AZARKS-ARZARKS-OZARKS

If you don’t understand my chosen title for this blog it’s okay, you wouldn’t unless you were here everytime Tanner tried to tell someone where he was going on vacation.  We’re going to the AZARKS (ponders the word that came out of his mouth)…ARZARKS…ORZORKS…wait for it…OZARKKS!! WE’RE GOING TO THE OZARKS!!  There it is.  It’s not his fault, he gets his confusion from his mother.  She booked this trip and the whole time thought she was taking everyone to her old home state of Arkansas (silly lady).  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Lake of the Ozarks is NOT in Branson either.  I know, I was just as shocked.  With all this confusion it’s amazing we all made it here with no problems (Mike drove).

This is our last (and first) family hurrah before school starts for Tan man in 1 week!  1st GRADE…I’m not ready for this.  While I knew the kids would enjoy staying here on the lake in our somewhat cabin-like room, I’m going to be honest, the first night was not easy.  Landry did not settle down for more than an hour at a time until about 4am.  Once he finally fell asleep, a monsoon hit (not exaggerating) for the remainder of the dark morning hours so I think it’s safe to say Mike and I have had about 5 hours of combined sleep over the past 2 nights.  We’re tired.  But we’re not going to let that detour us.  The wasps and bees around this place are giving me a heart attack, and it’s a little too woodsy for my liking.  I like to see what I’m dealing with and the trees hide what may be lurking. Landry was screaming last night and we couldn’t just take him out of the room to walk him around in the dark woods (spiders, ticks, spiders, etc…), so it was really hard to get the kids to sleep and then stay asleep when he was crying all night.

Day1:

The kids were all excited to wake up and look out at the lake.  Sam went on the waterside at the pool about 100 times and Tanner went twice, and 0 if you count the times I carried him up the stairs and onto to slide kicking and crying.  He loved it both times but couldn’t push back his fears of the slide by going by himself.  Call me mean.  I call it, “prepping him for the real world.”  Sometimes in life someone’s going to gently nudge you down a slide.  You may not want to at first, but if you can push your fears aside and make the plunge, you might actually really enjoy it.  Oh, and I did go with him if that makes a difference.  Hoping he’ll do it again tomorrow…by himself.  The boys fished while the younger two napped and then Sam joined them.  The most excited I’ve seen them was when the ducks came over and they got to feed them honey nut cheerios.  I tried to snap as many pics as I could from our balcony so I didn’t get any close ups.

 Swimming all morning >>>

Look at all the boats!…hmmmm

Time to go fishing…

I noticed this after I was going through photos the next day.  Mike had fake teeth in and kept trying to get Sam’s attention…it didn’t work 🙂

Day 2:

We promised the kids we’d do the indoor water park at our resort today even though I think it may be chillier tomorrow and rainier too but we went anyway.  Nobody would go down the water slides.  I’m pretty sure I spotted the only wasp that happened to make it’s way indoors as well.  We took a break from the water park and went to the outside pool in the afternoon.  The bees and wasps were horrible.  Seriously, why can’t those things just leave me alone!!  My anxiety was at an all time high on this trip, but I think it’s safe to say we all managed to salvage some fun.   Sam fell asleep on our 5 minute drive to dinner. Then it was a couple of chapters from Charlotte’s Web before bed.

At least somebody’s safe from the bees..

In the car for 5 seconds..

Day 3:

Rain rain, go away!!  It rained most of the day.  We last minute decided to take the kids to see Planes movie on opening day.  Tanner was so excited, he brought his “planes” with him to the theater.  We finally got to the window only to find out that the guy in front of me bought the last 4 tickets!  Needless to say, Tanner was pretty disappointed.  Situation quickly diverted as we headed into the nearest ice cream shop.  We ran in the pouring rain to our cabin and the kids giggled and thought that was so fun!  We fished again, fed the ducks and geese again and swam…again.

Last morning here:  Snapped a few sweet pics of the kids before we left.  Even a few ducks waddled over to say goodbye 🙂

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