I imagine that when I tell my Arkansas friends that last Saturday was our kids first lake experience ever, they have a hard time believing me. We have found that down here, most people have been going to the lake from the time they are in the womb. So, to have an 8 and 5 year old who had never been in a boat, it's almost verging on child abuse. HA! The thing is that camping and lake trips were just not something Mike and I grew up doing. Actually, I've still never been camping. Not once. Never slept in a tent. I know. Most people gasp at that. We just did other things - still lots of fun, but different. We spent weekends at water parks, pools, Cardinal baseball games, the Zoo, Six Flags, etc., etc.
So, when we were invited by our great friends to head to the lake and spend the day and we jumped on it. They live about 20 minutes from Blue Mountain Lake and head there most weekends to play in the water and just enjoy a quiet and peaceful weekend. I wasn't sure what the girls would think, especially Maddie, who can be very unsure of new experiences. But, we strapped them in their life jackets, tossed them on the tube, took off and they loved it! We spent the day playing in the water, grilling out and just enjoying time with friends. It was so much fun. Macie loved it so much that she said she wished she could live at the lake and tube every day! :) I'm so glad they got the chance to go. We don't have a boat or any of the get-up that a lake trip requires, so it was great to be able to go with our friends and let the girls see what it was all about. I like letting them do things that I didn't grow up doing just as much as I like taking them to all the things that I experienced when I was young. I want them to be well rounded in their activities! HA!
Thanks again, Trent and Candy! We had such a great time - glad that the girls can officially say they've "been to the lake"! Now they aren't the oddballs of Fort Smith. :)
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