We had such a good time at Osage Beach, Missouri, that it will take two whole updates to recap it all. Part of the reason is that it was our first trip with a new digital camera, so we took lots of pics. I'll get right to it:
First we got in the family van and prepared for the 14-hour drive
As we drove through Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, the road signs got weirder and weirder:
We also had to learn the local dialect
Missouri is a beautiful state, so we made sure to take time and enjoy nature
We were a little concerned about having two 2-year-old boys, a 9-year-old and an 11-year-old all in the same house for a week. But everybody did great and we had no broken bones, exploded appliances or exotic diseases.
I even got to play board games and video games throughout the week.
I got up really early one morning to play golf with my brother and my dad. Little Jack had trouble sleeping at night so I started out pretty tired, but once the coffee kicked in I played up to my potential. I had the high score... so I win, right?
Here's a picture of my brother bowling during vacation. He's really good. One time he scored a 137. With no bumpers.
The lakehouse had cable TV, which we don't get at home, so it was pretty interesting seeing all those new channels. I learned a lot about the world.
Finally, considering that we stayed on a lake, we of course went boating and tubing. I won the record for fastest wipout, but Whiskers got the most hang time. It's not really fair, though, since she weighs only 9 pounds.
And that was our trip. It was a lot of fun, and I hope to go again next year!
(Check back in a couple days for part 2. It might even have real pictures.)