Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Little Mermaid

If my daughter is 1/256 cherokee, I think the other 255/256 is mermaid. She LOVES the water. First it was bath time, then it was the zoo splash pad, now that she met the lake I'm scared to take her swimming in the ocean because she might just swim away!
We had so much fun at Lake Eufala with the Schatzels this past weekend. Lo's parents have a beautiful lakehouse that has huge porches that overlook the water and are the perfect place to relax, do crossword puzzles, and throw a bone to the dog while the kiddos play together.
The first day out on the boat it drizzled the whole time, but we didn't let it stop our fun! Charlie fetched the bone in the water and actually swam without looking too terrified! She loved the boat ride too. Olivia did NOT like her life jacket.....
...but once the boat started moving she fell asleep and didn't care.
She chilled in the water all leaned back in the floatie and would wave to me. Ben would pull her around in the water, and she just looked like she had been doing this every weekend for the last 9 months of her life!
The second day we actually had sun so we headed out for a beach with sand to play on. The waves were so choppy all day it did feel a bit like the ocean! Liv loved playing in the sand and after she ate a few fistfuls of it, realized it was much better to just play with rather than eat.
Check out those waves!

We even got to watch fireworks from the boat on the 4th of July. Brad was a master navigator in the dark, with no lights, and although I think he might've been scared we all believed in him and made it home safe!
When we weren't on the boat we played games in the house, sat on the porch, ate, listed our favorite things about our country (it was a patriotic holiday), laughed at Ben, played guitar hero, watched HGTV, and didn't look at a cell phone or a computer screen the whole weekend...it was pure bliss. I think I want to go every weekend.
Thank you Phelps and Schatzels for an awesome summer weekend!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun time had by all. Gma sure needs an Olivia fix. Maybe we can Skype!! Love, Gma aka Mom I

Leslie said...

posts like these make me wish i lived in oklahoma.

Matt and Shannon said...

sounds like you all had tons of fun!! i love the pic of olivia in the floatie! see you on monday!

kmom said...

Olivia looks very relaxed in the floatie. Is she standing up now?

lauren and brad said...

it was fun! and les...we would welcome you with open arms! :)

kate...i'm gonna link to this from my blog! thanks for taking all the pics. :( stupid broken camera.

Jennifer Reinsch said...

You guys looked like you had a blast! I love being in the water and would live on the beach if I could somehow swing it.

Monique and Granny said...

Love the picture of Olivia in her floatie!

devon lorraine ... said...

looks like so much fun! live looks like a natural lake bum ...

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