Summer Adventuring | Part Three

This has been a pretty awesome summer in terms of adventures.

After our fun times  camping with my brother & family & friends + and our Seattle experience we stopped at home for one night before heading out to a local favorite: Fern Ridge Reservoir. 

Friends with boats tend to be very fun friends. 

We're lucky to have a couple friends from college who have boats and one of them has a membership out at a boating club at Fern Ridge which enabled this big group to head out there and bring all the kids and set up tents and enjoy each other. These are college friends that Chris and I share - they are all doing pretty darn good adapting to our new relationship. 

Photos included in this post are a mix of iPhone and DSLR. Digital brushes featured on photos include: Summer ActivitiesBecause I Love You Labels, and We Do Love.

Aaron and his kids came out which meant Anna and his daughter were attached at the hip. They are mischief makers. 

Simon had lots of room to explore and check things out on the docks. 

Say hello to Heather - my friend of twenty years now. 

As I mentioned above, going out in the boats is a special treat for my kids. 

Both were super excited for the experience. 

Anna might just be the kid standing on the tube. Might. 

Don't worry, we were going really slow at this point. 

But yes, that's her. 

I have fond memories of spending time with family friends when I was a kid and getting to go out on their boat. We had a boat but it was a drift boat which is absolutely not the same thing. Great for salmon and crab. Not great for going fast and water skiing or tubing. 

Needless to say, they had fun. 

And so did I. 

That's me and my friend Jonathan doing a double-cannonball off the back of one of the boats. 

Ah, yeah. 

I love the water. 

Always have and probably always will. 

I think that love of water has been passed on genetically to my kids. Especially to Simon. 

I posted a version of this image on Instagram and wrote, "This kid. I can guarantee you right now he's out there talking through The Hobbit or The Wizard Of Oz. Love that he loves the water and wanted to go out again on his own."

He'd been really repeating both movies during our time out at the lake so I know he was out there enjoying uninterrupted time running through his favorite pieces of dialogue and seeing the images in his mind. 

It was one of those moments I just sat on the grass and watched him and marveled at life and the light and his awesome spirit.  

Another story that's missing a photo from this weekend was Simon having his first experience on waterskis.  

He was so excited after watching the other kids his age (and younger) and had his heart set on trying and there was no way I was going to dash that enthusiasm. He got in the water. My friend Heather who has been waterskiing since she was a kid and is awesomely patient and an excellent teacher, got in with him. They got the skis on and talked him through the steps, reminding him to make sure to let go of the rope if he falls. Number one thing is to let go of the rope. 

Have you ever tried to waterski? 

It's HARD. It's hard for people who are physically fit. It's hard for people who are coordinated. It takes practice and persistence and more practice.

It didn't go so well. 

He let go of the rope a little too late. 

To say he was pretty upset would be an understatement. He was past the point of listening to us talk about how many times we each had to practice and try and fall before we were able to get up on those skis. That part was really hard for him to understand. 


And man I was so proud of him for being excited and for simply trying. That was a pretty big step for him.

The crew. I've known these guys for over 20 years. I attended each of their weddings and they were all at mine. I'm thankful that we all continue to care for each other and our growing families. 

Good guys. Hilarious. Smart. Fun. 

For some reason we didn't do a picture of the ladies. Next year. 

Of course, camping would not be the same without S'mores. 

Super thankful for these adventures. Super thankful for these friends. Super thankful for this life. 

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16 thoughts

  1. mtercha says…

    Beautiful writing. It seems like you had an awesome summer, not only for the experiences or activities, but the growth you and your family had. The the stuff with your business , professional side of things, Simon's big steps forward, everybody getting out of their comfort zone and just going for it. Very inspiring. Your heart must be so bursting full. And that's so wonderful. Michelle t

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  2. aprilch says…

    I love how effectively you and Chris co-parent. I'm sure it wasn't easy and I'm sure it still isn't but from what I can tell from what you share on this website, you guys are doing an amazing job of it and your kids are thriving because of it. And kudos to your friends for adapting so well too. My parents divorced when I was 5 and things were acrimonious for so many years and I'm here to tell you that I still feel the effects of it 30 years later. And high fives to Simon for trying water skiing! I can't even imagine getting up the nerve to try it myself so bravo to him!

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  3. shersley says…

    I completely agree with what aprilch said above. Your ability to peacefully co-parent is such a wonderful gift to your kids. Several times while reading this I felt that emotion bubbling up inside me... just happy for you and for your family. So inspired by your growth and your continued work to document everything. So awesome that Aaron was comfortable enough to be around a big group of yours and Chris' old friends. Such maturity all the way around. I'm also so happy/amazed that you are willing to document Chris' relationship with the kids... it's a part of your kids' story and (unfortunately/fortunately) a part of your story. Documenting him for your kids and also as a part of your life sends such an important message to your kids about making the best of situations, having self-awareness, overcoming challenges, showing maturity, (the list goes on and on). You are amazing Allie. You inspire soooooo many! Thank you.

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  4. maiaohe says…

    I can only imagine how difficult water skiing is. I admire Simon for trying. I have loved reading about your adventures this summer. I need to get busy and document my summer adventures. Today is my last day of summer vacation. I hate to see it go because I so love summer.

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  5. hprins says…

    Man you are emotionally healthy. What an inspiration you are Ali. Seriously.

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    1. AliEdwards says…

      In some areas yes, in some areas not so much. HA. Total work in progress.

  6. AmberCA says…

    So awesome! Love all the outdoor adventure pics...especially the one of you doing a canonball....seriously awesome!

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  7. desilei says…

    Another great example of the benefits of amicable co-parenting. I have a lot to learn from you, Ali. Keep it up.

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  8. vicki_dalton says…

    LOVE the guys jumping!!!!!!!!
    Got a good laugh!

    Just gotta ask about your cap. Do you like the Braves or do you wear it for the "A"?

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  9. ksenia says…

    Wait, wait, wait... he has a Weezer T-shirt on!? Cool guy indeed.

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    1. AliEdwards says…

      Yep. Big fan.

  10. ChrisyC says…

    It’s a joy to watch you thrive :) 
    Completely agree with Heather above. Thank you for setting an awesome example of living life intentionally and in an emotionally healthy way. Love it. You rock.

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    1. AliEdwards says…

      Thank you!

  11. colletties says…

    Totally loved this post. The friendships. The fact that there is grace after divorce. Beautiful. I am a water person too. Always have been. Hope Simon tries skiing again one day. Good on him for trying it!

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  12. jemi says…

    No one understood how my ex-husband and I stayed on good terms for 24 years after divorce. (after 4 years of college and 20 years of marriage). I never forgot why I liked him at the beginning,and never forgot who I thought he was at the beginning. My Six Word Story: "I loved him so. So sad." Operative Word: loved/past tense. We never know what we are capable of, do we?

    Not sure why I didn't get this Post either in my e-mail or in Feedly until today (Wednesday). I did get the Digital Download post e-mail today. And One Little Word yesterday.

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