We didn't do much in the way of Christmas-y today. Simon and I hung garland and lights over the front door, but school gobbled up much of our day. Once Sean was home, it was fishing time. I'm bummed that I didn't follow him to the dock as he fell in the lake. There's a first time for everything and I am so wishing I had that one on film. Apparently he just backed right off the dock while pushing the boat out, flailing and grasping at the air once he realized there was no more dock. I did feel a little bad that I laughed before making sure he was alright. He was fine.
Then the boys got in the water. They hauled several large trees and a bazillion little trees out of the water that have been there for a long, long time.
This left picture is the side we have yet to clear. The right it cleared down to the dirt.
Our plan is to put a deck in where the giant hump in the ground is. The slope is much steeper than it seems in the pictures. So steep that Jude refuses to walk down the hill, thankfully. Steep enough that tripping over one of the many, many stumps left in the ground can put your butt in the lake. It was pretty amazing that nobody got hurt during our two days of clearing. The big pit by the roots of the felled tree made for a natural bonfire pit. We burned so many leaves! We saved a good bit of the wood to use in our little chimnea and found a ton of cedar that we saved. It smells so amazing. See Sean and Felix on the boat? Felix got the quote of the day for telling Sean, "You're on your way to becoming the best underwater stick catcher." They did snag a bass, but he didn't make it into the boat. He took a nibble of Sean's fake worm bait, spit it out, and said, "Try again, Sucka."
This is the cleared side, straight down. And the uncleared side.
This was last month. A bit exaggerated as far as a before picture because all the leaves were still on the trees. However, you can see how straggly the shore was. All those stinking little bushes and low limbs. All gone now. I am so thankful for my friends and their Paul Bunyan boys for getting the job done. The blisters will take a while to heal, but the view is so worth it!! Who wants to go fishing?!