All I have to do is think about this day and I'm instantly reminded of the seriously fun time that we had on the lake. Just like that Friday song . . . "fun, fun, fun, fun." And hey! We were even there on a Friday. :)
Good friends of our family, Sandi & Steve, graciously hosted our brood on their houseboat for a day. I've never been on a houseboat before, but wow, they are nice! A living area, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, a slide!, a full length upstairs balcony/porch/platform for chillin', a front porch for BBQ-in' . . . . Then throw in a ski boat and jet-ski and we're talking ultimate fun.
We spent the whole day alternating between tubing, wake-boarding, jetski-in', sliding, swimming off the back of the houseboat, and eating.
Here are the kids loading up for the first run of the day. The water in the lake was so warm . . . jumping in, swimming, or falling off the tube was no big deal because you didn't have to deal with an icy shock.
Ohhh, I think we're having fun now!
I was back on the houseboat when Scott, Payton, and Conner caught some big air. (Thanks Heidi for sharing pictures with me).
Oops, we lost Conner.
Later, when I was tubing with Anna and Carlee I also lost Anna over the back of the tube. She was a good sport about it. When Steve turned us around to pick her up she said, "That was awesome!"
Everyone on the boat was having fun . . .
Everyone got a turn on the jet-ski . . .
And then it was time for wake-boarding. I tell ya, Sam and Heidi are the super pros at this one. Scott was just happy to get up. And me . . . I've never done it before. I've been anti-water-skiing since I was a kid and dad would take us out on our boat, The Nutbuster (he is in the walnut business). Tubing works just fine for me. But today, Heidi was working on me something fierce! Dropping hints right and left in her sweet little way. So at the very end of the day I gave in, and figured what the heck. At least I can say that I tried.
Here's my first attempt . . . all smiles & fear
And my 6th attempt looks pretty similar . . . . although a bit more grunt than smile.
In the end, my wimpy arms just couldn't hold onto the rope long enough to get my body up. But, I tried! Thanks Heidi for the encouragement -- I think I would have regretted not giving it a shot.
Conner also tried the wake-boarding. Watch this little video to see how it went.
We were pretty proud of this little kid. All 61 pounds of him. :)
Remember that slide I mentioned? Plenty of fun was had with that.
At the end of the day I took some photos of the kids playing and swimming on the back of the boat. The sunlight was just gorgeous.
When it came time to go back home Scott and I looked at each other and agreed that this had been a seriously fun day.
A BIG thank you to Sandi & Steve for being such great hosts and letting us invade your houseboat right before the 4th of July weekend. It was absolutely wonderful!