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My fam at the lake

I’ve been home now for 2 weeks, but just wanted to share a few of my favorite shots from my family (dukes+my 3 brothers and their fams+my parents) at a lakehouse in Houston. I love getting together with my family.  In just a few weeks, all of us will be living in Texas once again.  See, I’m at the bottom having just jumped into the picture after setting my timer.  My parents up top and my 3 brothers in the middle next to their wives.

We rented a boat and some wave runners for a few hours. My impressive hubby doing the handstand on the raft being pulled by the boat.

My little bro, the master boat driver, and my sis in law cuddling my baby (she’s expecting one of her own–see a few posts below).

Below, I am trying to demonstrate my favorite part about a boat–going fast and having the wind blow through my hair.  My bro was driving and I was up front and the tip of the boat was really high up.  I held out my little camera to capture that wind blown look and accidentally (but happily) got my hubby in the background.  I love this shot.

 My kids and nephew bravely jumped off of this 25 foot pier.  2 of my kids went over and over.  One of them was satisfied with just once.  I was happy to stand aside and take lots of pictures:)

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  1. I LOVE the shot of your whole fam on the steps…what does your t-shirt say??? looks clever!

    and the wind-blown hair + hubs in the background is priceless! I LOVE that one! looks like fun!

    what lake was this? conroe?

  2. L O V E the one on the steps. I am going to borrow that when ever I have to do pics of a larger group. And your other images are stunning as always. Looks like a great time was had by all.

  3. Hey Kris! Fun pictures! I love the way you did the family picture. So creative.
    Sorry I haven’t commented….I don’t know why, but I couldn’t figure out how to on your new blog for awhile. Glad I finally got my brains together! :)

  4. LOVE that top picture of all your family!!!! Totally great idea!!!

    You asked about my sister on my post (thanks for the comment)
    She was my little (17) sister (only sister with 5 brothers) and she died in a car accident Aug 7, 2000. (11 days before my wedding.)
    I wrote more about here on these posts.
    http://rhondasteed.blogspot.com/2009/11/grief-is-like-wave.html
    http://rhondasteed.blogspot.com/2007/08/my-sister.html
    Rhonda

  5. Kristen Duke says:

    Yes–Shari–it was Lake Conroe.

  6. I love the pictures of her jumping off of the pier. You can feel the movement in it.

  7. tricia dunlap says:

    what a special time for your family – and you captured it beautifully!!!!

  8. tricia dunlap says:

    what a special time for your family – and you captured it beautifully!!!!

  9. tricia dunlap says:

    what a special time for your family – and you captured it beautifully!!!!

  10. Jenny Polson says:

    SO FUN! What great memories! I love the one of you and the wind blowing in your hair…=-)

  11. that first photo is great!!

  12. These are wonderful, Kristen! What fun – and so well displayed in your photos. There’s something so timeless about summer family fun on the lake.

    I love that group shot – I find really large groups a challenge, those steps are perfect for getting everyone in the shot and it’s eye catching & artful at the same time!

    And all I can say is WOW.. that’s one brave little girl you have! (Big jump!)

  13. These are wonderful, Kristen! What fun and so well displayed in your photos. There’s something so timeless about summer family fun on the lake.

    I love that group shot – I find really large groups a challenge… Nice work! Those steps are perfect for getting everyone in the shot and it’s eye catching & artful at the same time!

    And all I can say is WOW… that’s one brave little girl you’ve got! (Big jump!)

  14. BEAUTIFUL!! Is this lake near Austin? I’m in San Antonio, so trying to find the best lake is important to us!

  15. Kathy Edwards says:

    Hi Kristen! I am a friend of Ryan and Alayna! I worked with Ryan in Albany, GA (Merck). He actually sent me the website because he knows how I love viewing family photos! They are beautiful.

    Maybe one day I will have an opportunity for you to take some photos of my family!

    Kathy

  16. Angela Hill says:

    I’m a Hill…. I wish I could have been there. It looks like so much fun!!