and the sun in your face as you run up and down the lake at Lake Powell. Lake Powell has always been one of Ian's favorite vacations. The kids totally have a blast and it is so fun to teach the kids all the water sports. This year the whole family was able to make it to Powell in honor of Claudette. Despite the houseboat being a little snug for 12 adults and 12 children, we were able to have a load of fun. Sherida was amazing -- planning the whole event and getting enough food and toys to keep us all occupied. We swam, slid, boated, knee boarded, wake boarded, skied, hiked, cliff jumped, tubed, jet skied, fished (Kadan was fisherman extraordinaire), made bouncy balls, sculpted sand, played cards (of course Holly kicked our tushes), watched fireworks (compliments of crazy Ian and Danny Boy), kicked the boy's rumps in Catch Phrase and ate our hearts out (thanks to Chef Broc). The boys became knee boarding champions (even trying tricks) and the girls would not come off the tubes. I was so thankful that all the kids were safe during this trip -- it is always a little stressful being in the water with kids that do not swim (Bo) but after lots of prayers, cool "Turtle" wristbands that will alarm when wet and very close supervision, we all made it without an incident.