I just realized that my total days off was 12, if you include weekends. That’s pretty awesome. Yesterday absolutely sucked getting up, putting on real clothes and shoes. My vacation started with three beach days with my loves. The princess and her friend was with us for the first day and they wanted to go to Venice Beach. The prince and I hung out on the sand while the girls trolled the boardwalk. After three hours the girls returned with bracelets and henna tattoos. The prince and I were finishing up exploring the tide pools and then we headed home. Once home we cleaned up and got ready for concerts in the park. We all rode the bikes and met up with the Mosquedas. The prince loves these days because he gets to play on the playground for hours. Thursday the princess and her friend headed to her fathers for a quick road trip for the weekend. The prince and I went to Newport Beach. It makes me happy that he loves everything about the beach and isn’t afraid of the waves. Friday I asked the prince what he wanted to do and he elected to go to the beach again. I happily oblige.
Saturday the hubby had some errands to run while the prince and I made a trip with my mom to get all the dry goods for the house boat trip. Once back home I anxiously started packing. By the time hubby got home everything was packed with the exception of his stuff.
Sunday was chill we waited for the princess to get home and made sure we had everything ready to go for the lake. Everyone was so excited to go. We do this trip every year and it never gets old. I called the hotel just to confirm our reservation and they had us booked for June 23 (Problem1), luckily they were able to get us a room for June 30
Monday morning we were up early and waiting for my parents to arrive. They had to take Snickers with them because our back seat was full of kids. 10am and we were on the road! Hooray!!! To break up the drive we always stay a night at state line. The kids enjoy riding the roller coasters and then we get do some shopping at the outlets.
Tuesday morning we were up at 6m to head to the lake and board the boat. We stop in Henderson and fill up the boats with gas and then go to the grocery store for all the cold items. When we arrive at the grocery store we discover the barring buddy on the trailer is gone so we needed to make a trip to the auto parts store. (Problem2) Finally we arrive at Callville Bay and start loading the boat. Upon inspection the controls on the upper deck fall out of the dash (Problem3) so we have to wait for maintenance before we can leave the dock. 1pm and we are finally on our way and get this vacation cranked up. We find a cove not far from the harbor and anchor down for the week. We spend the week lounging in the water, on the shore and in the boat. We took full advantage of the water slide this year, which I didn’t think I would ever get the prince off. In all our years coming to the lake we have never actually driven to the dam so we made the trek through some rather rough waters (Problem4). I didn’t think hubster and the girls were going to survive on the jet skis. It was a great site to see the dam up close as opposed to always driving over it every year. It truly gives you a new prospective. Since 9/11 you no longer drive directly on the dam a huge bridge was built to divert traffic. Both are amazing manmade structures and quite a site to see.
Every night we attempted to fish but only had luck one day. Papa caught 3 catfish, Grandma caught 2 catfish and the prince caught his very first fish! Boy was he super excited, however once the fish was out of the water he wanted nothing to do with the foreign creature. The princesses and I didn’t catch anything. This year we actually cleaned, cooked and ate the fish. I don’t think the kids enjoyed eating the fish. Friday morning at 3am we were woken up to howling winds. We inspected everything and all seemed ok with the exception of the paddle board at the top of the hill across the rocks. It’s going to need some patching (Problem5) We head back to bed and not 15 minutes later we feel a big thud. We get up and one side of the house boat came undone and we are now floating sideways against the shore (Problem6). Upon further investigation we see that one of the jet skis is sandwiched between the boat and the shore (Problem7). There is nothing we could do for the night to right the house boat. Hubby moved the jet skiis to the other side of the houseboat in the dark with 6ft swells. Before we throw our hands up for the night we hear the ripping of the canopy on the top of the house boat (Problem 8) That didn’t survive the night. By the time the sun rises, the wind has calmed and we can see the full scope of all the damage. We listen on the radio as there is boat after boat in distress needing assistance. Almost mid-day they finally come to help us pull the boat off the shore. We attempted to find a new cove to stay in for the night, but no luck (Problem9). We spent Friday night in the harbor docked.
Saturday morning we were packed up and on the road early. On the way home we had to make stop after stop for the prince to pee, eat, gas, take cover off skiis. I never thought we were gonna get home.
Finally home and we just about have everything put away and the hubby slips and falls out of the back of the truck into the tongue of the trailer. It didn’t look pretty. Two bloody elbows, bruised lower back but no broken bones thank god!
Home Sweet Home
I will post pictures later
Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox