A September Evening On The Lake

September 12, 2018

We kicked off our fall bucket list this last weekend with a boating excursion on the lake. Our sweet girl has been talking about boating since we took her last summer. And we knew we wanted another boating adventure before the season ended. So I booked a pontoon months ago, hoping the weather would cooperate for a fall evening on the water.

Low and behold, it's been so rainy in the mountains of Virginia, and all last week the forecast called for rain. But, we crossed our fingers (wanted to avoid losing money based on their cancellation policy) and went on ahead. The blue skies lasted for about 20 minutes until the rain started falling. Fortunately, it really didn't last too long, and the rest of our evening was really great. But, I have to be honest, as pretty as these photos are (thanks to my sister for capturing most of them), I didn't have the best time for the first bit of our adventure. I fight against anxiety, and during that first hour on the boat, with a baby in a life jacket that she didn't like, rain falling, and feeling like I couldn't move (to avoid waking the baby that had finally fallen asleep and settled in her jacket) I was an anxious mess. In fact, I was more than ready to forgo the rest of the trip and head home, getting far away from that lake and the worries. Needless to say, I just wasn't having fun and felt like I was bringing down the rest of the boat too. 

Luckily for me, things turned around once the rain stopped and husband anchored the boat to eat dinner, which gave me the chance to take Quinn out of her life jacket to nurse her. A little food, a free + happy baby, and just a moment of calm was what I needed to let the anxious feelings go and enjoy the rest of our time boating. I handed the babe off to my mom for the last bit, and was able to relax and take in the fun too. I'm thankful we stuck it out through the rain and I stuck it out through the anxiety. What could have been a bummer of a trip, turned out to be sweet quality time together.