…and we’re “hot-tubbers” once again!

Well… the new hot tub arrived and we got it set in place. Everything fit perfectly and it’s huge. After the tub was placed, Nathan and his crew finished the privacy fence – and then we started filling the tub. The kids were all so excited they wanted to get in as soon as it was filled. We told them the water was really cold but they insisted they didn’t care (Missouri spring water is 56 degrees year-round). So, of course they got in… with Bella screaming “Ouch. Ouch. It’s colder ‘n ice!” After 4 or 5 minutes, they decided to get out and wait till the water warmed up a bit 🙂
Some things about the new deck. Unlike our Northland hot tub, we don’t enter the deck through the house. We walk up five steps and enter it from outside. We put a thumbprint-reader lock on it and all the guys’ thumbprints have been entered into the system. Dub is the only one of the kids who has thumbprint access and that’s because he cleans it and checks/adjusts the chemicals every day. Jim, Carol, Scott, Denise and Nathan also have thumbprint access.
Alex recommended lightweight concrete deck flooring tiles and we’re really happy we used them. Ben and I were tired of sanding and re-staining the wood decking every year in K.C. We’ll still need to stain the cedar fencing… but can’t do that till the wood is thoroughly dry – probably about 90 days.
Anyway, the kids are all spending tonight over at Denise and Scott’s place at “Koala cove”. They’re excited about the “sleepover” and the gang is excited about mixing up some margaritas and heading to the hot tub – pipes in hand. I’m sure we’ll give it a good and proper christening 🙂

Hand prints

I ran across a self-pic on-line of a dude in a jockstrap (pic #1) and went “WHOA”!!! I showed it to David and he said “WHOA, indeed”!!! I thought it needed to be posted, so I started looking for pics. We haven’t done a “jockstraps” post since December 2018, and no “G-rated” posts since July, 2017, so this theme came to mind. I realize it won’t appeal to everyone, but it sure does it for me – and David says he likes it too. 🙂


So much to tell you. As soon as we moved to the lake, we started planning the new deck and hot tub. Alex had done sketches and we were excited. As it happened, Alex has an Amish crew that’s doing all the carpentry on the Koala cove villas, and they were waiting on materials he’d ordered. So he said we could use them to build our deck and privacy fencing if we wanted. We for sure did… so they started on the Tuesday before the 4th of July weekend. They took Saturday and Sunday off and were back at it on the next Monday. There are five of them and they’re the most talented carpenters we’ve ever see. They’re led by “Brother Nathan” who’s 26 and is “drop-dead gorgeous” (in a married, Amish, hands-off” sort of way). Dub thinks Nathan is awesome and told us he asked him if he needed a helper. Nathan asked him if he was a carpenter and Dub told him “No. but I can be if you teach me.” So he’s been helping Nathan every afternoon. Alex told us Nathan is crazy about kids and confided in him that he and his wife have been trying to get pregnant for over a year. He’s a really good guy and we’re hoping it’ll happen for them soon.
Our new 10-person hot tub is a “Hydropool” built in Canada. It’s been ordered for almost two weeks and will be here on Friday. It’s bigger than the hot tub in K.C.
but we won’t have trouble filling it with bodies (pics #49 through #52).
Ty and Damien told us there wasn’t any need for us to pay for water and electricity because they had plenty from their spring and solar panels. The crew has run water and electrical lines to our deck and it’ll be cool having free water and electricity.
The crew has built the deck using the specs provided by Hydropool so it’ll be ready when the hot tub arrives. They poured a concrete pad under the deck to support the tub and Dub said Nathan told him he should put his hand prints in the concrete. So Dub did that and wrote his name under them with a stick. When he was finished, he said “Now you, Nathan.” Nathan said he just laughed and said “No, not me. I’m just a carpenter.” He said Dub looked him in the eyes and said “Naw. You’re the best carpenter ever and my friend so you need to put your handprints next to mine.” So, Dub and Nathan’s handprints are in the concrete under the deck but no one will see them. Dub says “it doesn’t matter because we’re friends and we know they’re there.”

Let’s take this party to the hot tub!

David and I think our hot tub in one of our best investments. Dub loves it and it’s fun and relaxing. Of course, when Dub isn’t around…
As for pics #07 and #08 – we normally hate photoshopped pics and try never to post them. This, however, seemed like an excusable exception:)