We had an awesome vacation.
While the skies opened and poured seven inches of rain upon central Iowa, we were up on the sunny lake enjoying the views of Big Spirit and Little Spirit lakes. The three-bedroom house we rented was great. The kitchen was big and well-equipped so I enjoyed making almost all our meals (we only ate out for lunch on the drive to Spirit Lake and on Friday night). The living room was a little small, but it was big enough for the kids to watch movies when they were taking a break from the lake. Each morning they had a blast swimming in the lake and jumping off the dock. The lake was very shallow -- which was perfect! Violet could walk all the way to the end of the 20-foot dock and the water was only up to her chest! It was the perfect place for us. And there was a red canoe!
Big thanks to my mom who joined me for the entire week, and Shawn who only got two days in the lake house (but truth be told, that was probably the right amount of time for him). And to my kids, who may have begged for technology every chance they got, but who thoroughly embraced lake life and summer vacation. Hooray! We had a real summer vacation just like I wanted!
On vacation, we
Ate ice cream!
Put down all the seats in the van
Discovered a drive-in theater
In the middle of nowhere!
Stayed up late to watch Jurassic World
And ate popcorn and pop!
We visited a laundromat and walked around downtown Spirit Lake
We celebrated Bo's birthday with root beer cupcakes made by my mom
We went to the local bookstore
We blew bubbles
We went to the amusement park
We played skee ball
We threw footballs
Mazy didn't.... But he did win at skee ball!
We saluted summer and enjoyed hanging out together.