For awhile, I am still going to post at both places. I don't have the new blog all set up yet, and will just copy and past for the time being!!! But be sure and check the new blog out too!!!
We acquired a boat this summer. We have been to the lake 5 times in the last month. One weekend, we got rained out at Keystone one day, and went to Canton lake the next. Kevin and I have dreamed of the day we could have something like this for our family. We put the boys into swim lessons four summers ago. They took lessons for three summers and this summer they were on the swim team, all in preparation for us getting a boat eventually.
Kinsley is still smaller than we would like, but it is much easier with one toddler than it ever would have been with two! And all three kids are still small enough that they love to ride in the boat for awhile, and then go to the sand and play. Kinsley absolutely loves the water and the boat! She wants to put the boat into every mud hole we see now, and we can't change the TV channel if there is water on! Silly girl!!!
Kevin and I find a great deal of peace and serenity going to the lake. There is no talk of work, problems, disputes, or anything else. It is just a time when we can get away from everything, enjoy our beautiful, healthy family, and have fun! We love that it allows us the ability to create wonderful memories without breaking the bank. And we love just being able to get away from EVERYTHING for the afternoon. It is definitely a welcomed addition to our life.
Unfortunately, my accident proneness hasn't escaped our lake going! In fact, a year to the day on Sunday was when I had fallen off of the stage of the chapel where my sister got married. I had blood everywhere, and a bruise that lasted for weeks. I still have a scar from that loveliness!
Anyways, we took our very good friends', the Brooks' with us to the lake this weekend. Nathan and Kevin were best friends in school, and Nathan and I grew up 2 miles apart from each other. Krista and I are great friends, and they have two girls, one is the boys age, and the other is Kinsley's age. It works out great!
Krista and I got on the tube after the boys were done. Kevin was driving. It was really one of those perfect storm moments. We were flying every which way and we saw the other boat pulling a tube. I knew he was going into the wake of the other boat and had told Krista as much. He claims I should have tucked and rolled then...But I didn't. Instead, he hit it, and we went over. I hit the water wrong, the air got knocked out of me, and my knee popped. I came up, couldn't breath, and wasn't sure what I had done to my leg, only that it was in pain!
On Monday, we went to an orthopedic specialist and were relieved to hear that it was a torn MCL instead of my ACL! It wouldn't require surgery (PRAISE THE LORD), only rest and ice! I could definitely do that!
I am happy to report that my knee is starting to feel better. The swelling and stiffness are still there, but I can get around pretty good. My injury from the wedding last year lasted much longer!!!
It had been suggested by some that the boat needs to never be used again because of the danger and accidents it can cause. While I can see why one might think or say that, it was an accident, and honestly, for those that know me, they know accidents with me happen ALL THE TIME!! In the last year alone, I have burned myself on our grill, fell at my sister's wedding, fell down stairs at church, tripped on the sidewalk at school and got both my knees scraped, and now my boating mishap. I didn't stop walking, grilling or using stairs after those accidents. ACCIDENTS HAPPEN! We ALL take risks all the time!!!! Kevin takes risks daily being a farmer! It is one of the MOST DANGEROUS jobs you can have, and we don't quit that every time he injures his back or cuts his finger. We will continue taking the boat out and may even do it this weekend if all the ground is worked and things are taken care of! I am game if the family is!
The boat will continue to be a great source of entertainment for our family! It will be something that we will spend many hours on, and we will create great family memories with our children and extended family and friends. And if the occasional accident happens, that is okay too! It happens...and apparently A LOT to me, regardless of whether I am on dry land or at sea lol!!!!!