Sunday was the day I was most excited for and it did not disappoint.
We rented a pontoon and spent the day exploring Lake Ouachita. And by "exploring," I mean drinking beer and tubing. DOES LIFE REALLY GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT?!?
We packed the car full to take to the marina. It honestly looked like we were leaving the hotel. Coolers, bags full of stuff for swimming, a mini-grill, food for days. I was driving a rented Dodge Durango for the trip but with the third row up, we couldn't fit everything in the back hatch. We ended up putting a bag of grilling tools and utensils at K2's feet. And realized we'd left the bag in the car . . . when were about half an hour from shore. That was literally the only mishap of the entire day and it didn't end in an argument (in fact, we both apologized to each other for leaving the bag . . . "my fault, I forgot about it." "Nope, I should've grabbed it. It was all me.") so I'm considering it a win. It did make grilling interesting though!
At the last minute, we decided to rent a tube also. Best idea ever. Seriously. My kids had never been tubing before and they LOVED it. We could totally be lake people.
The boys went on the tube first and . . . I'm not naming names, but one of them fell off and lost his pants in the process. THANKFULLY, he grabbed them and they weren't sent to the bottom of Lake Ouachita. Seriously, though, I don't know if I've ever laughed so hard in my life.
Surprisingly, K2 decided she wanted to go tubing as well. She's pretty timid about unknown situations so I really didn't think she would do it. We put her in the middle of the tube between K1 and boyfriend's daughter. We told them no less than eight times, "if you fall off, don't freak out. You have a life jacket. You can't drown. We'll turn the boat around and come get you." Uhhhh, yeah. They were on the tube approximately two minutes before they all three fell off . . . and all three freaked out. To K1's credit, his sister was holding onto him and clawing at him for dear life and he really thought she was going to drown them both. They were rescued but K2 was done with the tube. The big kids, however, had the time of the lives.
Including the biggest kid of all!
Lake Ouachita has a ton of little islands and we decided to beach at one for lunch. The kids explored, boyfriend grilled, we all swam and just had a great time.
After lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon on the tube. Boyfriend and I both took turns riding on it . . . he made me fall off so, of course, I had to do the same to him!