Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A weekend in Hot Springs
Early Friday morning so we could beat the heat, we headed off to Hot Springs AR to visit my Mom's parents who live on Lake Hamilton. It's been too long since we were able to go there and we love spending time with them and playing on the lake so we were all really excited to get to go. Dad volunteered to stay home and take care of all the animals so we missed having him with us but still had a lot of fun. We made the 6 hour trip and got there at around 9:00 in the morning....the trip was pretty uneventful except for the fact that three of the little ones got car sick from going through all the curves and mountains...which wasn't fun, and we weren't really prepared for that but we made it. :)
We spent most of the day Friday swimming in the lake and then Saturday morning Paps, Caleb, Daniel, Elijah, Micah, Anna and I went to the Hot Springs farmers market, which was pretty neat, a lot bigger than the one we have here in Guthrie! :) After that we drove through downtown Hot Springs and got some of the hot water that it's known for, and then decided to drive up a mountain there which is like a tourist attraction. Once we got to the top Paps was very generous to pay so we could go up this tower thing they have up there....elevators most certainly aren't my favorite thing....but I tried not to think about it and up we went!! Boy it was high, but it was SO neat looking around in the open air from the top. Quite a view it was!!
Saturday afternoon the guys decided to buy a wakeboard to try out behind Paps boat...so they had a lot of fun playing around with that. I tried once...but we'll just say that it didn't go so well for me!! :P Caleb and Daniel got pretty good at it though by the end of the trip.
Sunday we had the opportunity to play two songs at church, which was really neat. It's been so long since we've played in a church before...it brought back a lot of memories. Hopefully the music was a blessing to those there...they seemed to really have enjoyed it. After lunch a neighbor came over and let us use his knee boards and a pretty good sized tube to pull behind the boats...and oh boy, tubing was just right up my alley!! :D We had SO much fun doing that...and we had that boat going super fast!! It was pretty funny though when I was driving the boat with Daniel and Micah on the tube...I was still learning how to operate the thing and I took a curve pretty sharp and then just hit the gas and they wiped out big time!! It was hilarious...the tube went flying up in the air and both boys just hit the water!! :D We had tons of fun doing that, and had some pretty crazy rides going on. :) I'm still suffering from soreness from it...I think practically every muscle in my body has been hurting!! It was sure worth it though. :P
It was a wonderful trip and we had so much fun spending time together as a family. :)