Doc is in heaven! We have finally reached the point where our kids are old enough to get on a boat and do fun lake things without their mother being a wild eyed crazy protective nut.
This week we are spending time with our friends from Indiana! We rented a house in Branson and have been hanging out and enjoying the heck out of each other! Wednesday we rented a pontoon boat and of course took Doc's fish and ski boat and spent the day on the lake!
We had a blast swimming in the lake! Tablerock is such a nice clear lake that it doesn't freak me out so much to swim where I can see my feet! SG braved the water and actually swam around without holding on to anyone!
Even Ladybug braved the water and came swimming!
Pretty soon everyone was tired and ready to load back on the boat for a snack!
The little ones enjoyed riding on the pontoon boat and...
feeling the wind blow through their hair!
The bigger kids were out for adventure so they took turns testing out their mad tube riding skills!
They didn't mind when it wasn't their turn because they got to ride on the "fast boat"! Check out those speed demons on the front deck!
The kids had a blast and made good use of the hand signals (with the thumbs UP being the most frequently spotted...meaning GO FASTER!!!)
They would wave to their adoring fans as they sped past other boats!
In the afternoon, after a LONG while tubing, they started to get a little tuckered out!
They dropped like flies and took great naps on the pontoon boat under the shade!
Little did we know that we had an adventure waiting on us...
You see, there was this 40% chance of showers that actually ended up producing storms while we were on the lake! At first we thought we'd just see them go by...
but we quickly realized that we were going to experience them up close and personal.
We ended up at a marina (the What's Up Dock) where they were gracious enough to let our whole brood wait out the storm and have story time with Aunt Laura in the beer and oil section of the store! Lest you be judgmental of the half naked bud light ad in the background, I can truly say we were thankful for the shelter!
The guys spent the time looking out the window, pacing and checking the weather radar.
We ended up finding a window and quickly loading the boats and taking off towards the other end of the lake where our cars and house were! This is the last photo I have but let me tell you, the adventure was just getting started. I put my camera in a plastic bag so that it wouldn't get ruined!
We put the kids on the pontoon and Doc and Greg loaded up into the fish and ski and we took off. About 5 minutes out, Doc flagged us down and changed the plan. We loaded the three moms and all 9 kids up on the fish and ski and put the other two guys on the pontoon so that we could go faster. Doc sped across the lake as fast as that boat would go. We had pelting rain and scary clouds and kind of scared but VERY brave kids! We made it to the dock, unloaded the kids and loaded them up in the car and got them home and warm! I think it will be a story that will be told over and over again in summers to come!