Mikes family grew up going to Lake Powell every single summer! Sometimes twice or three times in one summer. I didn't grow up with a boat, but would sometimes go to Lake Powell with friends that did. I love it there! The last time we went to Powell was when Georgia was 3 months old and it was actually really hard. Kind of disaster. That was our first trip with G, and I was still brand new mom trying to figure out nursing, getting her to fall asleep, etc... It was SO HOT and I just remember thinking, "get me off this houseboat as soon as possible."
After our last experience, we just decided that this year we were not going to go. The ages of our kids worried me and the drive down there worried me, pretty much all of it made me stressed. But at the last minute I decided that it would probably be stressful and hard, but it would also be such a fun memory! And the fact that this was the Kimball sides big family reunion this summer, I just felt like we would really be missing out. So we ditched the idea of staying on the houseboat, and got a rental in Page, AZ about 10 minutes from the marina. This decision alone changed the entire trip! It was so nice to be able to go back to our rental at the end of a long day on the lake and shower, get clean, and sleep in a bed! Our kids ended up doing really well! I just went with the flow of missed naps and late nights and told myself it wasn't a big deal for 3 days. Lane went ALL OUT the first day at the lake. He was so excited about jumping off the side of the houseboat into the water. He called it his "diving board" and probably did it at least 100 times that day. He is used to taking a nap everyday so I was surprised that he didn't crash! He just kept moving, running, and swimming all day long! On the boat ride back to the marina however, he completely zonked out! Slept the entire boat ride, the walk to our car, the car ride to our rental, even THE SHOWER Mike gave him when we got home! Who sleeps through a shower???? Thats how exhausted he was. So to say we slept like rocks would be an understatement.
Georgia and Lane both tried the tube and loved it until Georgia got bucked off in the middle of the lake! She didn't ever recover from that incident and I think it might be years until we can get her back on a tube. Lane loved it though, and I'm sure when Leona is old enough, she will love it to. Our kids mostly loved playing on the beach and swimming in the water! It was actually a pretty relaxing trip for the most part. Robin fed us like kings, no surprise there. And it was nice to all be together as a big family, creating memories with each other! We don't get together as much as we used to. Everyone is so busy raising their own families. So it was nice to have uninterrupted time with everyone there. We took a big family picture the last day and I love it! I always come away from these trips feeling so lucky to have married into such an incredible family. The Kimball's have welcomed me with open arms and loved me like their own from minute one. I'm glad that I now have only positive memories of Lake Powell once again! No more Powell with newborns!