Monday, February 27, 2017

Lake House with the Jensens -Sept. 2016

This year we met at a home in Oklahoma, just kind of in the middle of nothing big, and it turned out to be awesome. The home is on about 10 acres of land, and we felt isolated in a wonderful, nature filled way. Here is our country oasis:
 The owners of this place were clearly grandparents considering all the kid friendly activities they had on the premise. Exhibit A:

 Exhibit B: (maybe not necessarily for kids, but hammocks are fun)
 At the fire pit making Nutella s'mores:
 Sand pit next to the playground: (they even had "jewels" buried in the sand for the kids to hunt). And Jake's thumb make's it's official pictorial debut.
 Movies -by the tree growing through the cabin.

 I was still on the knees scooter while on this trip, so the day venture to Bathtub Rocks was out for me. Gavin and Sadie had to nap anyway. But it looks pretty cool, even if the water is low during this time of year:

 Naomi, Paige and Cole:

 Peter checking out the sink hole. How deep is that thing?

 Board Games!:

 The blue pond:
This pond is awesome. The older kids had a blast jumping into it from the dock and the rope swing. Jake made several videos of the flying children.

 Here is our illustrious cabin and side house. It really was amazing. The massive porches made me very happy.

 Naomi, Isaac, and Cole with their superhero masks:

 Sadie and Paige looking heroic:
 Alan playing Pick Up Sticks with the kids:

 The crew! With me in my stupid boot still non weight bearing. But, it could have been way worse. It was SO NICE to have something like this to look forward to when I had been feeling trapped at home. With Dianna and Alan's medical background, I didn't feel like such a reject while wheeling around the house and crawling up the stairs.
I love these people. I love this tradition.

A few more things: Jake and Alan took the oldest four on a hike through the woods at some point, and Cole had a breakdown about the burrs on his shoelaces --Poor kid thought they were alive. We celebrated Peter's and Sadie's birthday with a cake. We attended a local Primary Program for sacrament meeting. There was a big swing out front that even I had a good swing on. We had a great time cooking with each other, and really loved everything about this trip. It was so needed.
Here are the kids at a rest stop on the way home. Because they're cute.

 Don't mess with Texas is right. Even if Oklahoma was a lovely hostess.

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