The Smith Family Float – 2016

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For seven years now, the Smiths and Ippoliti’s (Tyler’s side) have all gone kayaking at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia. It’s crazy to think that we’ve been doing this for that long now! We always have shirts printed by Uniform Graphix out of Westminster, Maryland (they do an amazing job!) with a different design each year. It’s always a blast and we just love being together…

You guys know Tori! Shei and Erik came last year too… Here’s a little peek at the shirt design that I drew this year! We don’t take our phones or cameras on the river with us anymore… As you can imagine, when we flip, technology floats to the bottom so until we invest in waterproof cameras, there’s no actual float footage but we have the best time… The park staff loads us up with the rented kayaks in two vans, and drop us off about 5 miles up the river. We then kayak until we’re done… about 4-5 hours depending on how fast the water is moving… This year it was moving fast so we got done quickly! More time to be together back at Mark and Tracy’s! This year we saw two Eagles (saw a couple last year too!) and a water snake which thankfully I did not see and did not find out about until close to the end… I am petrified of snakes and would have damn near fainted no doubt. Seven years floating and I’ve never seen one….. Phew. We also saw a heron and ducks… and a few fish jump up out of the water! We all float in packs… switching it up every so often as we go over the little rapids. It’s such a relaxing time and so fun to be together enjoying nature… Then we return to Tracy and Mark’s for part 2 of the day… Dinner and drinks!
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We LOVE these two to pieces!! They enrich our lives so much and we are so happy that they came to float with us again, and fit right in with our family! Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer

We sat together for a while and told stories, had a few cocktails, and hung out until it was time for dinner. We all sleep over that night – hence the tents!
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FAMILY TREE: Tyler’s father’s name is Dan. He has Ryan (who lives in Florida), Tyler, and then Jarod. Dan’s sister Tracy and her hubby Mark are the Ippolit’s… His brother Matt and his girlfriend Cheryl also came along with Matt’s daughter Kellie, her boyfriend Jarrett, my brother Jesse and his gf Karlie, Tori and Erik, and Jarod’s gf Mary… FUN group!

Kellie… Dan telling a story… and Jesse… and Karlie!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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Erik and Tori!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Jarrett!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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Mark, Jarod, and Mary…Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
My handsome hubby…Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Cheryl! Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
And Matt… telling a story of course… making us laugh…Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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It’s not a party unless there’s Fernet Branca! Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
….and an air guitar or two!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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Love my beautiful bestie…..Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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Pretty girls!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
LOVE that Karlie got to come with us this year! She fit right in… Was like she’s always been around… Love these two cuties together…!Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
Tyler’s birthday is on July 23rd so we usually celebrate during the float! Tracy always makes a cake for whoever’s birthday it is… She’s something else! Homemade “Carvel” ice cream cake! Oreo flavored… His favorite…Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer
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We party hardy into the night… sleep over… and wake up to amazing coffee. Everything just tastes better in that house! Probably because we’re all together and all of the goodness is heightened. We hung all of our float shirts (yes, we’re missing a couple – we didn’t do shirts 2 of the 7 years…) on a tree for a photo – something kinda funny that Pop Pop used to do… Family story… now carried on through our own shenanigans… Kirsten Smith Photography, Family Photos, Kayak Trip, Maryland Photographer

This year will fly by and soon enough, it’ll be that time again….. This year has definitely topped the rest! Cheers to next year! And love you all…

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  • Nina Morrison - Absolutely wonderful pics /what a great tradition❤️happy Birthday Tyler…you are a blessed man!ReplyCancel

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