You have all been patiently waiting for holiday details and pictures -- so here they come.
The beginning of our holidays started off with a 2 night camping trip with Les' parents and one sister. Now, even though I have a very strong dislike for camping, this was probably my favorite camping weekend to date (and not because of the rest of the family that was missing...in fact, that would've been the one thing that could've made it even better).
But rather, it was because the conditions were all in my favour. First of all, it was a cloudy, cool weekend. Not cold, but not scorching hot like it had been lately. In fact, I was in pants and a sweater all weekend.
Secondly, there were next to no mosquitos. Seriously! I think I had maybe 2 buzz by my ear sitting around the fire at nights, but that's it! There were a few dozen too many fish flies -- but no mosquitos!!
The third factor which made things a lot more comfortable for me was that I didn't have to sleep in a tent!! Les' aunt & uncle have their big camper parked in the site right next to his parents, and they weren't using it while we were there, so I had permission to sleep in it (along with Les' sister). Which means -- I had a comfortable bed, a flushing toilet within 5 steps of my bed, AND I didn't have to worry about the girls during the night. Although the girls were hardly any trouble either night. They were so excited to sleep in the tent...in fact, they were so excited the first night that they were asking to go to bed!! That is unheard of!!
How could I not enjoy a camping trip like that?
Despite the cooler weather (and off-again-on-again rain), and no cousins to play together with the girls, we all managed to find things to do.
There was fishing to do, movies to watch, books to read, meals to enjoy, fires to sit beside....
It was an incredibly relaxing few days
And I was once again proud (and impressed) of Joelle's creativity and imagination, for even when a lot of kids would've been bored with not much to do out there with the weather conditions, Joelle kept herself -- and anybody else who would participate with her -- very occupied by running a store.
This was surely the highlight of her weekend, as she c-o-n-t-i-n-u-a-l-l-y begged for people to come shop at her store. She would slide open the window to take our order, and then pass us the items before closing up shop again. Over. And over. And over again.
If someone would've played with her the entire time, I'm sure that's all she would've needed to do!
And then before we knew it, it was time to pack up and head home. I was surprised at how quickly the time passed and how much I genuinely enjoyed my time doing something I generally strongly dislike. But now came the part that I knew I would not genuinely enjoy...
Laundry, unpacking and re-packing for summer holidays: Part II. Stay tuned...