our summer vacation in Okoboji

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Every summer we spend a week at my grandparents' lake house in Okoboji, Iowa. It's my favorite place on Earth. I spent my childhood summers there, lived there when Eric and I started dating, got married there, and now we get to bring our kids there to make new memories. This year was a little different with Finch joining us! Our first official summer vacation as a family of four.

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My mom and siblings (and their families) were there the same week as us. With seven adults and seven kids age 8 and under, we kept the agenda pretty simple.

Highlights:

  • Perfect weather all week
  • Sleeping in til 9:00 am one day!
  • Eating on the deck
  • Walking down to the lake and the nearby park
  • A date with Roo to the candy store
  • Cousins playing board games, puzzles and hopscotch
  • Watching America's Got Talent together
  • Amusement park rides (Roo's favorites were the kiddie coaster, The Scrambler and the Tilt-a-Whirl)
  • Splash park
  • Spudnutz potato donuts...yum
  • Afternoon naps
  • Night swimming
  • Eric accidentally going in the lake with his phone in his pocket...NOT ;)

And now for a massive photo dump...

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A lot of people have asked us how it was to vacation with a 6-week-old. Well, the four-hour car ride was more like six hours with all the stops to nurse. We tried to find parks along the way so Roo could run off some energy at the same time.

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Once we got there, it really was just parenting in a different location. And since Roo's and Finch's needs are so different right now, Eric and I divided and conquered. Because Finch needed to nurse every 2ish hours during the day and can't be out in the sun, I mostly hung out with him at the cabin while Eric took Rooney to do what she wanted to do. I would meet up with them occasionally at the splash park or amusement park. It was so much fun to watch Roo loving the lake and spinning rides. She is a brave little girl!

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Rooney keeps asking when we can go back...sadly we probably won't be back til next summer! Check out this comparison shot that I hope to keep taking year after year!

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 2015

2015