Today is my third day off and it has so far been quite fun and adventurous. Sarah and her kids came and picked us up at 10:30 this morning and we all headed to Champion Lake for the afternoon. There was a crisp wind blowing in for a little while which made the air pretty cool, but luckily the wind died down a half hour or so after we arrived. Then it got nice and toasty. Champion is a nice little lake to spend the day at, especially when you have kids to entertain. There's camping, trails to walk, a playground and of course the warm lake to play in.
One awesome thing about Champion too is that there is an added bonus fountain of fun if you know where to look. And by that I mean turtle hunting! There are certain areas of the lake which house lots of teeny tiny turtles to search for (which look just like Earl). Sometimes you have to be up to your knees in mud before you can catch one, but they're so bloody cute so the effort is well worth it. Chris was slipping and sliding all over the place trying to catch turtles for the kids, but those little reptiles are fast to slip off logs into the water. Luckily some other kids who were also turtle hunting had already caught two so we were able to hold them and admire their overwhelming cuteness (the turtles...not the kids).
While we were playing on the beach, we noticed that across the lake we could see people jumping from a rock and swinging on a giant rope into the water. The second I saw Chris's eyes light up when he saw that, I knew that there was no way we could leave without us hiking over there and doing the swing ourselves. So we packed up the kids and walked over to the spot where we saw the people jumping from. Every time I go to Champion I see people swinging over there but just have never walked over to do it myself. Today was that day. And yeah, it was really fun. Holden was pretty upset that we wouldn't let him do the jump, but after he actually saw other people doing it and just how far you swing out there, he seemed quite content to just sit back and watch. He's only 5 and need to be a stronger swimmer to be able to do something like that. I'm excited to go back and do it again.
So what is the plan for the rest of the day?? Who knows! Chris is going to go drywall with Jer while I will probably go do something with Amy and Cadance for a while. Hiking tomorrow!!!