Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Invasion of Lake Texoma

Monday was my first day back at the office in like 10 days. So I got to answer the "how was your vacation" questions a dozen times or so. That's a good thing, because we had a great time. Wow, was it hard getting back into work mode (I say that like it's a thing that's already happened, but it hasn't really...) So here are a few highlights:
  • First and foremost- didn't see a single snake. But we did see a bunch of very non-scary armadillos. I don't recall seeing these up close before. They looked like a cross between my parent's wiener dogs and a rolly-polly.
  • On Thursday I saw that we were under a "Severe Wind Advisory." Part of the notice said that anyone on a lake should "use extreme caution." So naturally we decided boating needed to be part of our day. A few of us spent some kinda scary moments on a pontoon boat rolling around "waves" that were strong enough to ensure that we were thoroughly soaked. At one point we took on so much water that the front end of the boat (remember this is one of those pontoon boats that are kinda like a raft welded to a couple of massive 2-liters) was actually submerged so the water was above my knees while I was seated. It was like our very own "3-hour tour." In hindsight, not a huge deal, but I was glad we didn't have any kiddos with us.
  • The adults were out-numbered 15 to 12, so that always makes for good entertainment. One of my kid's greatest discoveries was, well, mud. They called it "clay" and "sculpted" odd shapes with it. My first statement to them, said with some foresight, was "you're not bringing that home." Their answer, "ok, daddy."...................... The mud is now on our front porch greeting all who come to our house if you'd like to see it. But the kids were amazingly self-entertaining and just kinda became roving mobs that went in small, but feisty, groups from place to place doing important things like gathering rocks, dumping cups of water on each other, riding inflatable dolphins, and looking for bugs. I'm glad they never realized that if they'd have combined their might they may have overthrown the adults.
  • In another embarrassing sign of, well, lots of things . . . I pulled a muscle in my chest just as I was getting up on the water skiis and that was the end of that. Maybe if I wait another 14 years until I ski again I'll be better at it.
  • Not too long after we arrived I started hearing the phrase "talent show." To which I snickered a bit, and assumed this was just talk and would never happen. Well, it did happen and it was marvelous. Here were some of the acts on display:
    • Traci and I threw water balloons at each other
    • An elephant named "Nuts" relieved himself on some unsuspecting kids
    • Braeden tore up an entire field dancing emphatically to High School Musical . . . by himself
    • Jake (a cousin) did a river-dance thing that was mind boggling. If I moved my feet that fast, I'm certain they'd fly off or at least I'd not be walking for a while.
    • The older boys poured water on the daddies
    • The older boys poured water on the girls
    • The older girls poured water on the boys
    • And who can forget this, which was pretty much the cultural highlight of the trip for my boys:
    • We all sang a song led by Grandma & Grandpa Morrow - a good warm, fuzzy moment.
Anyway, this post is far too long already, so I'll close with this. I usually set low expectations for things, especially when there are multiple kids involved, but to answer the question in my first paragraph, this was an awesome vacation. Everyone got along so well, and we deeply appreciated being invited along. Anything that keeps the kids smiling and me reasonably safe is a good thing by me! Thanks, Mike & Kathy!!


agm said...

ick, that armadillo is freaking me out!!! anything with a little snout-like thing & those creepy little hands is much scarier than a snake. you should be glad that they didn't form their own roving gang to overthrow the adults because i bet they can open doors and carry things, like knives and other assorted weaponry, in those creepy hands.

Nato said...

This is incredible. My family is from Southwest Oklahoma, and I have seen many armadillos in my visits to the farm. I've never seen an armadillo whole and moving. I've only seen them... (I believe the word is) "squarshed" on the side of the road. I'm a little freaked-out to see that they actually have feet and walk.

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