sunburn sucks and other lessons

By on June 7, 2016

If you know me, you know I don’t sunburn.  I got one on Sunday.  And I’m a total baby about it.

It was 32 degrees so Jenna and I headed to the lake with a giant floatie for some quality time getting our tan on.  We brought the Hawaiian Tropic “sunscreen” to ensure that our faces and chest didn’t burn.  Then promptly laid on our stomachs to tan the backside.

Hot tip-if floating in a busy lake-Head out on a floatie for 2 with your daughter into the middle of a lake, then bring up hotly contested conversation topics.  I know from experience that the people on floaties around you will give you a wide berth.  The funny thing is that we were both so committed to the tanning, that neither of us jumped off the floatie in rage.  We just stayed there, fighting for like 45 minutes.  Then I asked Jenna if she would mind if I just peed on the floatie instead of going in the lake.  That made us laugh.  And I went in the lake.

Jenna had to work, so we cut out early.  Tom was at a kayak class at another lake and I had to pick him up.  I thought it would be a nice surprise to sneak up on Tom on my floatie during his class.  So I parked at the swimmer beach and planned to doggie paddle to the boat beach (about 30 minutes away). All I got was a horrible sunburn.  Tom’s class finished early and he was waiting on the beach.  He wasn’t thrilled to get on my floatie and paddle (without a paddle)another 30 minutes.  He also hoped no one from his class would see him paddling this floatie across the lake.

So as my sunburn starts to fade into a glorious dark brown color, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons.

  1. Fighting with kid in the middle of lake is good
  2. BEFORE fighting with kid, have her apply sunscreen to back.
  3. Get a kayak if you want to paddle for 30 minutes.

I’m still practicing with my go pro so I made another video.  I even videoed parts when Jenna was mad at me and not talking to me anymore.  And Tom paddling us back.  Watch it here:




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    Kim (Lolita)

    June 7, 2016

    Ahaha!! Awesome!

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    June 7, 2016

    The Tom part, LMAO! Thank you. Also, peeing.

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    June 7, 2016

    Haha love it.

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    June 8, 2016

    Looks beautiful out there! Great video!

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    Aunty Sheryl

    June 8, 2016

    Great “bonding time” for all – and look at the special memories made – such a funny story. Good job on the video – love the music ? such a catchy tune.

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    June 8, 2016

    haha! What a fun day – great video!!

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    Auntie Sheila

    June 8, 2016

    Love your new gizmo. This was funny.

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    Karen Olson

    June 19, 2016

    Finally a chance to catch up on your blog. Loved the video.

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    maria marinovic wood

    June 21, 2016

    Awesome! Were you at thetis lake?

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      June 21, 2016

      Thetis with Tom and Durrance with Jenna.


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