Smith Mountain Lake

  • Family Vacation 2014

we were little, we had some extravagant vacations with my family. Not extravanagant in the sense of “fancy”… they were extravagant because of all that we accomplished. When I was about 11 or 12, my parents loaded us up in our family motorhome and drove us out west… like, to the GRAND CANYON! ha! It was a three week adventure and we explored Yellowstone, the Rockies, the Badlands, etc. I remember it all. Well, now that we’re older and our schedules are all different, it’s hard to find an extended period of time to all be together.

Thankfully, Michael and I stuck to our guns and saved a weekend in July to have some time off. We had to do this a year in advance in order to actually make it happen and we are SO thankful that we did!!Just one Saturday off can do WONDERS!!! So since we had this time off, our family planned a little vacation from Thursday to Sunday. It may not seem like a long trip but it was awesome! We rented a house on Smith Mountain Lake and I think we spent more time on the Boat than we did in the HOUSE! :) I have the sunburn to prove it!! It was a blast and as much as I loved the boat rides, looking at pretty lake houses and getting thrown off of the tube… my favorite part of the trip was being with my family. I’m so thankful that we love each other and enjoy time together! Family vacations are always a highlight of our summers and I’m excited to give you a little peak of our time together. Warning: There are a TON of epic tubes shots. They may get old to you but we’re going to be laughing at these for years to come and so I’m blogging a lot of them!! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this blog isn’t just about our business, it’s an online scrapbook of our life!! I LOVE looking back at vacations I posted YEARS ago! :) So here’s our Smith Mountain Lake adventure of 2014. Enjoy!!!

So as soon as we got there and unpacked, Michael and Joe decided to hang their hammocks…. over the water. It was quite entertaining watching them try to actually get INTO them! First attempt:


Second attempt….


Joe even tried a few times…

Eventually they made it in! 

Momma and her grand-puppy!

I PROMISE Michael isn’t naked!

And now the real fun begins! 

Corey (my brother) LOVES tubing… it’s probably one of his top 5 favorite things to do! So he was in HEAVEN… and you can tell by all of his MANY facial expressions…

New brother-in-laws! So thankful Joe puts up with our crazy family! AND that he’s a great tuber! :)

Love this! 

Joe was relaxing… 

But you can’t relax long out there before someone tips you over!

Ha! Love this!!

Annnd you won’t see many pictures of me and Emy tubing… haha But here are a few! I’m pretty much as white as they come. No tan for this girl! 

No idea how we ended up on the same tube but when the other tubes are vacant, they FLY! And it’s SCARY!! 

Sheer terror!!! ha!


That was end of day one… and we came home, ate dinner, played games and prepared for day two.

Love that shot of Daddy and Corey on the right:) Best buds. 

Bokeh boy does great on the boat… but the bumps scare him and the sun makes him tired so he likes to snuggle up. :)

The captains… and we’ll allow daddy’s hat ONLY because we don’t want him to get skin cancer… ha!

air born again! 

They seriously tubed for 4 days straight! And Michael has raw skin and a life jacket tan to prove it!

Momma gets the puppy snuggles. They like sitting with her during the bumpy parts. :) 

Oh my gosh.. how could anyone not love a face like that?! What a CUTIE!!

More tubing… 

Love this:)

And this immediately followed…

If you look closely, Corey is still hanging on!!!

It looks like Michael kicked corey in the face!

Michael rode like this for a good 20 seconds! Impressive!

And then we hit the biggest wake of the day… 

And Joe literally FLEW!!!

End of day two… and Corey found a random inner-tube and floated out to sea. (He really wasn’t far from the dock but the way I cropped this makes it seem like he was in the great abyss!)

Day three included illegal cliff jumping…

Joe had the best form!

Annnd more tubing:) 

Love this! They had a blast! 


And then this was the sad part of day 3…. Emy spotted a baby fawn stuck in the rocks on the shoreline and we thought it was dead. However, when we looped back around, we saw it flick its’ ear. Poor little thing. It was barely breathing and so Corey and Michael used a towel and picked it up.

They were going to leave it in the grass but another guy pulled up and said his mom worked for a wildlife rescue and so he took it away to get some help.

Obviously mother nature takes it’s course but when you see a little guy like this snuck and left to die… it’s impossible to just forget about him. He made not have made it and we’ll never know… but at least we tried!

Day four included packing up and doing some more TUBING. I’m STILL sore!!  We had so much fun and I’m so thankful for the time off! Now we’re prepping for the second half of wedding season, our first international workshop and several conferences!! Work hard. Play hard. :)

xoxo, Katelyn
22 Comments Personal, Travels
  1. Kristina W. reply

    Hahahahaha!!! I was giggling so much looking at these tubing photos! I hope the little fawn made it, so precious! Thanks for sharing these awesome vaacation photos, it looks like so much fun!

  2. Deborah Zoe reply

    This has got to be my fave post of yours:D Dave’s parents live on a lake… I’m sending this link to them, we’ve been begging them to get a boat again — this is why!!:)

  3. Libby reply

    LOVE this post! Reminds me of my summers during high school and college on Lake Monticello!

  4. Mary Marantz reply

    Ahhh SO fun!! This makes me miss WV & our home Lake SO much!!

  5. Brooke reply

    So fun! My family is doing the same thing this weekend in Branson, mo & I can’t wait to get out on the lake!!

  6. Aunt Susan reply

    As my dad used to say…. “And a Good Time Was Had by All!”
    As I was looking at the first tubbing photos, I said, OK…..Michael is in the purple vest,,,, later oh,….Michael is in the orange vest…. Then, oh, that is Michael in the grey vest!!!! Haha
    We need to get him a teal life vest!!

  7. Erin reply

    Bahaha! I really needed this belly laugh today. I can’t stop laughing at their faces! Looks like a great time!:)

  8. Lelia Marie reply

    That looks like every summer when I was growing up. Sad to say it rarely happens anymore :-( So glad you had fun!

  9. carlyn kachurek reply

    I am dying over here!!! these are hilarious! some great tubing faces, I hope the guys don’t kill you for sharing these! hahahah!!

  10. renee @ savoring life through the lens reply

    every single picture made me smile big…except for the poor fawn…made a bit teary but , wow, how amazing that someone was able to take him for help that was needed. hope he’s ok! but, these pics are truly the best!! makes me wanna go tubing right now!! :)

  11. Shelley Hohe reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post of yours. How fun! Reminds me of my childhood going camping and tubing. But I must admit I am a bit jealous for the fact the tubing now and days are better than what we had in the 80’s. We had the black rubber inner tubes with the whole in the middle and they would get so hot! Now that we have teenagers we just finally purchased a camping trailer now we just need a boat…they would love it! Thanks for sharing!!!

  12. Ashley Duke reply

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! I loved all of the tubing pictures! Takes me back to family vacations when i was younger as well!!

  13. Rebekah Carter reply

    Awesome pictures! The snuggling bokeh ones are so adorable. Poor fawn. I’m glad someone came along who could try to save it.

  14. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    I love this!

  15. Debbie reply

    Wow! what a blast! the tubing pictures are so classic! What camera/lenses did you use for those? I always want to use our pro cameras for personal photos and the hubby is so reluctant because he’s convinced that I’ll ruin/drop/break everything! (for the record, I never have and yes, we have insurance!) Anyway, I’d love to hear what you use because he swears by everything you do :-) (rightfully so!)

  16. Jill Powers reply

    My absolute favorite post! I died laughing looking at those tubing shots! SO glad you got a weekend off!! xo

  17. Amanda reply

    I have not laughed this hard in FOREVER thank you for it hahahah!!! :) I LOVE tubing and haven’t been in years, and it breaks my heart, and it’s my life goal to do it again within the next year because I miss it! But I am boat less hahahahah!!! :)

  18. Mallory reply

    The tubing pictures are hilarious!!! Looks like so much fun!!! :)

  19. Miranda Bounds reply

    One of my favorite posts EVER!! LOVE it! Our family loves tubing too. You are SO right…one Saturday off is a must every now and then. Good for ya’ll!

  20. Taylor reply

    Hilarious tubing photos! There’s nothing like being on the water. Love it!

  21. Annetta reply

    LOL!! this looks like so much fun! Glad you had an awesome break!

  22. Carissa Kennedy reply

    Those tubing shots are awesome!! I’ve realized I’m too old for that now! THe pain for the days after aren’t worth it :)

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