Okay, so that is not officially the name of the boat - but it's what I named it and since Ben hasn't come up with anything better (I mean, is there?), it is what I will call it until he does decide on something. It sounds so beautiful, doesn't it?! :)
So our first boating day was on Saturday. Ben had taken it out a couple weeks ago, but did not have enough time to even get the sails up (they just motored it about). So yesterday Ben took a friend and our two boys and headed out in the morning. The girls and I met them after lunch - after Ben had gotten some experience under his feet sailing the boat. Smart, aren't we girls? :)
We had some good wind for the first 45 minutes. We had a couple of scary tilting episodes that really scared Emmy and just scared the rest of us. I'm not a fan of tilting - aiyiyi. Luckily we did not tip over and all survived. After an hour or so it was time for Ben's mandatory "jump-in-the-water-for-experience" lesson. We felt the kids should jump in so if they ever fall out, they would kind of know what to do. The water was FREEZING. And it was a little nerve-wracking for the kids to jump in the middle of a lake (for Ben and I, too!). (I actually just lowered Lucy down towards Ben.) We so wish we would have gotten pictures of the kids - pretty much sheer terror on their faces. :) But they - we - all did it!
Then we enjoyed a special snack on the boat - pringles, watermelon, and super-cool specialy sodas that our hardware store sells. We got flavors like Key Lime, Shirley Temple, Parrot Punch, etc.
Then we tried sailing again - and only got a little bit of wind a little bit of the time. But I think Ben really enjoyed finally getting out and sailing! The rest of us did have fun, too! It was a good - albeit long and tiring - day.
And one video, which you can't hear all of due to the wind: