3 08/20/2012 life Seasons

Annual Adventure

Last Wednesday Sean and I loaded up our van, threw in the kids and headed up towards Ottawa. This was the second year in a row that we made the trek to visit Sean’s family at their cottage/home on Mississippi Lake.

We had the best time and the only thing to put a damper on the trip was another effing raccoon.
This happened last year.
This year I was pissed.
I found this cooler bag at Winners and I loved it so much that I bought one for Cuyler’s teacher as a year end gift.
(And you know that because I got it at Winners, I will never find another one like it)
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The bag was left on the deck with all of the other coolers our first night. When I came out for juice boxes the next morning I found it shredded.
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A damn raccoon had opened it up and ripped it apart. But not before it ripped open 6 juice boxes and polished off an entire TEN DOLLAR bag of gluten free pretzels!
I was so bothered every time I looked at my beautiful bag.
Sean knows how much I love the bag and – bless him – he insisted we keep it so he could duct tape it and make it good as new (ew).
It still bugs me. God I loved that bag…It’s just a bag and I know better than to sweat the small stuff. I wasn’t going to let my wrecked bag ruin my getaway.

we spent time on the boat

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they all went tubing and Cam did some water skiing (Cuyler tried unsuccessfully)

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we played soccer with cousins

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and games on the deck with cousins

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we he drank wine. (and beer. and ceasars)

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we roasted wieners and marshmallows

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and so much more…
I’ve never had easier bedtimes with all 3 kids.
Fun and fresh air had them crashed out cold by 9:30 each night.We got home on the weekend and as I unpacked the van I realized that there is only two more weeks left of summer vacation! We’re almost there people – almost there!

I can’t think of a better way to start the wind down than they way we did.
(With the exception of my damn cooler bag…)

 

  • Sara

    goddamn raccoons – eating Will’s tomatoes and now your cooler bag. Looks like an awesome trip!

  • Tracey

    Ack. Sorry about your cooler bag, babe – I understand attachments to these awesome finds… that’s a stone drag. But? You will find another one – you may not love it as much, but it will do the job, and you will learn to like it. (and it will come from Sinners, so a deal is a deal.)
    Looks like a wonderful time away… an excellent start to the wind-down indeed! xox

  • Julie

    we started ours with a broken drivers side mirror thanks to a very inconsiderate cyclist. but, i figured if that was the worst thing that happens to us in the next two weeks, i’ll take it!
    it was and we had a great time :-)

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