Trying to cool off under Pop's Hat.
She loved it!
Lake Table Rock
In Branson, we always play on the lake. Here is Camden trying on her new life jacket.
Holding the orange flag to let the other boaters know we are pulling skiers (a VERY important job).
Jay and I wake boarding together. When we got home from Branson, the O's bought me my own board. I think they felt sorry for me after watching me board on Jay's for the past three years. I LOVE it! It is so much easier boarding and jumping on a board made for someone my size!
Jay and Cam playing in the water.
The O's on the Sea Doo.
On our last day on the lake (with only about an hour left of skiing), we drove over something under water and busted a prop. The prop on the left is what the prop is supposed to look like and the prop on the right is the one we busted. Notice, no blades are attached.
Since the boat wasn't working, Camden had to find ways to occupy her time. She decided to play with her diving sticks and pool toys and do some swinging (picture above~look closely...she is hanging...her feet are off the ground). This is her favorite thing to do...I think we might have a future gymnast on our hands. She is strong and can hang for a while.
After the prop was fixed, Jay decided to get in some last minute boarding and jumps while we headed back in.
Destin, FLCamden and Lila building sand castles.
Cam working on her surfing skills! The next Coppertone Baby!
I think she was amazed of how far the ocean stretches.
Jay buried under tons of sand. I thought he looked like he was extremely pregnant!
Sharing apples with Lila was one of Cam's favorite things on the beach. Lila would take a bite (to get rid of the skin) and then Camden would take a bite...then Lila...then Camden.
Telling me shhh because the lady next to us was asleep. She said this every time she saw someone laying out.
Cam's little cabana on the beach.
Some how we spent a whole week on the beach without managing to take one family beach picture. I did however get one of two of my favorite people.Sharing kisses with Daddy out on the pier.
One of her favorite things right now is "sippin" from our drinks. She points to our drinks and says, "I wanna sip please!" Hard to deny her when she is being so polite :) Here she is enjoying Daddy's sweet tea...one of her faves!
Camden and Lila hanging out on the pier outside of AJ's.
The best picture I could get of the two busy bodies.
I wish you could see the background of this picture better. We were standing out on the end of a pier with beautiful boats behind us. The water was so calm that the lights seemed to be dancing across the water.
Jay and I waiting for the swing to start rotating.
We are now at the top. This ride was so scary...I was soothed by the fact that Jay was screaming just as loud as I was :) I had to ride it twice...once with Jay and then again with Melissa. I had no voice left after two rides of screaming my head off.
Family picture in Sand Destin.
Our "Destin group" posing for our traditional group picture in Sand Destin.
The Ocheskey girls hanging by the fountain.
Jay and I have very few pcitures of just the two of us...it is like I feel bad when I don't put Camden in the picture. Here are the two of us in Sand Destin listening to the live music.
Cam relaxing after a shopping trip.
Camden and Jay playing at the pool while I relaxed back in the room.
Waiting for the fireworks to start.
Finally the fireworks start! We were so close. It felt like the were firing them right beside us.
Unfortunantly she wasn't a huge fan. Notice the ugly bruise on her cheek. This happened while trying to wait patiently for fireworks... she fell face first on some brick steps. We were VERY lucky it didn't cut her cheek open.
Jay tring to tell the fireworks that they were too loud, but that didn't work...
So the rest of the time we sat like this. No, she is not asleep...just trying to block out the loud BOOM!
PANAMA CITY BEACH
Our hotel in Panama City
Sharing her first Smoothie King with Daddy.
If she doesn't turn out to be an Olympic gymnast, she might give swimming a try. She definitly looks the part.
Camden and I out front of Five Guys. Those of you who know me well, know that I LOVE hamburgers and french fries. Five Guys had one of the best hamburgers I've ever eaten!!!
One of the nights we were in Panama City, we decided to head back into Destin and go eat at Fudpuckers. I was super excited because we got to meet my family for dinner. Whenever we are with the Mavs, we are always garanteed great pics, because Cheryl is there snapping away. Here is one of my favorites of Camden on the playground at Fudpuckers.
Peeking to make sure Gram is still watching.
Another favorite. Camden was cracking up about something.
The MAV kidos, minus two. (We love and miss you Coby and Cory!!) Randi, Camden, Cameron and me.
I love this picture! My two favorite Cams. Big Cam and Lil Cam checking out the aligators at Fudpuckers.
Cameron trying to get Cam to sit on the big aligator. She would have NONE of it!
We decided to start slow. She was slowly warming up to the gators.
She loved getting to hold the baby gator. I was more nervous then she was.
After Fudpuckers, we all decided to head over to The Track. We love to race go carts, play miniture golf and much more. This year, Randi, Mel and I decided we wanted to ride the Sky Coaster.
Getting last second instructions. Notice how tight we are gripping each other's arms.
At the top...trying to act brave, and laughing hysterically.
My dad looking worried that his girls might not make it through this!
ATLANTA, GADying in the Georgia heat and watching Cam play baseball. This was the only day we saw the sun. The rest of the time it rained cats and dogs.
One night, we went bowling. I haven't been bowling in forever. This was Camden's first time. She had a blast. She loved helping out and playing with all the colorful balls.
Rolling the ball together.
Celebrating our STRIKE!
Helping me bowl. The sad thing is I did better when I was holding her hand or when she was on my hip. It helped me from following through across my body.
Two of my favorite girls.
Collecting rocks to put in her pockets.
Camden playing with "her bat". She would swing the stick and then take off running in no particular direction. When she would reach the base (in her mind), she would stop and plop on her bottom and yell "safe." Is it obvious that she come from a family full of baseball players?
Taking a nap in between games.
I love this sweet little face!
Talking about Cam hitting the ball. She is always very observant and always has something to say.
Waiting for Cam to come out of the dugout.
We enjoyed getting to watch Cam play baseball. Baseball comes so natural to my brothers...not only do the have the skills and great talent, but they all have the knowledge. That is something that can't be taught... it is just a second nature that flows from their brain. It is just natural.
Camden and Randi weren't always totally into the game.
We spent a lot of time watching baseball, but we spent even more time in the car due to rain. Many of the games were either canceled or postponed due to solid week of rain. No worried though... we always had lots of fun while chillin' in the car. And yes we traveled hillbilly style. Since Camden and I were unexpected travelers, there were only 2 seats in the van (yes 2 seats for 4 kidos). Since one had to have Camden's carseat in it, that only left one seat for the other three. So, we got the bright idea to put up a lawn chair so that only one of us had to ride on the floor or cooler. Everytime we would stop, we got some serious looks.
After a long day of baseball and chillin' in the car waiting out the rain, we decided to grab chicken and head back to the hotel to just relax, watch tv and play some cards. This was the world's coolest Kentucky Fried Chicken. The mouth of the chicken opened and closed and the eye went in circles. I took video of it, but Jay made so much fun of me that I decided not to post it (if you look at the mouth in the two pictures, you can tell that it is in different spots.)
After watching an episode of America's Next Top Model, we were inspired by the action shots that the models took and decided to try some of our own. A little bit harder when using a self timer.
One night we went to Dave & Busters. We had a BLAST. Here are the girls celebrating after hitting the jackpot on one of the games.
The Cams riding a Harley.
After another rained out day of baseball, we headed to Marietta, GA to eat at the world famous Marietta Diner. This diner is owned by a Greek family and was featured on one of our favorite Food Network shows. It did not disappoint! We enjoyed Greek salads, spanikopita, pasta, baklava and much more.
Camden eating spanakopita for the first time. She loved it! I was so proud to see some of her Greek roots shining through!
My little all American girl!
Thank you for those of who stuck it out through this insanely, long post. I am so thankful for my family, friends and the summers that we are blessed with each year!