Wordful Wednesday-Improvisation and Lake Arrowhead

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There is SO much to do and see in Southern California. Jeff and I have enjoyed showing our kids some of the wonders we were raised around.

Like Lake Arrowhead. At more than 5,000 feet above sea level, the drive up is amazing with views of the valley below. Lake Arrowhead is located high on the south slope of Californiaโ€™s San Bernardino Mountains. It really is a remarkable slice of the natural world. The makers of Arrowhead water must have thought so too because it’s the site of their first cold-water spring.

When there’s no one around to take a group photo, sometimes you just have to improvise.

So we did.

Happy Wordful Wednesday to you. I’ve enjoyed “seeing” what you’ve all been up to, even if I haven’t taken the time to tell you so.

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


  1. Woohoo! I'm first, I'm first, I'm first!!!

  2. Momisodes says

    What a wonderful group shot! I never had the chance to visit Lake Arrowhead while living in California, but I've heard it's gorgeous!

  3. scrappysue says

    ah – self portraits are the best anyway! ppl look at us weird when we turn them down to take a picture for us!

  4. les_mason_curt says

    love the family photo… Lake Arrow head sounds so beautiful…

  5. Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility says

    Not bad for an "improvised" group shot!

  6. That picture is pure happiness – I LOVE it!!

    What a gorgeous bunch.

  7. Sara Bonds says

    Beautiful and fun family photo!

  8. LifeAtTheCircus.com says

    love that group shot… much better than most I've seen posed and with a photographer! Looks like you all had a great time!

  9. Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) says

    that is a great group shot – I love how close you all have to be to fit!

  10. Hey Girl! Looks like gorgeous fun! Maybe on my next road warrior trip I'll come check out your lake!


  11. okay, that is an amazing group shot!!!! way to go. i would probably pay good money to have a picture that good of every member of my family looking at the camera!

  12. Casey's trio says

    What a CUTE family picture:)

  13. Halftime Lessons says

    Oh WOW that is a SERIOUSLY cute fam picture!!


  14. skoots1mom says

    great pic…
    mine's up…

  15. skoots1mom says

    couldn't find mr. linky…

  16. T Rex Mom says

    I especially like the group photo at the end – it actually turned out pretty good! It looks like a lovely place to escape.

    I've put up my Wordful Wednesday on T Rex Mom and Dad Tales.

  17. kiddiescorner says

    Great photo. Love it. Happy WW! :O)

  18. Great photos!!
    And I must admit, I've lived in S. CA the majority of my life and have never gone to Lake Arrowhead… (runs to add that to list of things to do)

  19. Sparkette says

    Great pictures!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You and your family are so cute!

  20. Ms. Latina says

    Darn! Thought I was going to be first LOL Anywho beautiful fam pic!

  21. Kekibird says

    Great shot of you all. I love Lake Arrowhead. It's not far from us and we visit Big Bear near there from time to time.

  22. i love love love CA! so beautiful and the weather is amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ looks like everyone enjoyed themselves on your vacation…the family pic is beautiful! Christmas Card material. happy ww!!!

  23. Milk and Honey Mommy says


    I saw the trees and knew you were in California. You are making me miss home.

  24. Jennifer says

    Wow, beautiful lake, beautiful family Angie!

  25. Renรฉe aka Mekhismom says

    I always love your photos. Looks like a great place to visit.

  26. โ€ขยด.ยธยธ.โ€ขยจยฏ`โ™ฅ.Erin.โ™ฅยดยฏยจโ€ข.ยธยธ.ยดโ€ข says

    That last photo is just perfect!

  27. McClure Family says

    you did great with the improvised shot!!

  28. Love the family shot. Have always wanted to go to Arrowhead. Have a wonderful day and take care. Happy WW!

  29. Cute pics!!

  30. looks awesome – the water is so blue!

  31. Cute family picture, Angie. Hope you are doing well!

  32. Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings says

    Great photos and I love the family shot! Looks like the improvisation worked!

  33. Beautiful picture, you all look so happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Carolyn G says

    Sometimes, the improv photos are the best most real!!

  35. Jennifer says

    Woah! How long is your husband's arm and how crammed in were you guys to fit in the picture? LOL! When it's just my hubs and baby and me, usually someone's head is cut off! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. girlytwins says

    Love it! We love lake Arrowhead too. We took the girls up their this past winter and they had so much fun in the snow. I look forward to taking them up in the warm weather to play in the lake. Tony & I lived up there for 2 years during and after college. It really is so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. JamericanSpice says

    It looks beautiful there. I wish I lived there.

    Love the improv!

  38. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says

    You're all SO cute!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. I love Lake Arrowhead in the summer! Great pictures!

  40. I'm impressed. I have a hard time just getting me and my daughter into a picture without someone else to take it.

    Great photos.

  41. the first picture is so peaceful!! Beautiful

  42. Shop with Me Mama says

    Great pictures! You have a beautiful family ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Maybe My Christopher will take me there when we come to California in October. It looks beautiful. Actually, I will just be happy to see the redwoods.

  44. Love the group shot! Some day I would love to visit Northern CA. Happy WW!

  45. i think you got everybody in the picture really well!

  46. Lianna Knight says

    I love the group pic…too cute!

  47. That shot is cuter than any professional photog could capture!

  48. Scary Mommy says

    You two look like college sweethearts– I just can't accept that you are the parents of all of those gorgeous creatures!

  49. That is such a fun family shot!!!!

  50. WackyMummy says

    Love Arrowhead. Miss California. ๐Ÿ™

    Great pictures.

  51. Love the family pic! It's one of the best I've seen ~~~ everyone looks sooooo happy! And Lake Arrowhead sounds wonderful!

  52. 4 Lettre Words says

    Wow…look at that blue water! What fun!

  53. That looks like a beautiful place and what a great impromptu photo.

  54. crunchiemummy says

    Love the group shot — we have ones like those too! Happy WW!

  55. Kristen Andrews says

    look at that great family shot

  56. I love the family shot!!! Those are so special!!

  57. The lake is beautiful!

    We also love taking photos in our family and believe me, we're getting pretty good at improvising. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy Wednesday!

  58. Amy @ Six Flower Mom says

    What a great family photo! I updated your new button!

  59. Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out says

    Where is Mr Linky???

  60. mommaof4wife2r says

    your family is soooooo cute! i love it! and i think there's a little eagle's song about how it never rains in southern california…yeah, well in indiana, it's stinking raining now! booo! trade me please!

  61. I love your blog. You have a beautiful family!

  62. Hootin' Anni says

    Wonderful, summertime fun.

    My Wordful is all about a huge industry with a video…all about TEXAS OIL.

  63. Elaine A. says

    California really is a wonderfully beautiful state. I was born in San Jose but we left when I was a baby. But, we visited quite a bit when I was a child b/c my parents LOVED it SO much! I'm glad you can share it with your children.

    Love the group shot! : )

  64. ParentingPink says

    Love the photo of your whole family! How you got everyone to look at the camera I'll never know – but you must share your secret! LOL

  65. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) says

    LOVE the family pic! You have a beautiful family. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy WW! ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Frugal Fritzie says

    That is one of the cutest group family pictures I've seen!

  67. Hoosier Homemade says

    Great group shot! Thanks for hosting!

  68. Great picture. Love how you fit everyone in the picture. Way to go.

  69. Whimsical Creations says

    Looks like a beautiful place. Great group shot.

  70. Erin @ Furry Murray says

    I love the last photo! Happy WW!!!

  71. Jenni Jiggety says

    I love the improvised picture Angie!!!

  72. How beautiful, I wish our weather would start acting like summer so we could go do some fun stuff!

    Great family picture!

  73. That looks beautiful. I would love to visit there sometime!

    Great pics!

  74. That looks beautiful. I would love to visit there sometime!

    Great pics!

  75. I want to be there. Right NOW.

  76. Sweet Annabelle says

    We'll be going to a lake for a couple of days off with our boys soon! Looks like you had a great time – love the last photo,

  77. That's a great family photo! Sometimes the improvised ones are the best!

  78. 3 Bay B Chicks says

    Absolutely amazing that you managed to fit everyone in the frame! Seven really must be a magic number.



  79. Loved the group pic. It turned out cute! Happy WW!

  80. Kacey R. says

    Looks like everyone is having fun!!!

  81. What a good looking group:-)

  82. Gorgeous!!

    And I love the family pic! Too cute!

  83. What a cute family shot! :o)

  84. Nice job on the photo, I tried that the other day- came out terrible! Looks like a beautiful place, we went to Southern Cali in 1007 and loved it!!

  85. Danielle says

    We were just at Lake Gregory two weeks ago! We had so much fun there!

  86. Theta Mom says

    This makes me want to travel and see the beautiful parts of this country that I've never been…Those views are breath-taking!!!

  87. I love arrowhead and I love living in So. Cal! The beach,the mountains, the desert.

  88. that's a fantastic family shot! i love it!!!

  89. Kelli @ Gohn Crazy says

    How nice to be able to share with your kids the places you used to hang out when you were kids. ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful family!

  90. You seem happier back in California. I am soo glad ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. ChefDruck says

    What a gorgeous lake. And I can't believe you got everyone to smile, and managed to take the picture yourself. We can't get smiles even when we have photographers!

  92. The Blonde Duck says

    I never keep my mouth shut!

  93. Life with Kaishon says

    Oh my goodness I love your group picture. I am so glad you thought to do that. What a spectacularly beautiful family!

  94. Hi, Angie!
    Looks like your family is having a wonderful time! ๐Ÿ˜€

  95. I haven't been to Lake Arrowhead in years (and never when it wasn't covered in snow).

    Love the group shot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  96. I'm following you now and playing along!

    Thanks for sharing…Great pic

  97. Angie, that is one of the best family shots ever! I LOVE IT!

    Justine ๐Ÿ˜ฎ )

  98. Peterson Family says

    I heart Wordful Wednesday!!

  99. What lovely family photos!

  100. Are You Serious! says

    โ™ฅ I love that family picture! It's perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. Oysterblogger says

    whoa lots o comments/ LUCKY you have a pool. That was my sister in laws for which i am jealous.
    Fun family vacations! Everyone is growing older!

  102. I love your family shot!

  103. Libby Murphy says

    such happy hearts are captured in your family photographs
    Happy Twirls

  104. LOL
    Look at all those beautiful SMILES!

    Love it!

  105. What a fun improvised shot! It works. ๐Ÿ™‚

  106. I'm impressed … we only have 3 in our family and we barely all get in there! I counted 7 so you did a great job! What a lovely family.