Sunday, April 19, 2009


On our way home from Memphis last weekend, we told the kids we would take them swimming since we didn't get any hotel swimming in. Southeast Missouri State has recently put in a beautiful aquatic rec. center. It was c-c-c-c-freezing, but it was fun! For $5 per person (excluding Mallory), it was a great day of fun. Because it was the day before Easter, we pretty much had the entire facility to ourselves.

Monkey Boy Ross on the rock climbing wall

Swinging like Tarzan on the zip line

Daddy had to show us how it was done!

Elizabeth's turn on the zip line

Poor Drew is terrified of water! Actually, he's terrified of lots of things - winding roads, puppies - all scary to him! So he just hangs out on the steps and makes his own fun.

Muscle Man

Mallory was content in Daddy's arms.

But she did play on the steps too, and she swung like a monkey on the hand rails.

Elizabeth talked me in to trying the zipline, but fortunately enough there is no record of it on film. I love doing fun things like that, but I didn't really want to do it that day. First of all, we were going to a restaurant and doing a little shopping after swimming, so I didn't want to get my head wet. This is something that men nor children can ever understand, am I right ladies? They just don't get it. Elizabeth assured me I wouldn't get my face wet. Right. Secondly, I didn't want to do it because you had to hold yourself up with a vertical 2 inch rope. Now, my flabby, un-toned arms weren't up for the challenge. After deciding to be a good sport and take the plunge, I took my place and knew I would not be able to hold myself out of the water. If you want to go really far, you have to pull your body up, missing the water because it slows you down. Pretty much I jumped off the platform, and my lack of arm strength caused me to just drop my lower body into the water while dangling from the rope. Classy, I know. I let go of the rope and of course my head went under. I surfaced to see my entire family laughing, as well as the three 20 year-old-100-pound-female-lifeguards. Glad I could make your day folks.