Saturday, July 25, 2009

Family Vacation @ Lake Okoboji

So I really can't believe that my last post was on July 9th. I have lots of pictures on my camera from all of the fun things that we have been doing but lately they haven't been making it off of my camera. Today we returned from Lake Okoboji in Iowa. It was a REALLY long drive (mainly for Perry, the other 2 kiddos did awesome) but well worth it for a fun week of vacation. On the way there and back we stayed in Madison, WI to break up the trip. It is the kids favorite part of any vacation, staying at a hotel. To us, the parents, it is the worst part of the vacation. There is just no good way to stay in a hotel room with 3 little ones. We have tried all different ways of doing it and all of them just lead to frustration for us and not enough sleep for the kids. If anyone has any tips on this, please send them my way b/c we really need them. After 2 days of driving and LOTS and LOTS of yelling from Perry, we made it!! We roasted marshmallows, went fishing, went boating, ate nutty bars, and most importantly caught up with family.

Emmy showing off her first perch!

Kaden and Emmy doing "cheers" with their drinks on the boat.

The whole Douma family

The Douma grandkids

Our family

Isabelle and Emmy enjoying their ice cream at Arnolds Park
5 cute little lobsters (thanks to Aunt Rebecca and Uncle Charles for the hats from Boston)

Enjoying smores (almost every night)

The girls ready to roast some marshmallows
We had a great time on vacation but it is good to be home. Perry decided that he only wanted to be with me (and Chris a little too) while on vacation, so it was very exhausting for me. I feel like I carried him around for 4 days straight. I love the cute little guy but it was not really a vacation for me. I am very thankful that Grandma and Grandpap are going to give us a break from the kiddos next weekend and I can enjoy an actual vacation!

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