This year we had a house right on a lake with a great beach and access to a kayak just out the back door. The proximity was perfection. Even led to a few after dinner impromptu fully clothed swim sessions. Elizabeth started the summer as a still cautious swimmer but by the end of this week was doing head stands under water and swimming the length of the pool. This was actually a dare from James which earned her his serving of pie at dinner.
Henry spent much of the vacation identifying all the relatives. He had a lot of folks to keep track of and roll call was complicated at times. I think his most interesting subject was James... better known of teeth. James's braces were a fascinating addition and anytime Henry saw James he would just say 'teeth' with a big old smile. He knew it was funny.
Our holiday spot actually was quite close to Jeff's childhood summer camp, Pinemere. He spent seven summers of his youth at this camp and we spent a morning visiting.
Some of the adult leaders at the camp actually remembered Jeff and were his camp mates back in the day. Fun to see them recount stories.