"Jesus promised his disciples three things...
that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble."
- G.K. Chesterton
I'm not sure if this is what Our Lord had in mind.
Last month my husband saw an article in the newspaper about this little town in the middle of nowhere Washington State called Soap Lake. Basically, it's a town that was built around a lake long known for it's mud and mineral water. You're supposed to dig down to the thick mud in the lake and cover yourself in it. You let it bake on you in the sun. Then wash it off with the mineral lake water. It's supposed to be very good for you and tons of older Russian ladies love it. Also, the town is thinking about installing a huge lava lamp to attract visitors.
My husband brought home the article and put it on the table in front of me. "We should go. It would be fun."
"Yes. It would be fun. Before we die, we should go."
"Yes. We should go while it's warm."
That was about 4 weeks ago. We just got back yesterday. And it *was* fun. It was a little crazy, but perfect. It was still warm (82!), plus, it turns out the lake is great for kids because it's only about 1 1/2 feet deep for as far as any kid (or adult) wants to walk. It also means that the water itself is warm which works for getting the mud off. By the end, we were driving back with a screaming 3 month old, sleeping 4 year old, and a smiling 2 year old with 2 lollipops (one in her mouth, one stuck in her hair) and we couldn't have been happier. Except the 3 month old, but he calmed down after a bit.
Really - it was just a great thing to do with my husband and small kids. And older Russian ladies.
No word on the lava lamp.