Lake Kahola

Thursday, July 28, 2016

So the Keith's took our first lake trip as a family of four!  And it was such a good time.

We have gone to Lake Kahola for 3 years now and it's become one of my favorite summer trips.  It's a decent sized lake right outside of Emporia, KS, embedded in the flint hills.  The owners of the adorable little house are the Morgan family.  We've known the Morgan's since high school and I went to nursing school with Olivia.  She has become one of my best friends over the years and both Bennett and Emmy have a special relationship with her.  I can't even begin to tell you guys what she has done for me and my family.  She has been an integral part of the first 7 months of the twins life and without her, we would be lost.
Anyways, back to the lake.  The babies had a B L A S T and loved the trip.  They slept well in their own pack and plays (since they roll around so much, we decided to stick with their own pack and plays, just like at home), napped pretty much on schedule and were big fans of the water.

Carl was their dog friend of the weekend.  He always seemed to watch over them, a little skeptical but always gentle and sweet.
These two love remotes.  I don't know what could be so fascinating about them but they both can be easily entertained for a good 10 minutes with a remote.  I'm not sure if they actually think they are controlling the TV or what but it works for now.  I'm sure the more intelligent they get, I will regret giving them the remote.  *Cue the Winnie the Pooh movie every hour*
First night there!  Babies asleep and Mom and Dad can enjoy some cold beers by the river, listening to a live band!  So great.
The people who lived next door had a shrimp dinner on Saturday night with a live band that played both Friday and Saturday nights.  Once the babies went down, we grabbed beer and headed down by the lake.  The whole weekend was like a dream, with the exception of the mosquito bites (which I am still finding).

Okay... ready for picture overload?  Sorry but pictures speak volumes loader than my words...  Major photo cred goes out to Olivia Morgan, some of these are her shots and I am so happy to finally be in some pics on the blog!  Being a mama that documents the babies lives, it's not always easy to jump into pictures now.

Getting ready for their first boat trip!
Emmy girl.  Does she not look like such an angel baby?!
So... they liked the boat... so I think.  They didn't not like it.  That's probably a better way to put it.  They just were.  I think they liked the noise.  It sounded like their sleep sheep. 
B, the fisherman.

Daddy and Em girl...
My bestie Olive.  
Bennett and that hat.  Cracks me up.  He is like a little old man in a baby's body.  Such a sir!
She sat like this for the remainder of the boat trip.  I think the sun really tired them out.  THey napped like champs right after this ride.
So, we didn't get a vacation from Pooh bear.  B couldn't seem to part with his better half.  That honey-seeking little bear snuck into our family trip and I'm not even mad about it.  Just seeing B's face when he can spend 20 minutes with Pooh is more than enough for me.
After hours.  Babies fast asleep.  Parents wear glow sticks and listen to live music.
Had to add in this cutie because YOU GUYS he's adorable.  Little 8 week old Wade.  Such a heart breaker.
First real dip in the lake!
Family--- ahhh my heart is full.
They liked the water, but mostly didn't really know what to do.
Em girl... That smile is so addicting.
Little burrito.
Bennett loved the sand!  I see sand-eating in their future if we visit a beach again.
Dad and B.

Emmy and Olivia--- two peas in a pod!  Many MANY thanks to this girl for this weekend.
That suit is Old Navy.  And let me tell you.  It's a great place to get baby clothes.  Decent quality for how they last and the price is great.  Especially if you have a GAP credit card.  No endorsement here.  Just a head up for anyone interested.
End all be all, we will definitely be returning to the lake, if the Morgan's will have us.  It was such a great weekend.  I think the funniest story from this weekend was the only thing we forgot to grab before we left: diapers.  I packed everything we needed except the one thing we desperately NEEDED.  Which was hilarious.  I did pack about 34 swim diapers!  Not exactly what you want 6 month old's in, as swim diapers are basically pull ups.  I've quickly come to realize traveling with little ones is like 10x more work in remembering the right stuff and being prepared ahead of time is crucial.  Thankfully Dr. Morgan ran into town and got us a box.  Thankfully we weren't too far from a grocery store.

Selfie with my sweet babes.

This weekend will be my first weekend away from the babies and Alex since they have been born.  I'm so excited to be celebrating the bachelorette party of one of my best friends but will miss my babes!  Tune in next week for an update!

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!  Stay cool and again, everyone love everyone.

Until next Thursday,
Lauren, E&B


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