The night before we all met to caravan to Lake Ouachita, Adam and another one of the men took all five of our boys to campout so they could get the three boats prepped and ready and all at the same dock location to make loading and coordination easy on everyone. That was huge and a major factor in making the day pleasurable and easy for us all. The boys had a great time sleeping in the Air Stream and hanging out with friends. (Not too shabby of a campsite huh?!)
There was tubing fun...and lazy day floatin' going on.
We really do have a great group of kiddos who are respectful and kind...and can I just say cute, too?!
There was a moment late in the afternoon when all the little girls piled onto the tube and wanted to be pulled around VERY, VERY, SLOWLY. It was so slow in fact that several of the boys tried to grab ahold of the tube and hold onto the back of the tube dragging in the water. Next, one of the kids grabbed the rope, then another...and one thing led to another and we had all the children and a Daddy either holding onto the rope or riding on the tube at an extremely slow pace, going in circles in the cove. Us momma's couldn't have the kids enjoying all the fun so we took over the tube and made a few circles ourselves, some of us with and some without life vests on.
There were some sweet moments and then there were a few chaotic moments too, like when all 21 kids all piled onto the party barge with the hard top and we literally had to scream to get their attention. Thankfully we have children that mostly listened to our rules for the lake and generally speaking kept the jumping off to two at a time and feet first because we do have a few dare devils in the club who wanted to DIVE.HEAD.FIRST into the lake. Un-huh...we were NOT going to have a neck or spinal injury on my watch, so that activity got nipped in the bud right from the get go.
I've been blessed with some of the most precious people to do life with. I can't imagine it any other way. I was so glad to get to bring some of my most beloved peeps to one of my most happy places to be!
After cleaning up the boats and changing into dry clothes, a few of us managed to scarf down some Mexican food then hit the road home. We were a subtle group of 22! It was a great ending to a pretty repeatable day!