Lakeside Life

I have a pretty great life.

We just had our first “Lake Side Social” up at our lake house. Thanks to all the organizers and all the cooks! (looking to get some of the recipes – please e-mail me!)

When Stephanie and I purchased our lake home, we were hoping to build memories with our rapidly growing children. To have a fun place for them to come home to from college and use with their friends as well as with all our relatives and friends. What we never expected was so many great neighbors!

My entire life, I’ve always been fascinated by the power of communities. The “Whole is greater than the sun of it’s parts” is part of human nature. We all may have originally bought our homes on Lake Ivanhoe as a get away. A place to enjoy nature and some peace and quiet but reality is, we rely on each other.

Lake Ivanhoe - Retro

What is it that makes a community exist? They don’t just sprout up for no reason.

In 1986, social psychologists McMillan & Chavis formed this theory that has become the most widely accepted understanding of how communities work.

They described their theory in one sentence:

“Sense of community is a feeling that members have of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group, and a shared faith that members’ needs will be met through their commitment to be together (McMillan, 1976).


We all love it here. We have a shared sense of community. I loved hearing everyones stories from the lake and I look forward to sharing my own.

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Recipes Wanted and Shared!

If you would like to share your recipes please send them to me! tretrosi AT

  • Who ever made the roasted potatoes! Amazing.
  • The baked mac and cheese! YUMMM
  • Ginger brownies! (I only heard about these. sadly gone before I could get any)
  • Brocoli Salad
  • Orzo Salad


Tony and Stephanie.


About tretrosi2013

Gymnastics Coach, Gymnastics Educator, Part time stand up comic.
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2 Responses to Lakeside Life

  1. Glory Kidger says:

    Thanks for sharing your pictures from yesterday’s social. It was a pleasure getting to meet the “neighborhood”!

  2. ljbrock says:

    Thanks from us too, it was such a delight to meet so many new and old friends and neighbors, the laughter and stories will echo in our minds for a very long time. Glad you are finding the great joys and wonderful deep meditations of being at the lake too.

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