I'M. .not a lover of the water. .
It's cold. .
and wet. .
And frankly, being VOLUNTARILY surrounded with water saturated by people and animal waste . .
Grosses me out!!
And my husband. .
figured out. .
that if some NON-water activities are included. .
The whole week just goes better for him!!
I thought I would share a few photos of our non-water related excursions!
We traveled on the 4th this year. .
And we intended to eat at local place that advertises a shrimp boil EVERY Friday night. .
EVERY. Friday. night. .
they moved the one from the 4th. .to Saturday night!
It truly was a Looooooonnng story. .
are getting the short version!
We ended up. .
Getting some AMAZING pizza at a one horse local pizza place. .
Driving a couple miles to this empty lot that we had noted people to be parking in on our 3rd trip by it while we hunted down the shrimp boil place. .
And tailgating until the party started!!
And did the party ever start!!
Apparently tens of thousands of people turn out for this fireworks show. .
And it was unlike any that we had ever seen before!!
We were even coerced by some cute little kid. .
to buy two gallons of kettle corn to swallow after all that pizza!
Was my favorite part of the trip. .
But you knew I couldn't just stop at one, right??
was Cami's favorite part. .
Our day trip that included shopping!!
(she had just run out of the "girl" spray that she bought last year. .
so she REALLY needed to shop!!)
We headed out on the curvy, twisty roads. .
Through Oklahoma, into Arkansas. .
Through Bentonville and Rogers. .
and to the edge of Beaver Lake. .
Where we visited War Eagle Cavern. .
Enjoying both the cavern excursion. .
And the awesome scenery. .
(which was a great background to showcase our clan)
After the tour, we drove a few miles back and went to the War Eagle Mill. .
The mill is generated by a water wheel. .
and grinds grains into flour.
We ate lunch at their top floor restaurant. .
And looked around for about. .
FIVE minutes. .
Because the guys were becoming uninterested!
We went back to Rogers and wandered around their fabulous outdoor mall for a while before twisting back into Oklahoma.
Not in the mood to load the boat into the water and back out again. .
We cruised around the neighborhoods of Grove. .
dreaming about our own house on the lake one day!
We just happened. .
to drive by Lendonwood Gardens. .
a place that I had taken the boys to last summer to photograph the flowers.
It was evening time by then. .
And we enjoyed strolling through the gardens. .
And feeding their fish.
Check these suckers out. .
I'd never seen such a "feeding frenzy" in my life!!
There were a LOT of them. .
and some of them were H-U-G-E!
We also discovered the place to be crawling with these tiny frogs. .
Which was a hit!!
It is an amazing garden that is maintained by volunteers!
The daylilies were blooming and were gorgeous among all the other great foliage and flowers!!
The last thing that I found noteworthy to share. .
was this parasailing outfit that we saw both weekends.
I've never seen one. .
And it looked like an absolute ball!!
The parasailer sits on some type of seat. .
And then flies through the air being pulled along BY the boat in the front of it.
They were fun to watch when I got tired of looking at my own kids!!
I also enjoyed some window shopping and antiquing. .
And got some great close out flower deals. .
Jeremy didn't even bat his eyes when he saw me come home with clearance plants. .
Not once. .
Once a gardener. .
Always a gardener I say!!
As much fun as it is to get away. .
and have no responsibilities except feeding people. .
It was wonderful to drive into our own yard, crispy as it was. .
And return to our regular ole routines. .
There's NO place like. .