on the same lake so it was fun to spend time with good friends on the boat, playing cornhole and enjoying the beautiful weather we are having. 

No that is not me in the middle! That is our family friend who multiple people have mistaken us for each other (her husband thought I was her this weekend!).


My brother in law Jacob and Jon were corn hole partners this weekend. I think they whooped up on my dad a few times but let's face it, the Fanning athleticism trumps all (hehe okay maybe just my dad and brother)


Let's give my mom some love for her new patriotic buntings! The buntings were kind of the joke of the weekend, to the men at least who did not understand the point of $5 buntings (they were 75% off!). I think they look awesome! 


Here is my sister's cutie lab Athena who was sunning under an umbrella on Saturday. This could seriously be a cover of a magazine! Luxury Labradors Magazine??


Ernie and his cousin have a hit or miss relationship. I mean what well behaved 5 year old lab wants to hang out with an over excited wild puppy? They were pretty funny playing together considering their size difference.


My mom took this pic of her two grandpuppies. The dogs obviously haven't learned the Fanning pose (my maiden name and with 4 ladies in the family, we know how to take a picture)


Little brother, James looking like a teenager...oh wait he is one!


My little sister, Tomi, just joined the same sorority I was in at Texas A&M (Delta Gamma) and since she couldn't make it to the lake, we took a picture doing the signature "Anchors Away" pose with our make shift Krispy Kreme sailor hats. Warning...no makeup, XL shirt, Monday morning....


This was one of my favorite lakehouse weekends. I was just at peace and happy. 

Other highlights of the weekend:
  • Jon and I took a wave runner ride to a highschool friend of mine's lakehouse to catch up. I loved it!
  • Goat cheese & honey dip, cake balls, buffalo chicken dip, sausage balls, biscuits and gravy...enough said
  • No Worries Margaritas- I love these! It is a low sugar/low calorie margarita mix that I add vodka and Fresca too. It doesn't make you feel bloated at all
  • The men golfed on Sunday morning while the ladies baked, read magazines, yoga'ed and gossiped...1950's much
  • Unplugging! I am so glad I can fully unplug at the lakehouse. I do read emails and check my phone but I never really respond (which made for a super busy Tuesday morning but worth it)

So 2 questions for this morning:

1. What did you do for labor day? Did you eat your body weight in hotdogs or tan your skin to match the Canadian flag?

2. I need camera advice!! I am looking at a few different Nikons and would love some input. DSLR vs. SLR? 5d? 7d? I want a nice camera but one I can figure out and actually use! FYI I am very impatient and hate reading directions :-)




15 comments:

Leah from Sweet & Sour Showers said...

I can't give you any camera advice b/c I am as impatient as you are with learning new stuff. What I can tell you is I did eat my body weight in all around BAD STUFF this weekend. You may have noticed that Justin and I checked in at Big Wong restaurant in Chinatown NYC where we dined on pork fried rice, low mein, and sweet and sour chicken (Jon's fave I'm sure.) XOXO

Claire-Christine said...

What a great post, girl! The weather looked SO nice! And you look SO happy! I know what you mean about having weekends where you are just at peace and content...looks like one of those :-)

As far as cameras go, I had the opportunity this summer to play around with a few different ones. I loved the DSLR because it has SO many options. I am not one for doing the auto feature (I like the challenge) but the DSLR does have the ability to do auto or manual...at least the one I tried!

Mrs. T said...

Looks like tons of fun! Bring me with you next time? :)

Heather said...

Looks so fun!! I have to try those margaritas! YUMMM!

Karen said...

That looked like so much fun. I want to have a lake house...

Amanda said...

margarita recipe and buffalo chicken dip recipe (is that the one from pinterest?) STAT! ;) glad u had such a great weekend!!!

Mason's Mama said...

Oh sweet Ernie!! Love that precious face. Looks like yall had a blast.

I have the Nikon D90 and love it. You can change out the lens on it.

Happy Camera shopping!

Amanda said...

Love it! Especially the pic of all you "DGs." Oh and why is Ernie so darn cute? I certainly ate enough for a lifetime (homemade sliders, homemade potato salad, hot dogs, chicken, beer) oh it was all so good!

And sorry, I can't advise on a new camera :(

Meg {henninglove} said...

what a perfect weekend at the lake!!definitely a way i would like to spend my labor day weekend. i love the photo of the dog under the umbrella at the beach too adorable!

Amanda C. said...

That sounds like the perfect weekend. I was working the weekend and holiday. I truly was a labor day for me.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Sounds and looks like SO much fun! The perfect end to summer :)

jaimie michelle said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! I would love to take a weekend (or week-long) trip to a lake!!

And I'm a DG too!!

Jaimie

Kristy said...

I LOVE going to the lake!! We have a lake house on a private lake near us and I absolutely LOVE it!!! Looks like ya'll had a great time!!

Adrienne said...

Hey Ruthie - I have a Canon EOS Rebel T2i that my hubby bought for my birthday last year. I found it pretty easy to learn the basics of it. Check out this blog http://www.kimberlygauthier.com/ She's a self taught photographer who gives lessons in photography in terms you can actually understand. Pretty cool. :) Good luck with making a decision!

Yana said...

Labor day was spent playing intense volleyball at the park :) Didn't get much of a tan, haha.

There are so many options when it comes to cameras. I have a Nikon D5000, and it has served me well when paired with my 35mm/f1.8. Main thing is training your eye to see potential for beauty at any moment. Then beautiful photographs will be made often :)

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