My version of "vacation" is to go somewhere we have never been. .
and DO the town. .
seeing ABSOLUTELY everything we can before it is time to leave. .
coming home as exhausted as we were when we left. .
but full of new experiences and culturing activities.
inscribed into the top of the last step pretty comical.
It was a nice house with a great view. .but the steps were really, really brutal!! Especially when your 4 year old decides she needs to POOP 10 minutes after you got down them. .
Really, Cami. .REALLY!!!
knee boarding. .
They enchanted all of us with their petite stature and playful games. Along with the usual geese, ducks, herons, and egrets on the water. .we saw cardinals, chickadees, titmice, doves, and bluejays. .Fun indeed!
Enjoyed the jelly fish exhibits. .
and walked through a shark tube. We weren't there at the right time to pet the sharks. .but we did watch them feed the piraunas, electric eel, and archer fish (which are crazy little fish that spit at the insects flying OUT of the water, knocking them INTO the water to be consumed for lunch-isn't God's sense of adventure AWESOME??).
On the way back to the lake house, we stopped off at this McDonalds, which at one time, was considered the worlds largest McDonalds. The huge golden arch spans aross the top of Interstate 44. .
Unfortunately, we got in the restaurant and found that they didn't serve ice cream. .
so we took our pictures. .
and went to Braums!
This family LIKES our ice cream!!
. .and in the water.
We learned how to ski . .
Cami and I enjoyed pedicures while watching TV.
Some people like to be TV-free during vacation. .
as someone who never watches TV because there isn't enough time in my day. .
I LOVED it!!
I enjoyed the Olympics (my proverbial "bucket list" includes watching them IN PERSON someday!) a few episodes of Pawn Stars. .and some show new-to-me that showcased crazy guys buying houses from ONLY the outside appearance. .and trying to fix them and flip them to make a profit for themselves. .darned if I can remember the name of the show though!
Saturday took a turn for the worse, when the propeller on the boat was damaged by a rock causing a bad vibration in the vessel. .that was unknowingly FIXED Saturday night when Jeremy used a pliers to bend the prop dent out. .
So in the meantime, thinking it was not really driveable. .
Sunday found us looking for new props at the boat shops (lake related industries take a Tues and Wednesday weekend, instead of Sat/Sun). No props anywhere. .
the boys came home with a new toy instead!!
A wake surfboard.
But after we discovered that the vibration problem had been fixed with his twist of the pliers. .
it was back to high speed water skiing until sunset!!
And up again early to do it just ONE MORE TIME before coming home Monday!!
Even Cami was ready to come home by Monday. .she had been begging to go to the party cove up the lake to see if there were any "children" there. .as she was tired of playing "only with my brothers!"
Vacation is great fun. .
but it is nice to be productive, it's nice to be back to a routine. .
and it's a very nice reminder that. .
PLACE LIKE HOME!!
Thanks for stopping by today. .
I have saved the best of the favorite pictures for one more post. .
You DIDN'T forget that I mentioned taking 250-something photos,
Come back soon!