#TBT – Bull Shoals Family Vacation 2014

IMG_1625In 2014 we had a fantastic time at Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas. We stayed at the same place we stayed at this year (2015) and we had the same cabin this time around. One cool thing about the trip this year as oppose to those in the past is that we had access to an awesome GoPro camera. So I took the liberty of taking all of that footage and pictures and putting them together to make two great videos.

This year was Alex’s first year at the lake. He was still a little guy but he had a blast. Relaxing in his little boat was probably his favorite thing to do. While I’m sure if he could’ve walked at the time he would’ve jumped off the cliffs. I’m just glad he couldn’t. Jumping off the cliffs is always a good time and I am happy we were able to capture that experience.

Here is part one, done to the tune of Kenny Chesney’s When The Sun Goes Down.

And here is part two with the sounds of Calvin Harris’ Summer.

Our Escape to Fugitive Beach

FugitiveBeach-01Every now and then you wish you could just get away but you really can’t because you’re broke and “away” is thousands of miles and somewhere tropical… Well, this isn’t exactly that but it’s pretty awesome in it’s own regard. May I present, Fugitive Beach, which is located in Rolla, MO (about a 2 hour drive from St. Louis). My wife, daughter, niece, and myself took a little day trip to Fugitive Beach to see what it all about. It was very cool. When you enter you can immediately see this massive water slide. Then upon further inspection you can see two different platforms where you can jump into the water. There was a bar and grill there if you didn’t bring your own food. You cannot bring your own alcohol which I think is a good idea, but you can buy beer, etc at the bar there. You can also bring a cooler with food, soda, water, etc, but no glass and remember to not be a litter bug and pick up your trash.

It cost us $6 per person and we also had to sign a waiver before entering. Makes sense. This is/was a quarry. We setup our beach blanket, some chairs, and a cooler. Leaving all of that behind we took to the water. Everyone but my daughter Abby went down the slide and jumped off the cliffs. I don’t blame her. When I was her age I would only hold onto the ladder whenever I got into the pool.

Did I mention I took my GoPro? I didn’t? Then maybe instead of reading all of this you should just watch this instead…

 

What to Do When it Snows in St. Louis?

So you got yourself stuck inside with several inches of snow outside? I can understand you not wanting to conquer traffic or shoveling the driveway for a few hours. We got lucky with the snow coming on a day most government workers and schools have off, President’s Day, but what could you possibly do with your kids??? Go sledding of course! Which is exactly what I did with my little girl. We had so much fun sledding right in our own backyard. We went out twice, once in the morning and then again in the afternoon. After the first time outside I thought… “Hey, I should get out my GoPro!” Which is exactly what I did for our second round of sledding. It was so much fun to get outside and play in the snow. Normally it would only be a 10-15 minute playtime before Abby would want to go back inside. This time we were outside for close to an hour or more each session. The snow wasn’t snowman capable but it was definitely sled worthy.

Check out our results below.