Last week, we returned from our annual St. Louis getaway (I'll post the pics when I can find time to catch up!) and about ten minutes after I finished the laundry that was waiting for me, I packed up the kids and the suitcases, loaded the minivan, locked the front door, and hit the highway again.
This time, we headed just down the road to Holiday Lake, where some good friends recently built a house and have left a standing invitation to "come any time!". (Now, perhaps they are just being cordial but we take them at their word and try to do just that. I figure Dee Dee will let me know when we begin to wear out our welcome.)
We arrived on Monday afternoon and were greeted by perfect sunny weather. The temperature was in the 80's with a little breeze to keep us cool, and the water had been warmed up by the previous scorchers--making it super inviting to our little fishies.
|This one enjoyed the water, but definitely enjoyed the sand more than anything. I finally gave up trying to prevent her from eating it-- and just let her feast on the stuff.|
|The boys loved using the paddleboard as a platform to jump from|
|Deidra got a good paddlboard workout with Max chillin' on the front of the board and towing Ellody behind.|
Somehow, we talked our husbands into taking Tuesday off so they all came down Monday evening and hung out Tuesday. It was like old times, I tell you. Well, old times in that they drank beer and played wiffle ball, new times in that they changed diapers and filled sippy cups and cut the pizza into tiny pieces. But I think they enjoyed themselves, too. I'd venture to say that we all had a pretty dang good time.
|Charlie would have tubed all-day-long if given the chance. He was having a blast.|
|And Little Sister seemed to love the boat ride--too bad her mom held onto her hat-- she really loved the breeze blowing through the few hairs on her head.|
|I couldn't resist the invitation to go tubing...|
|She loved the shade... and the water table.|
|And she might have eaten a flower or two while I wasn't looking...|
|No selfie-stick needed|
|The cutest little navigator we ever did see.|