Lake Barkley Lodge Gets My Vote

April 11, 2008 at 9:17 pm 6 comments

Lake Barkley Lodge:  This is just part of my family journal.  I plan to print the blog off at some point to keep some of these posts, so bear with me.  If you don’t like the family stuff, just breeze to another great blog in the sidebar today!

Despite lots of activity in our 2 day outting, the pace was actually very slow with naps and nice recovery periods.  Lots of “nature” with spring on the verge of bursting, lots of walking, only a few times in some rain.  God is good. 

Oops!  Guess I missed a picture rotation there at the end and it’s too hard to go back now!  (But, WordPress uploaded 51 pics in less than 5 minutes and I was able to  “insert gallery” with one click…a two second deal…LOVIN’ THAT!  PTL!  Great tool, WordPress!)

The one big “light” pic? Goldilocks self portrait of herself in the mirror.  She really lights up, don’t you think?  She laughed and giggled at that for a long time.

We saw Bison, Elk, Ducks, Geese, A Turtle, A squirrel eating nuts, Lizards, and Chicken Nuggets (wait, who said that one!?  Dad!)

Goldilocks also took pics of me finishing a sketch.  I was working Day 1 of Chris Dennis’s Book “In This Communion” this AM very early and he asked us to write feelings/prayers.  I decided a photo wasn’t suiting “slow”, and I wasn’t in the mood for words; a feeble attempt at an old love of sketching, “slow time” to just enjoy God and relish.  I tried to sketch the things I was drinking in.  I doubt I’ll forget them now.  So great to have a devotional written to encourage “slow time” with God.  I need to get into that book.  Didn’t have my Bible handy, but SLOW was what I needed this morning–enjoy God slowly.  Yoga is doing that for me as well.  Slow.  Breath deep.  Relax.  Very useful in a hectic life.   Took a class shortly after this AM and LOVED it.  My first yoga-stretch class.  SO fun.

The lady teaching had a long white ponytail and biceps to die for.  I want to be like her when I grow up.

My daughter took pics of me finishing the sketch later in the day…love those. 

We also learned to play “Pickleball”  We even won the championship against another family with kids older than ours!

We worked on a few tennis fundamentals with the kids.

We tried our new kite; the wind was too gusty (it whapped Mommy in the head endlessly, much to the delight of the Fam!)

Boy Wonder learned Raquetball and LOVED it.

Red remembered to swim without floaties.  Yeah!

Taught Golilocks to knit this week.  She and I both worked on this washcloth in down times, almost done!

We got in a Sauna for the first time.  Dry HEAT  (230 degrees!)

The kids took about 15 stuffed animals (I did not know this).  They fill a 3 drawer dresser with them, spacing them all out like they were in “beds”.  SO cute!

Goldi got fruit loops at breakfast and was dying to make a necklace.  She made it and ate them all day today.  We are easy to entertain at times!

Red dropped a 45 pound weight on his foot while rolling it.  He very well may lose his big toenail.  The older ladies in the caf gave us ice, and offered their sweater when he got cold.  He said, “How come everyone is treating me so special?”

Today, only 8 yr. olds and up were supposed to get to shoot the bows, but “Nick”, the rec guy called him over and fixed up a special left-handed bow for him, having met him yesterday and worked on him with some tennis fundamentals.

Nick did a test with him in front of us and said he was “right eye dominate”.   Both boys bat/throw equally well with both hands…that may explain some things!  Wow.   

Lots of memories…very fun.  And they have the highest quality bed linens of any hotel I’ve EVER been in…EVER!



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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dori  |  April 12, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Awwwww….loved these pictures because WE WERE JUST THERE 3 weeks ago!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Lake Barkley and we are going back the day after Thanksgiving for a few days. Care to join us??? 🙂

    Blessings, friend!

  • 2. graceisenough  |  April 12, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Looks like you all had a great time. Sometimes the greatest vacations are the short, quickie ones. Good times are much deserved!

  • 3. Stacey  |  April 12, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Wow! I didn’t know they have all of those activities there! We’ll have to check it out sometime. We usually just ride on the boat over, look around and go back. Looks like a wonderful way to spend part of spring break!

    Weird glitch in wordpress… when reading your post in the blog surfer, I see MY gallery instead of yours. Freaked me out at first but when I click through to your post I see your pictures.

  • 4. "Maggie"  |  April 12, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Ooops, Dori…I just deleted your comment, but I did read it first! SO sorry! Can’t get used to all these new buttons at times! Yikes!


  • 5. Cindy  |  April 12, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Looks like you had a good time. I am sooo ready to get out of this office for a while.

  • 6. Theresa  |  April 12, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Trish took Jackson with some friends of theirs to Lake Barkley this week too, must be “the” new spot. They had a good time too.

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