Lake Powell

My, my, my, why don’t y’all come with us to Lake Powell next trip? Powell is God’s way of making up to the 4-corner states for being landlocked.

A million visitors a year and still we can find our own private lagoon.

The bigger picture…

Of course, if you do want to hang with us keep in mind that our toilet is a bucket, the eight-man tent is a bit tight, our shade shelter consists of mismatched poles, two ropes and a blue tarp and I usually forget to pack spoons, plates, water and more than two towels.

You’ll see a lot of muscle flexing.

My own personal muscle man.

Why do I let her in these pictures?

Oh yeah, that’s why!

Are you OK with Gabe driving the boat?

No, no, he’s being supervised.

And now he’s experienced enough to teach Miss Mary to drive.

Ben backflipping off the bow.
Playing the tube game.

Bailing out. Um, yeah, I cracked a rib or two doing this.

Sleeping beauties.

Everyone fights over the cot. It’s the one cool, comfortable place to sleep.

Gabriel saw little need to leave the campsite. He alternated between playing Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Narnia.

And yes, the stick came home with us.

Miss M takes digging quite seriously, “If you want me to like you, stay away from my sandcastles!”

Now, I’ve seen and heard those sweet mommas who make sandwiches and say, “Oh you kids waterski; I’m happy watching you.”

But from me you are more likely to hear:

“Me first while the water is good!”

“Hey, make Hans drop. I see some nice water up ahead.”

“I’ll take another turn, you all look too tired.”

We bought the boat less than a year ago so everyone is in the learning stage. But the boys are catching the fever so my days of being a selfish waterskier are numbered.

Xanderman went from, “I don’t want to get in. I’m afraid the fish will bite my toes.” to “My turn, me again!” in less than a day.

Gabe and Mary called Lucy the kitty every day to check on her(many thanks to Grandma Zoe for spoiling her while we were away).

Despite our vigilant sunscreen efforts, cute Hansie got fried.

The best part of a vacation is the time. Time that you don’t keep track of by a watch; time to just laugh and play and tell silly stories and listen to music and just love being together.

So who wants to come along? We’re headed back sometime in July. You might want to bring your own towel and change of underwear.

June 18, 2008



  1. Linkous

    June 23, 2008

    You guys are so awesome! We love your taste and flare for adventure and totally agree that it doesn’t matter where you are, what you have or how prepared if you have eachother, the rest takes care of itself. Although extra underwear could come in handy 🙂 Looks like you had a blast! Such a great example of family fun and love!

  2. Kim

    June 23, 2008

    That looks like SO MUCH FUN! The pic of the boys flexing their muscles is hilarious! What a gorgeous spot! My girls would love it there!

  3. Tracey

    June 23, 2008

    Wow, that looks like an awesome time! We’d love to join you, I even have a tent we could bring.

  4. Blue

    June 23, 2008

    I’ve always wanted to go to Lake Powell. Maybe next year it’ll be just the ticket 🙂 them was some fun foto mems!

  5. jess

    June 23, 2008

    oh man am i jealous!! i loooooove lake powell! and up until a few weeks ago, we were planning on going in august with the inlaws- unfortunately we realized that 10-ish hours in the car with the little one didn’t really sound like a vacation. 🙁 maybe next year.

  6. Brett Nielson

    June 23, 2008


    Looks like you had an awesmoe time. There’s only one thing missing. I didn’t even see one picture of the kid’s Mom!

  7. Claudia

    June 23, 2008

    Looks like a little bit of heaven on earth! Hangin for a week with your “half naked boys”, as Joseph sees it, might be a little more than these girls can handle;) Love you girl. Talk to you soon!

    BTW, anxious to hear what you thought about Orson Scott Card’s article last Wed. It’s all the rage these days.

  8. Michelle

    June 23, 2008

    You’re right Brett– I’ll get some pictures of me in there next time. That will really put my photoshop skills to the test.

    And Claudia– I love OSC’s article!

  9. Melinda

    June 23, 2008

    There is nothing better than spending time as a family. I love these kinds of trips. I’m with Xan man, I think the fishies will bite my toes so I never get in.

  10. Shannon&Eli

    June 23, 2008

    how fun…i hope one day to be able to do that!!!

  11. Glazier5

    June 24, 2008

    Oh it looks like so much fun! I think the last time I went to Lake Powell may have been with you after high school graduation…just a few years ago! 🙂

  12. Jan Russell

    June 24, 2008

    CUTE pictures, so much fun! I totally wish I could go to Lake P. – I’m always seeing pictures in my scrapbook magazines!

  13. katherine

    June 25, 2008

    That sounds so much fun! I love boating!!!!

  14. StubbyDog

    June 27, 2008

    Ohhhh…I miss Powell. We went several times when we lived in Denver…what an amazing place. Your family is so cute, Michelle.

  15. Christie

    June 27, 2008

    We were down there Saturday and Sunday – same as you? HOW FUNNY! Probably passed you on our boat! Small, small world. It was lovely those days, no?

  16. Melissa

    June 28, 2008

    The ‘lots of muscle flexing’ picture made me laugh out loud! Your family is magazine-gorgeous. Such a fun family outing.

  17. Bonnie

    July 5, 2008

    I’ll come with you next time!!!

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