July 4th at Lake Anna

For the second year in a row the Zucaro family packed up for Lake Anna for a weekend on the water. The weather was fantastic and the water temperature wasn’t too bad. We enjoyed ourselves and the company we were with, and also did our fair share of chasing Layla around - she was much more mobile this time (she was only a few months old last year)!

A couple of takeaways for the weekend overall:

  • This is the second time we’ve forgotten coffee and sugar. We need to remember this next year. I think each time we assume that the house will be equipped with that stuff, but in actuality our affection for coffee is quite unique. The most we find in these rented houses is Maxwell House Instant, which is gross. Thanks goes to Jeremy for bringing Starbucks Via (and for sharing) and the store down the road for having granular sugar among their limited inventory.
  • Citronella candles would have been great to have, both for the light they provide and for their bug-repelling aspects. As it was we were mugged by mosquitos any time we were in the yard. Being that the yard had a very nice setup (firepit and picnic tables) it would have been nice not to be attacked constantly.
  • In lieu of a full-on high chair we could have bought a booster seat. It would have taken up less space in the car while providing Layla similar comfort for eating.
  • Someone brought a stereo with an auxiliary input. Not only was this perfect for outside (with an ipod/iphone), it was awesome connected to my computer as well. I fired up Amarok and we grooved out to some great music while we played 7-11-doubles.
  • Speaking of 7-11-doubles, I need to codify the rules somewhere. People were doling out shots on snake eyes (double 1s) when they themselves should be drinkingon them!
  • We really needed more utensils, plates, paper towels, and toilet paper. I have no idea why the house didn’t come more equipped with the latter item.

I spent most of the weekend relaxing, tubing, or watching Layla, so I didn’t have much time for photography. Here are some of the pictures I did have time to take:

Lake house pano

Lake house panoSee this image in full size

Rico hangs out in the yard

Rico hangs out in the yard See this image in full size

Rico and Mama Hilary have a moment

Rico and Mama Hilary have a moment See this image in full size

Phil inspects the peddle boat

Phil inspects the peddle boat See this image in full size

Layla uses the tripod-method to stand

Layla uses the tripod-method to stand See this image in full size

Rico is content to be wet near the dock

Rico is content to be wet near the dock See this image in full size

Phil and Rico make their way back to the house

Phil and Rico make their way back to the house See this image in full size

Layla is up and ready to walk with Mom

Layla is up and ready to walk with Mom See this image in full size

The crew hangs out in the lake house

The crew hangs out in the lake house See this image in full size

I catch Tommy off guard

I catch Tommy off guard See this image in full size

Stained glass leading to the back deck of the house

Stained glass leading to the back deck of the house See this image in full size

Instead of heading straight home, we instead took a pit stop at Phil’s house. Unfortunately we found out the AC was out upon our arrival, so we took a trip to the nearby campus of The University of Mary Washington. Kristin graduated from there back in 2004 and it had been years since we’d seen the beautiful buildings.

The campus of Mary Washington

The campus of Mary WashingtonSee this image in full size

A scorching day on the campus of Mary Washington

A scorching day on the campus of Mary Washington See this image in full size

Graffiti on the Mary Washington campus

Graffiti on the Mary Washington campus See this image in full size

Long hallway on Mary Washington

Long hallway on Mary Washington See this image in full size

Mary Washington's clock

Mary Washington's clock See this image in full size

After grabbing some local coffee (and enjoying their powerful AC), we went back to the house and hung out. We were all exhausted from the weekend’s drinking, so we mainly watched TV and ate Hilary’s amazing food (pizza dip, yes please!).

Kristin, Hilary, and Layla surf

Kristin, Hilary, and Layla surf See this image in full size

Jeremy is sick of Paulener

Jeremy is sick of Paulener See this image in full size

Rico takes a snooze

Rico takes a snooze See this image in full size

Oops, I woke him up!

Oops, I woke him up! See this image in full size

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