Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Houseboating on Lake Powell

Houseboating on Lake Powell was unforgettable!! And all thanks to our friend/new-found distant relative Steve Smoot :) He was so generous to let us all stay on his beautiful house boat, and was such a great host!!
We were right on the water...which was surprisingly warm! (or cool as opposed to the frigid that I was prepared for) Some of the highlights were:
being in our swimsuits all day,
taking naps with our little boy,
kayaking in the bright sun,
sleeping under the stars every night,
Brooks playing with his little buddies Samson, Aven, and baby Rayce,
going down the water slide off the back of the houseboat,
eating AMAZING food (example: fresh fish tacos) and way too much of it all week,
jet skiing (my first time!),
Alla's 23rd birthday celebration!,
boating/tubing/wake boarding/wake surfing,
cliff jumping,
the girls shaving our legs by the water's edge,
painting pretty toes,
learning to paddle board,
and best of all...enjoying time with great family and friends!!

Most of these photos we took with Adam's iphone :) And a few are from our sister in-law's stellar camera, thanks Becca!
(yes those are my legs dangling at the top of this picture...HA! Funnest tube ride ever!)
I took all these fun photos for the sake of printing this blog into a book :)
But I also got lots of fun video that I put together with music and I'm excited to share it tomorrow!


Katie said...


there are too many things i am LOVING in this post. to name a few:

- um, yeah got arms!
inspiring me for sure!
- your bathing suits are
ridiculously cute!
- tubing picture is AMAZING but i
have to ask, how was the landing?
- you guys live in such a beautiful
place..really need to visit out
there soon!
- brooks bottom, just too cute!
- that boat..WOW!
- the picture of the three
babies..yep, makes me want one

thank you for sharing--looks like it was an absolute blast and such an amazing trip!

thatjordangirl said...

Looks like it was a great time! I am excited for the videos :].

vintch said...

what a FUN trip! goodness, where to start! i LOVE all your pictures and that houseboat? phenomenal! so glad you took a bunch of pics so we could live vicariously:)

have a beautiful week!

Jenna said...

Awww - these pics are so great! Especially the one with your legs dangling - that must have been one huge bump!

And brooks is too cute - espeically with his two other playmates!


Megan and Justin said...

wow I am SO jealous!!! I am seriously dying over that picture of the three little boys. You're so lucky that Brooks has friends/cousins or whatever to grow up with! so fun! My family is going to lake Havasu for a week and Justin and I can't go because we're in school right now! booo :( looks like you guys had so much fun!! can't wait to see the video!

aaronandjenniferkartchner said...

You have such a fun life!! I love seeing you happy through your blog!!! What a great family you married into!!! and i love the picture of the three little boys!! So cute!!

Chelsea said...

how fun! Great pictures!

Nicole Marie said...

lake vacations are the best

Unknown said...

Holy Moly! What an AMAZING trip! I've always DREAMED of staying on a house boat! I can't imagine a better vacay! I love the photo of all you guys painting your nails, and the one of everyone jumping off the rock...and ALL OF THEM!

Courtney B said...

Loooooooooove the pictures!! Looks like you guys had the best time EVER!
I love the tubing picture!! So crazy and scary haha!
You truly have the cutest family ever!

Our Little Bubble said...

looks like an amazing vacation at a wonderful peaceful place! very cool pics!!

Amy {The Idea Room} said...

I love Lake Powell! Looks like you had a great time! Such fun pictures! And the food...looks amazing. I am sure Mama Kjar had something to do with that! Seriously...the tube? Yikes! Did you get a landing picture too? haha!

kylee said...

HOLY COW! that tube picture is inssaaaane. sure hope you got video of that! looks like you guys had a great trip!

Alli said...

I can't imagine a weekend ON the water much less a life like that but I would LOVE it! What an amazing photo-filled post. I started making a mental note at the beginning to see which photos I liked best but ended up with too many!

What different scenery too. I'm surrounded by green in Virginia and you have all that beautiful exposed rock!

Hannah said...

gosh i am sooo terrified of tubing! i remember one time seriously flying in the air after hitting a wave...and then feeling half dead when i hit the water! looks like you had such a fun trip though :) brooks is too cute for words!

madison kate said...

it looks fantastic!!! wow. you all had a gorgeous view & the photos are amazing. your fam is too cute. you inspire me. c:

Bri!!! said...

Oh how I love Brooks bottom! Amen to all Katie said.

It was so nice to actually meet you in real life. I wish we could have spent more time with you and your family. I'm sure we will be seeing you again soon though! You got some amazing pictures. Loved the 3 babes sleeping!

Shay said...

Well, I admit it- I went to your youtube page cause the other video wasnt playing an already watched the Lake Powell video. Please forgive, I had to ha! LOVED IT! I am so jealous!

And that picture of you flying out of the tube needs FRAMED- it is PRICELESS!

Eva Marie said...

Love this post and everything about it. Your pictures capture your trip wonderfully!! Wish I was there

and his bum????? LOVE IT

Ashley said...

i love all of your pictures! the lake is always such a blast!

Carolee Beckham said...

<3 lake powell!!! :)

Caitlin Alexander said...

I love these all so much! Your family is precious. And it's sweet to see how much you all just LOVE being together. Have a great day Haley! :)

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Seriously? I want to do, like, every single thing that you enjoyed on this trip. Everything sounds so absolutely amazing and fun and enjoyable...I bet you 3 didn't stop smiling once! WOW! This is just one amazing adventure...printing the blog into a book is a magnificent idea (i've been planning to do the same thing!) My favorite picture of all is the one of you in black holding little B with your long pretty hair and the gorgeous water behind you. PERFECT!!

"Hermana Kjar" said...

Haley honey!! That looks so fun!! I loved the pics, thanks for sharing. I'm sure it was so fun to play with Brookes and all the other babies as well. I wish I could have been there!! Your arms are almost as big as Adam's (muscular-wise of course). You are amazing!! I hope you have fun in Washington, tell Kersie hi for me!!

Unknown said... i really hope you let me in on your amazing toned arm secret! but really what is your secret? ;)

your trip looked like heaven and i love seeing people in love with life and each other!

thanks for sharing:)


You Are My Fave said...

I can't believe I've never been to Lake Powell. It looks amazing. Yay for summer and fun vacations!

Nell said...

Such a great post, way too many awesome things to comment on. But as always, you guys are the cutest. And a book would be so great with these snaps.

Hope you all had a fab weekend hun xx

Hannah S said...

We LOVE Lake P. Such a magical place for Tyler and I. It's Samuel's ultimate vacation bcse he loves fishing, esp with his Papa.

How did you survive that landing though? Ouch.

And I have to ask....what was your menu that week? Can you email me the food (not the recipes)? We usually go all out too. We'll go in August this year. And that houseboat is nice....way nicer than our ghetto old one.

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