The Greatest Show on Earth!

How did I forget to blog about the greatest show on earth?! It was a really, really cool show and since I've only been to one circus in my life, probably the greatest show I've seen.  We were highly impressed! A friend at work had recommended it to me a couple years ago but I must've missed it when it came around last year. I was happy to have caught it this year and it did not disappoint! TJ asked me several times before we went who was more excited - me or Tylee? I think I was! 
Although I wasn't excited about that $15 sno-cone! 
There was a pre-show before the circus and we were able to go down and walk around. We got to meet some of the stars and look at the costumes and such. It was neat but Tylee was too shy to get the full experience. Oh well, it was free. 

This was the smaller version of the Ringling Brothers circus so I was a little nervous that we were going to miss out on a lot. I think the main thing this show (Built to Amaze) didn't have was the lions and tigers but I cannot imagine them cramming much more in to a 2-hour time slot.  

This (above) was my favorite thing. Once it got going, I was too mesmerized to get a good picture but here is a video. I'm not sure that Tylee understood how dangerous it all was so although neat, she wasn't as amazed at TJ and I. 

If you ever have a chance to go, I would highly recommend it. We had such a great time and will definitely go again in a few year! 


Back to the lake!

Summer is almost over and we had yet to all make it to the lake! This made me so sad so I took matters into my own hands and loaded up as many kids as I could! We basically got there Friday night in time to eat some hot dogs and get unpacked but we didn't care, we were finally there! 
Saturday morning we woke up to rain, rain, and more rain. It was in the forecast but we had decided to chance it. After breakfast, we had some time to kill while waiting for it to clear off. Papa and the kids built a fire (with wet wood) and we made things interesting with a game of darts.
It finally cleared off about noon and we were able to get out on the water! The first stop, as usual, was Serenity Point to get some gas and play on their water toys. 

After that, we headed to Duck Creek to feed the catfish and piddle around on the water. Since it had been raining most of the morning, the lake wasn't busy and the water was so smooth. No complaints here! 
As we were leaving Duck Creek, a GRDA flagged us down and handed out free T-shirts. Everyone was initially really nervous but when he asked what the kids shirt size was, they were pretty excited. We got off the boat a little before dark and headed up to make dinner. The kids all wore their shirts home the next day and we snapped this picture with Grandma before we left.