Morton Family Visit
July 11 - 16, 2019

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This year, several different circumstances combined to make it a perfect time to leave Montana for a week in July and return to Oklahoma for a visit with my family.  I had some serious concerns about whether my Montana-acclimated body could handle a week of mid-July Oklahoma heat.  Thankfully, God knew that I was a big baby and gave them a wonderful cool front while I was there.  He is super nice that way!  We had a great trip in which Mom & Dad spoiled us all for 3 days of lake time and my sister and I enjoyed a concert that was so fun I'll never forget it.  Buddy even enjoyed his daycare place - everyone had fun!   
Record rains resulted in record high flood levels at Lake Tenkiller.  We had to make 
up our own boat ramps because the real ramps were about 13 feet under water.  
Dad doesn't like pictures, so I had to snipe this one of him getting the boat ready to launch. 

There are usually big bluff lines around the lake, but now just the tops are showing. 

  Basketball goal just barely sticking out of the water.  

Science moment - we got to see this freshly-emerged locust on the boat trailer tire.  

  On Saturday our men folk joined us for a full-family day in the water.
Here Eric is ready to take, "Big Bertha/Max Wow" for a spin.  
(We keep calling the tube by the wrong name, it's a family-wide issue.)  
Brodie, using his foot to spray me and Eric Brodie, telling me a whopper of a tale while we ride.  He is a great storyteller. 

Mom, aka MeMaw, looking for boats so that we can hit their wake with the Big Bertha Max Wow.  

Because of the flooding and the cool temps, we had the lake almost completely to ourselves.  
It was the least amount of boat traffic any of us had seen in our lives. Everyone was happy about
this except Brodie, who wanted waves to hit on his Big Bertha Max Wow rides.   

Dad (Keith), making sure those ear plugs are in there nice and deep.    

Here Eric and Brodie use kayaks to check out the playground that is separated from the
rest of the campground by the flooded lake.   

Brodie getting more and more brave with his tricks on the Big Bertha Max Wow. 

Ready for the show to start.  We had awesome seats - 3rd row! 

On Sunday after church, my sister Desirae and I headed to Bentonville to get
our toes done (thanks Mom & Desirae for treating me to mine!) and see the concert.


The Barenaked Ladies were the opening act and they were fantastic.  So funny!  
I didn't know I was a fan until I started checking out their music before the concert.  
I'm a big fan now.  This show was called the "Group Therapy Tour."
Desirae & I with the Barenaked Ladies finale going on behind us.  



 The main event - Hootie & the Blowfish!  

I have been a major fan of theirs from the first.  I've seen them about 6 times live, but this was by far the best.
It was so fun to have my sweet sister there with me, someone who loves them like I do.  

I tried about 12 times to get a shot of us and them in the same frame, but it never worked.
Thank you Desirae for putting up with all my repeated (annoying) attempts! 
They had many cool backdrops, but this was my favorite. Scattered, Smothered, & Covered, right?!!
  Desirae got this great shot of Darius, with Soni in the left side background.  
It was so strange to see Soni with no hair! 
 Another of my 12 attempts to get us and the stage in the same shot.  "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" - I loved this part.  

The big farewell after the encore.  Great concert!  

 Darius singing one of his songs from his solo country career, also very good.   
 The following day, Monday, was our last day at the lake.
 It was also the coolest so Desirae was the only one tough 
 enough to ride the Big Bertha Max Wow with Brodie.  
Big event - Brodie pulled his front tooth!  I was happy to be there with him
for this life event.  A couple of weeks later he lost the other front tooth.  

I'll never forget the first time he found out that he was going to lose his teeth.
My mom mentioned, "When you lose your teeth..." casually to him and he 
freaked out.  "What?  I'm going to lose all my teeth?!!?"  

Me and Brodie, we had a great time hanging out at the lake together. 



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