We celebrated our first anniversary (January 26) over Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend by staying at my grandparent’s timeshare in Okoboji, IA. We spent many weekends at this resort throughout my childhood. Less and less as we got older and involved in things at school or responsibilities at our jobs. We visited there maybe once since I’ve went to college. When we were younger, we stayed in the A-frame cabins. As we got older, we started staying in what I would describe as 8-plexes in a way. These were built within the last ten years and were really nice. We stayed in an A-frame this time. I guess I assumed that the cabins had the same updates, but we found out they really didn’t. In fact, it wasn’t a guarantee that we’d have a DVD player. Apparently, they’ve been switching out the VCRs as they break. (We brought our own, but didn’t need to use it, as we got a cabin with a DVD player…phew!)
Even though not much had changed in the cabins, or the resort as a whole, it was a really great weekend. We had planned to do it sometime around Thanksgiving, and after having the miscarriage, we really needed something to look forward to and to get away from everyone for a while. (Literally. The only internet access was in the lobby, which was quite a ways away from the cabins.) I showed Miles around and told him stories about certain places we’d see. Most of my memories were at the pool. Mom, remember when Marissa almost drowned when she was like three because she fell off the steps she was playing on? Glad that man came to her rescue. Looking at the hot tub, I remembered all those times I really wanted to sit in it, but I was too young (you had to be like 14 to sit in the hot tub). Still, I never have sat in it.
Also, it was on the way to Okoboji that I learned how to pronounce “apostrophe”. My friend, Kyra, came with us that weekend because it was my birthday and my celebration was bringing a friend along. We were in third grade and in the van, we were asking eachother questions from those Brain Quiz things (is that what they’re called?) But she was smarter than me, and had the 4th grader version, so the questions were a bit tougher. I was asking her where the apostrophe goes in a particular word and I pronounced it appa-straw-phee. She corrected me. I felt foolish and scared of 4th grade. But never again did I mispronounce that word!
There isn’t much to do in Okoboji in the off-season. But, some camp friends were getting together for a game night that weekend, so we spent an evening playing games. We watched a lot of TV shows and just hung out together. It was fun. Though if we return, we’d likely go back in the spring when things are a little more happening.
Pictures (and a video) can be found on Miles’s Flickr set, 1st Anniversary.