We were supposed to go on our summer vacation to Eastern Tennessee this week, but because sometimes God has different plans for us all, and we went to New York to help Dad and MJ instead, we aren't able to afford the trip. I'm a little bummed by it (I could use the time off work!) but we've been trying to do many daytime outings as possible with the kids.
We decided to take the boat out for a little joy ride yesterday. Hollywood had to work, so it was just The Boy, Bumblebee, The Husband, Reggie and me. I packed a picnic lunch and we piled into the rusty old pickup truck that carries the boat trailer.
At first it seemed that the universe didn't want us to go. The first lake we went to only has two open boat ramps because of flooding. When we got there, a park ranger told us that the ramps were full. There's another lake close by, a much smaller no-wake lake, so we decided to go there. The Husband drove by one boat ramp and there was nowhere to park, so he drove to another one. It was open, but someone had their boat and trailer parked at a weird angle, so it was interesting to say the least when TH backed the trailer down the boat ramp.
I get so nervous when we're backing into the water! What if he were to accidentally slam the gas and the truck would fly into the water? That didn't happen, thankfully, but once we got the boat in the water, and the truck parked in the parking lot, the motor (or is it called an 'engine' on a boat? I have no idea) wouldn't start. Turns out the battery was dead.
So we went home. The Husband worked on the boat and borrowed some kind of boating equipment of our neighbor's. TH called them earmuffs which confuses me because even though he tried to explain the purpose of this piece of equipment, I still have no idea what he's talking about. At any rate, he got the battery charged and we did take two of the boat trip.
Take two was much more successful:
*photo of The Boy and Bumblebee on the boat:
Bumblebee was more excited about getting to have a Mountain Dew than she was to take a boat ride. Reggie enjoyed the ride too:
*photo of Bumblebee, The Boy, and Reggie on the boat:
At times, when the boat got going to fast, or when it seemed tippy when the weight wasn't distributed evenly (remember, it's only a small fishing boat) Bumblebee would get nervous. She was very skeptical that the boat wasn't going to flip:
*photo of Bumblebee with a skeptical look on her face:
She took cues from The Boy who was relaxed and having a great time. (Can you believe how big and handsome my little man is getting?)
*photo of The Boy on the boat:
A little more encouragement from Mom:
*photo of Bumblebee with me on the boat:
and some more from Dad:
*photo of Bumblebee with TH on the boat:
And before long, she was enjoying the ride without fear:
*photo of The Boy and Bumblebee on the boat; Bumblebee's hands are up in the air:
It was all a bit much for Reggie, who flopped down in the boat and took a nap:
*photo of Reggie sleeping in the boat:
It was a great day to be out on the water. Today is supposed to be perfect. 83 degrees, sunny, and low humidity. I can't decide if we should go hiking or to the beach. Or maybe a bike ride... So many options on a sunny summer day!