fun at the lake

We headed up to Lake Ouachita this past Thursday night and spent the weekend with friends skiing, tubing, and hanging out on the party barge. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time. Owen is such a water baby and he was on his best behavior the whole weekend. We really enjoyed spending the time together as a family. Here are a few pictures from our trip.

Several people jumped off the top of the party barge and into the water. Chris did it several times and displayed his unique bellyflopping skills along with his patented cannonball technique seen here:

Owen has become such a good sport about wearing this constricting life vest. He doesn’t even fuss anymore when we put it on. He just looks slightly annoyed!

We spent 9 hours on the lake on Saturday and got to enjoy this beautiful view on the way back in to the marina.

Owen and his women. Missy and Josh had been away in Branson all week for vacation and apparently Owen missed them terribly. He talked nonstop to them in a very urgent tone the whole weekend as if he was berating them for leaving him for a week.

Owen is quite the cookie monster and threw the biggest tantrum I’ve ever seen when I pried one from his grubby little hand. So, he discovered that his mouth would hold an entire cookie and that made a pretty good hiding place! For the grannies in the audience…I’m aware that this is a choking hazard! He didn’t keep the cookie in his mouth for too long before I dug it out with a paper towel….which really hacked him off! I just made sure to get a picture of it first!

On Saturday afternoon Owen just laid over in my lap while we were lounging in the water and took a good long nap. I think I held him like this for 45 minutes while he snored!

Owen enjoyed playing with the boat keys


hanging out at the back of the barge

playing with my toys

playing with daddy in the water

driving the boat with Uncle Josh

relaxing with my aunt Missy

We had a really great weekend on the lake!

On another note, I haven’t reported on Owen’s 12 month well baby checkup. He weighed 21 lbs 15 oz. and was 30 (almost 31) inches tall. He is only in the 10-20th percentile for weight (which sort of concerned and puzzled us) and had actually lost a little weight since his last visit. Dr. Albin said that it’s normal for babies to lose a little weight as they transition from baby food to table food. Owen is generally a big eater but I guess since he’s so active he’s burning calories faster than he’s taking them in. He’s healthy and we think he looks alright so we’re gonna be ok with it for now. His height is just over the 50th percentile so he’s probably going to be “just average” in the height department like Chris and I. Chris decided that athletically it’s better for him to be short and fast than tall and slow! Owen is very muscular and extraordinarily strong. The nurse even commented on his brute strength when we were holding him down for his shots. We’ve discovered that Owen is lactose intolerant and he’s solely on lactose free milk and we’re restricting his daily dairy intake. The regular whole milk caused him to have terrible diaper rashes and an upset tummy. He’s tolerated the lactose free milk so far so we’ll keep him on that for the time being.

Owen has a new affinity for the broom and mop and carried them around so much that we got him his own child’s version of a broom w/dustpan and a mop. He carries them all over the house and stays busy helping me with the housework. I’m hoping to start training him early to be a good husband when he grows up. I’ve got to give a shout out to my mother-in-law who trained Chris in proper house cleaning and laundry duties.

Owen’s best bud Hudson is turning 1 this weekend so we’ll be heading to Dairy Queen on Saturday for his big party. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures in Owen’s toddler world!

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