Family adventures (Part 1 - water park)

There's not a better day than today to tell about our adventures with my family, on my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's 7th anniversary. (Happy 7th, guys!!!!! Love you bunches!)

The past 4 days have been a very post-worthy happy time. Brad and Chel (and the kids) were "home" for a week. We spent some time with them Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We got home yesterday (Sunday) from a quick trip taking them back to Oklahoma and visiting with them, seeing their new digs. But I'll tell about those adventures in another post.

Thursday we all piled in the fabulous RV (rolling turd I think is what my sister-in-law, Kari, calls it?! funny!!) and went to the water park for a fun-filled morning and afternoon. It was the first time for all the kids on the RV (first for me, too!) so driving just 45 minutes was a thrill-ride for most of us. It was definitely one one of the highlights of Noah's day.


The water park was fabulous. Kinda crowded and plenty hot. But we still have a lot of fun. Adi, the baby of our family (just 5 months old) even really enjoyed it. My is she the BEST baby ever, in 90 degree weather even! I am pretty taken by her sweetness and beauty.


We started out by doing the fun stuff. I told Ash (Neil and Brad's 13-yr old sister) she had to do the "U" with me. She didn't want to, but I begged her. Begged. Reluctantly she actually said "ooooo-kaaaay". When she got to the top and sat on the tube with me, she screamed "I want off!", but it was too late. We went down down down fast! fast! fast! Talk about a thrill ride. It was soooo much fun. This was the same ride that Heather begged me to ride with her a few weeks prior -- and I was glad that I went. I think Ash can say she was glad she went, too, because when we got to the bottom she said "I want to go again!". Mission accomplished :c)

Carrying the raft up (that's me in the pink suit, Ash behind it):

Getting ready to go:


Going some more!

And then my husband and his brother went. They're both holding on for dear life!

It was so much fun. Kind of an out-of-body experience. Hard to explain but something I'd definitely do again! :)

I think it wore Ash out, because much of the day you could find her like this. Gotta love teenagers. I miss being one of them :)

Aunt Chel and Maia:

The kids had a lot of fun going down the small water slides:

And I had fun doing some of my notorious photo shots. "Only Val . . . " :)

Ella and her daddy. She is such a daddy's girl. (Don't ya love her swimsuit? Hard to tell here, but very retro 50's!)

And "the girls" before we left. Ashley, me and Chel (friends and family 4-ever -- so very corny, but so very true):

Oklahoma travels are tomorrow with lots of randomness photos called "the things I shoot when bored on an RV" :)


Alexis Jacobs said...

Glad you guys were able to spend some time together. It's hard when family lives away from you. But it makes that time you do get together extra special.

I can't believe how much Mia has changed since I was there in May. She looks bigger than Noah!

Missy!! said...

Aww! It looks like you guys had TONS of fun.. and lots of sun! That U thing.. looks SOOO scary! I think I'd pee my pants! :) Plus.. I love the matching cover ups Michelle & Ashley! How cute!! Was this on purpose or shear accidental!? :) Love the pictures.. keep them coming!

Chel said...

Ok, that looks like SO much fun!!

Erin said...

Looks like a blast!! I'm glad you got to spend such good quality time with them all and see little Adi again : )

Jennifer said...

I have to agree with Alexis I was thinking the same thing about Maia, they look the same size!!

looks like good times...can't wait to see more......

be careful

Michelle said...

Hey...look at this, I'm online!! Yay!

We had so much fun! Thanks for the great times!

it's me, Val said...

@ Michelle, YAY! :)

@ AJ and Jenn, they almost are the same size. (She definitely has a bigger head -- hehe). It's funny, N has always been way BELOW average and Maia always way ABOVE average . . . I have this strange feeling that she is going to be taller than her brother. My dad already pegged her as the athlete. . . we shall see! Kinda funny, eh? :)

lil ole' me..... said...

Looks like y'all had a wonderful time!
I don't know if I would have the courage to try the "U".

And, I love your cover-up- so cute!!!

Louise said...

Looks like a lot of fun!!!
That slide looks amazing...yikers!!

ashley;sis(: said...

im very glad that you begged me to go on that ride. i love these family memories and we'll have to do this again, only in and OK water park :)