Weekend of Wind Down

Weekend of Wind Down

Chris and Michelle got their house in Colton on the market last weekend so this weekend the lake called a little stronger than other weekends this summer.

Saturday was an afternoon spent at the lake with dinner in the boat from the shipwreck and a semi early night home. Sunday was another early return with a nice lunch of BLT’s. The 18 foot trailer arrived with the burn barrel to help get some cleanup going.

Weather

It was sunny, in the mid 80’s with variable winds mostly low from the southeast.

People

The Uthe’s (Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret)

Birthday Bonanza

Birthday Bonanza

Chris’s Birthday celebration kicked off at about 11 with Chris, Michelle, William and Michelle arriving. Nate and Emily arrived a few minutes behind them. The kids immediately got into the water and Chris started installing the battery powered boat lift drive.

Grandma Julie, Grandpa Doug, Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Wayne arrived shortly after the others with the Whitcombs being the last to arrive around 2. Grandpa Doug and Grandpa Wayne grilled steaks while Emily and Michelle baked Chris a cake. Dinner was had and more water fun was embarked on. The grandpa’s went to Madison to get a battery for the boat lift, which resulted in a working boat lift.

All the kids got Jetski rides and then the boat was lowered for some tubing. The four oldest Whitcombs tubed, with even Justin getting some tube action for the first time.

Clean up and cake followed with everyone heading home.

Weather

It was sunny, in the low 80’s with a stronger north western breeze. The wind subsided by 5:00. The water was very clear due to the wind. Yard is growing some new grass where it got seeded.

People

Chris Uthe, Michelle Uthe, William Uthe, Margaret Uthe, Julie & Doug Caron, Nate & Emily Anderson, Wayne Mader & Kathy Uthe, Jennifer, Justin, Grayson, Izzy, Gibson, Emerson & Maddie Whitcomb.

5th of July

5th of July

Fourth of July was spent away from the lake at the Caron’s but the 5th saw the Uthe’s (Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret) arrive at the lake to prepare for guests. The Caron’s (Doug, Julie) came along with the Anderson’s (Nate, Emily, Luke, Bonnie, Peder) for an afternoon of water and food.

The kids played in the water and rode jetski and Chris grill brats and hamburgers for a late lunch. Lunch was interrupted by a very heavy downpour as a thunderstorm went through.

Once the rain gave way the boat went out for tubing. Nate and Emily tubed with Margaret and William, and then Nate, Emily and Luke did some tubing. Rain once again broke out, followed by a leisurely boat ride to fill with gas.

Everyone packed up and headed home by 8.

Weather

It was mostly sunny, in the upper 80’s with variable winds mostly low from the south, trailing off by 4:00. A couple isolated thunderstorms rolled through and heavy rain was observed.

People

The Uthes (Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret), The Carons (Doug, Julie), The Anderons (Nate, Emily), The Andersons (Peder, Bonnie, Luke)

Fathers Day Fun

Fathers Day Fun

Fathers day started with Michelle, William and Margaret arriving first, getting some food unloaded and Chris arriving later. The kids beelined strait for the water after sunscreen and were having a great time when the Koch’s arrived.

The kochs arrived with excitement and more water was the destination for the kids. The Dad’s utilized Kelly’s side by side and moved walk ways into position. Baby Oliver got some outside time with Mom under the umbrella, which seemed to make for some good sleepy times. Arlo helped dad’s move pieces by being the official horn honker for the side by side.

Lunch was cooked up: hot dogs, chips and fruit. After lunch Will & Elsie wanted to go for a tube ride. This was the first solo tube ride for them together and they did great behind the jetski! The younger kids napped while the tubing took place.

During tubing Grandpa Doug called and wanted to put the boat in the water so Kelly & Chris ran across the lake and helped him launch it and got it on the lift.

After even MORE tubing there was a storm across the lake resulting in lightening and a pause to water activities while dinner was made.

Brats were grilled and boiled in beer and onions served with kraut and fixings, slow cooker potatoes and the rest of the essentials.

Dinner was followed by more tubing, jet ski rides for Arlo and Margaret and then clean up and bath time before everyone departed.

Weather

It was sunny, in the low 80’s with variable winds mostly low from the west, shifting to from the north east by evening.

People

The Uthe’s (Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret), The Koch’s (Kelly, Alicia, Elsie, Arlo, Oliver), The Caron’s (Doug, Julie)

Steak Saturday

Steak Saturday

The Uthe’s met at the lake to have dinner and let the kids play in the water. Michelle brought baked potatoes in the crock pot (first time trying this, do again!) and some serloin steaks. Chris grilled while the kids played and everyone enjoyed dinner. The water worked great and we cleaned up and headed home after dinner.

  • Raw steaks seasoned, on a grill

Weather

It was sunny, in the upper 80’s with a strong wind out of the south.

People

The Uthe’s (Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret)

Anniversary Evening

Anniversary Evening

June 1st is Chris and Michelle’s anniversary and typically Chris has to be at a work conference. This year however it’s cancelled due to CoVID-19. Michelle had to go to work and the kids to daycare so Chris made dinner (spaghetti) and met Michelle and kids at the lake. After dinner the kids played in the water while Chris and Michelle talked long term plans for the house. A group of teenagers played next door starting around 8. The Brende’s trailer got pulled out today in anticipation of a new one.

Weather

It was sunny, in the low 90’s with just a hint of a southerly breeze. The water was crystal clear at 7:00 PM. Yard is finally growing some grass between the debris, it needs to be cleaned up to mow.

People

Chris Uthe, Michelle Uthe, William Uthe, Margaret Uthe.

4th Down

4th Down

Weekend 4/5 in August started Friday with Michelle and I dropping things off and picking up kids from Grandma’s. Dinner at the Hillside turned into William staying with Grandma over night. Margaret and Michelle and I made our way back to the lake for the night.

Saturday

Saturday morning breakfast was followed by Michelle’s friend Sara and her son Cash coming to visit. Cash and Margaret got some good quality play time in outside in the yard and sand before coming in due to wind and temperature. Lunch was BLT’s and Cash played outside while Margaret napped. I went to re-supply in town and pick up William from Grandma and Grandpa Caron’s. After we got back we made steaks, sweet corn and shrimp scampi for dinner. Grandma and Grandpa joined us late for dinner. Sara and Cash returned to Sioux Falls for the night.

People

Chris/Michelle/William/Margaret Uthe, Sara and Cash, Doug and Julie Caron.

Weather

Windy from the south and chilly in mid 70’s. Mostly cloudy with a few splashes of sunshine.

Boat Drop

Boat Drop

Myself, Michelle and the kids went out to get the boat back on the lift after Interlakes Sports Center came and fixed the lift. We got there and had dinner followed by dropping the boat in. Michelle ran the truck back around while William and I went for a drive across the lake. After picking up Michelle, Cassie and Margaret we got a nice cruise in.

Margaret decided to go for a swim when we got back off the boat and fell into the water. No injuries just a wet annoyed toddler. We packed it in and came home after getting the boat tarped and wound up.

Weather

Mid 70’s a breeze out of the northwest. Beautiful clear water. As the night wore on the breeze wore off.

People

The Uthe’s (Chris/Michelle/Margaret/William)

The Third August Sunday

The Third August Sunday

Weekend 3/5 in August this year saw severe weather roll through on Saturday night, blowing the skirting out from under the trailer yet again. Chris showed up early Sunday morning to fix it up and try to mow but the inch plus of rain kept the yard wet and un-mowable.

Michelle and the Kids (William/Margaret) showed up later Sunday morning and helped prep for guests. Chris lit a bonfire, cleaned up the paddle boat and got it on the water and made some stuffed peppers in advance. The lake was once again absolutely stunning as a slight breeze from the north left our side with no algae and no waves. Despite being cloudy and cooler (low sixties early morning) friends Max and Jenna came with their kids.

While the kids got some water time in we made brats and sweet corn for lunch. Post lunch the boat came down for tubing and boat rides, but a broken lift meant it stayed down and eventually got pulled from the lake until repairs can be made.

After tubing the flyboard got put in and both Max and Jenna attempted, both with some success. Chris took the opportunity to flyboard as well.

After Max and Jenna left Doug & Julie came to help pull the boat out while the lift was fixed, and everyone cleaned up and headed for home.

Weather

Cool and cloudy in the morning with nearly no wind (61 degrees). The afternoon saw periods of sunshine with full fun by 5:00 or so. As the sun came out and the temperatures climbed a chilly north breeze picked up.

People

Chris, Michelle, William, Margaret, Max, Jenna (+kids), Doug Caron, Julie Caron.