When I say that expression, I'm not just referring to getting the boat started to pull you up skiing/wakeboarding - I'm also saying, let's get summer started too! - Hit it!
I think the weather forecaster's temperature prediction I read for today was for 83 degrees. I saw 96 on the thermometers in John's car and here at the house. Brayden said that he thought the weather forecaster's did what he often does, "just rushed through it" when they were making their predictions. Whatever the case, we weren't complaining as it was the PERFECT day for our 2008 inaugural boat trip.
This week has been a little tense in anticipation of this fact. Particularly last night when there was concern of whether or not the boat would even start. It's been harbored safely in our garage all winter, but the one thing John didn't do was disconnect the batteries - so, off he and Travis went to Joe's to replace them. But, those new batteries did the trick - and by 9am this morning, we were off to Cottage Grove Lake. When we arrived, it was a watersports lover's dream - maybe two other boats and lots and lots of glass. I anticipated very cold water, but even that wasn't too big of a deal, once you got in.
We took lots and lots of pictures - we won't be taking John's camera out every time, so we wanted to get some great shots of the whole experience to last. Brayden was "up" first - and sure enough - he was "up". We were all so excited for him - it's just fun to have him have something he can feel like he is really good at and be proud of himself with. Later on, he went out again, and kept going and going. Way to go, little dude. Of course, Travis did great - note the one shot of him way up there, but uh oh, the rope is out of his hands. Yes, the next shot caught that crash.
I was thrilled with my turn, that it was just as easy as I remembered - hopefully this summer I can find a way to do more than just cross the wake and do little hops. I did manage to switch directions with the board, but that was purely by accident and followed up with a fall. As much as I love this sport, I do have to be smart with my desire to do bigger and better things - crashes are not easy on the ol' neck - even Travis was commenting today about getting a water-helmet for himself. While that would probably be a really smart idea - it's more the whiplash when you land hard that I worry about. I think my new motto is: It's much better to fall because I choose to "woose out" rather than fall because I "wipe out".
Other pictures in this post include John looking especially hot on the wakeboard, as well as looking hot laying out and driving the boat. (What a good-looking man I married!). I thought the pictures of Mikayla on the inflatable were precious, particularly the one of her looking at her little foot - as well as the pic of Stephanie singing "Little Bunny Foo-Foo" with the kids at the bow of the boat.
All in all, we couldn't have asked for more. I'm so ready for summer.....