It happens only once a year,
kind of like Christmas, it comes rather you are ready or not.
When you marry into, or are born into the Kirton family,
it is expected of you to attend the annual
Half Moon Lake Vacation.
This year I counted 76 people.
There were a few missing due to being 9 months pregnant,
(good thing Kylie stayed home as her baby was born early Saturday morning)
and some were absent due to deployment. How awesome is that? We have 2
from our family fighting for the freedoms we all enjoy.
We missed you, Dave and Bradey.
Other than that just about everyone was there.
It all started with these 2...
We estimated that this trip has been taking place for 46-48 years.
For me, I am going on my 32nd year of being a Kirton.
That means I have attended this vacation for 32 years in a row.
I haven't missed a year. Believe me, there were times I wished I could have missed,
like the time I had a 7 week old baby, or when I was 8 months prego,
or the many times that Kristen was sick, or how about last year when Kristen had
passed away just 2 weeks prior.
But all of those times I went anyway. I was glad I did.
Half Moon Lake has become a sacred place.
A place of renewal.
The place never changes.
People change,circumstances change and I have found that you can't
always rely on people, but this place...
It doesn't change and you can always count on it.
Beautiful Peaceful Serene Tranquil
We all feel it and at times in our lives we long for it.
So each year, we all return.
It is one of those "suck the marrow out of life" weeks.
We fill the week with boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wake boarding,
tubing, four wheeling, snorkeling, walking, hiking, kayaking, campfires, smores,
and one of my favorites... stargazing.
Almost every night we sit on the beach and watch the sky.
We are not allowed to leave until everyone has seen their own falling star.
This year we had an Indian theme party,
we broke a pinata to celebrate a birthday,
and we played "Minute to Win It."
It was a grand and simple week.
I think that is what makes this week so special,
It is both grand and simple at the same time.
Kristen was and continues to be in my every thought.
She loved this place.
Kristen's last trip to the lake in 2009
We love and miss you more than words could ever say.