preparing the lantern and Kanneloni Macaroni rides her bike into the lake!

We heard there would be a lantern festival again on BC Day weekend so we decided to take the bikes down to the day camp and gather our lantern building supplies and bring them back to our campsite.

(Notice the wee baby in the bicycle seat complete with a dolly helmet...
more on that coming)

Little Miss Muffet decided from the get go that she would travel via Daddy's shoulders.

It didn't take long though and Kobe and his leash seemed like more fun than the bicycle and the shoulder ride.

Stuart found it easier to ride the girls bike than it was to carry it.

That bike got a run for its money!

Down at the day beach the lantern building was well underway.

We took our $15 worth of supplies and headed back.

Kanneloni Macaroni rode on a bit ahead and as soon as she was around a curve I heard her calling and crying for help.

I sprinted as fast as my grammie legs could go and there she was in the lake...
treading water face above water.
Her bike was submerged and I jumped in since I was at the front of the walkers.

For a four year old she is one pretty amazing swimmer.
Having just passed yet another class she put her survival skill of treading water to good use.

I was never so happy to be soaking wet in my clothes...
with my sweet four year old grand safe in my arms.

Her biggest concern?
Her Kya was still strapped in her bicycle seat with her helmet on in the water.
Since I was already sopping wet...
I hopped back in the lake to save the little doll's life...
and then...
we headed back to camp. 

Lantern supplies...
wet Grammie and Kanneloni Macaroni...
wet Kya.

While Grandpa and  Uncle Stuart / Daddy built the framework for the lantern...
and Kya hanging on the clothesline to start to dry out...
Kanneloni and I headed for a nice warm shower.

Around this time we got back and I asked "what's that"?

They were not sure...
since they had not really discussed the plan for the lantern.

The good thing is that the age of the grands allow the adults to build the lantern anyway they want without any guffawing from the peanut gallery.

It seemed...
they wanted to give the burning candle plenty of space to burn.

They were mighty proud of their lantern.

I had no part of it....
at all.


The lantern was set on the campfire pit to wait for the evening festival to begin.
The fire ban had begun the evening before so it seemed the safest place to sit.
As you can see...
it couldn't be put inside the trailer because of the girth.

The lantern never did get it's big chance to float.
As soon as supper was finished  the biggest rain drops began to fall and the lantern's very delicate cover dissolved in a mess.

The skies opened up...
the thunder and lightening began...
and within an hour the campsite was a lake.

Why don't I have any pictures of that?
We were in survival mode in the trailer....
all of us!

Did I care?
Not one speck.
I had my Kanneloni Macaroni safe beside me and that was all I cared about.

I was so thankful...
so thankful!


  1. Oh My - what a story and great pictures to boot!! You should make a child's book with this story and these pictures. Too bad about that beautiful lantern...

  2. Oh boy! That was quite a dive into the lake. So glad you were close behind and that she had water treading skills. That baby doll is hilarious hanging on the line and I'm just not going to comment about that, not one comment from this peanut gallery...

  3. Oh my. I'm so glad for the good outcome of Kanneloni's dip into the lake! How frightening for you all!! The lantern is certainly interesting looking and it would have been nice to see if it could fly. Sounds like you got some much needed rain after the dry spell but too bad it put such a damper on your camping trip. Blessings.

  4. Oh, that lantern made me chuckle! No words of advice or anything. We have learned that taking a deep breath helps, right?
    So thankful with you that KM is safe! What matters most!

  5. I too think you should write this story for a children's book! Get Julene to illustrate it and you're set! :-)

  6. Oh that was way too exciting! So glad that Kanneloni knew how to tread water. That must have been very scary for her and I can only imagine your horror if you had seen it happen. Bad enough as it was. It goes to prove how quickly little ones can get in trouble and why we need The Lord to stand in the gap for us. I read this aloud to John and he was amazed at the goodness of God. He also reminded me how close he was to having to jump into the brink to rescue Jake when Jake thought that it would be fun to hop into the falls. At least you know that Kanneloni didn't go in on purpose! Praising God all over the place after reading this...

  7. Oh my. Thanks be to God. I can just imagine your relief. Water treading skills at 4 are a very good thing!

  8. Proof again that Grandmas are super-heroes! :)
    So happy to hear that all ended well; what a scare for her (and you).

  9. Oh my - that sounds a little scary - and reminds me of another camping accident a long time ago... so very thankful she is okay - what a brave girlie! Love, Flo

  10. Amazing how drama "happens" when it is least expected. So glad it was an "All's well that ends well" kind of drama.
    Was the lantern supposed to be lit in camp or floated on the lake?

  11. All's well that ends well! There's always much to be thankful for...even if things don't go as planned. Glad you weren't 'wearing' your camera when you went into the lake.

  12. You certainly are a multi-talented lady! You appear on the set of television sets and you dive into the water to rescue a little girl and her doll. So thankful it all had a happy ending. Great pictures!


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