This week was amazing! We had cabin full of friends, family and a bunch of kids hanging out. (the photo above shows some of our visitors shoes)suppers at 10:00pm, smores around the campfire and lots of laughs. It is was fun to officially welcome summer while playing on the water. We spent 4 days at the lake. One thing I love about the lake is we have minimal cell phone reception and no internet at all. We literally stay busy making real connections and having face to face conversations.
Thankfully my boat driving “jitters” went away (well for the most part anyway). My husband helped me stay accountable to my commitment to learn to drive the boat. I am so very appreciative of the time and patience he has given to help me learn. All the progress I have made is because of him. I now refer to him as “coach”. I am also happy to report that I did not fall apart this week. No tears, Yay! I drove 70% of the weekend and I even made a trip around the lake solo. Just to prove to myself that I could do it!
This Picture makes me laugh! These are three of my kids that willing agreed to be my “tube dummies”. They spent hours on the tube dealing with my speed up slow down, boring turns, and having to swim back to the tube after they fell off because I wasn’t super good at getting the tube close enough to them. (thankfully my husband taught me how to pull up close at a faster speed and a sharper turn, so now I can get the tube right to them). They would give me feed back after each spill, I heard, “Best dirver”, “Worst driver”, “mom what were you thinking”, “you drive like a grandma”, “please just get the tube close to us” and lots of laughter. Thankfully the lake wasn’t busy at all. I was able to relax and just figure it all out. By the end of the our time at the lake I was able to drive a little “craxy” and my 14 year old even requested me as the driver. I sent him flying off the tube a couple times.Which made me feel less like the “grandma boat driver” he had referred to me as previuosly.
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was throwing the anchor out, connecting my blue tooth to the boat, and spending some time jumping off the boat and floating around. You wouldn’t think that I would need an anchor lesson but, I did… You wanna make sure you dont just toss the anchor in and assume it is connected… Thankful for a long anchor rope and a 10 year old to catch my mistake.
I have to admit that after spending 4 days at the lake I am feeling very confident in driving the boat, but I still have a lot to learn. On my list for this coming week is trying to back the boat into the water (YIKES, stay tuned) and pullling skiers and wakeboards. In my mind I think that pulling a skier will be easier to do then pulling tubers. I like the idea of not having to turn in lots of circles. HA! I don’t often compliment my self for work done but Ido have to admit that driving the boat does make me feel proud and thankfully I have an amazing “Coach”that keeps me accountable by giving me new challenges to conquer.