Our summer getaway

Happy Tuesday all. I wanted to write and share what Paul and I did last weekend. We rented a cabin for the summer on a nice little lake near us. Not 15 minutes away but while there, you feel away. Like you were on a trip. We used to have a cabin on this same lake. We shared it with Paul’s 4 siblings until just a few years ago. It’s not a very big place but it will sure suit us fine. Our neighbors, Sean and Vicki also rented the one right next to us over there and along with their kids; we should have a very fun summer.

I did get an Internet hook up from Sprint and will have it there but I don’t plan to blog everyday anymore. At least for now. I don’t think many of us are doing it every day anymore anyhow. I guess I have the thought, if I do I do and if I don’t, I don’t. So I wanted you to know what was up if you came and saw the same thing as the day before.

Here are some cute pics of the new place. I have hundred of photos already but I’ll spare you all of them. The header with the three kids was also taken there.

I’ll post more photos from time to time. We are very happy to have found this new place to go for day trips or for overnight. It’s just what I needed to get rid of this  claustrophobia I’ve been feeling with not being able to be outside. It’s just what the doctor ordered.

Laura is on vacation this week so this is the “sit down and have a seat” post (I know, how dare she take a vacation!!!). Feel free to talk about what moves you. Keep in nice and respectful.

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18 Responses to Our summer getaway

  1. SKL says:

    Wow, I see what you mean about Trinity growing. I know that’s not what this post was about, but wow. In the other group pictures I’ve seen with her, she seemed petite and I’d wondered if Christopher would outgrow her soon. No longer. Isn’t it amazing how kids will sprout like that?

    Very cute little cabin! I love the idea of a getaway that is easy to get to. I could do that “mentally” but not physically. My yard has a jacuzzi in an enclosure, and a screened gazebo at the top of the hill, and sometimes I go for a “hike” out back, down the ravine, just far enough so I can pretend I’m somewhere else. But ultimately I have to come back to reality all too soon.

    So this is the fireside chat post . . . usually I am bursting with some news or vents or deep thoughts, but right now, I don’t have much. After surviving the “big deadline” last week, we are back to working the usual 7-day weeks, and I’m actually working a little better than usual, probably because most of my usual blog stops are not very active. I got back to reading Rush’s archives. I heard he just got married, so I guess he’ll take some time off and give me time to catch up.

    My kids continue with their daycare year-round, so we don’t have any big transitions to plan for. I am planning to sign them up for swimming lessons if I can get them in this summer. This will be their first experience with a pool, so it should be interesting.

    Today the kids had some sort of physical testing through their “stretch & grow” coach. Not surprisingly, the note on A said she was awesome, advanced for her age, etc. While the note for E said she’s “doing better,” LOL. Frankly, I’m glad if there is an area where A can run circles around E, because it’s usually the other way around.

    Last week we used our family zoo membership a couple of times. Thanks, Aunt J! It is nice to be leisurely about it, knowing that if we don’t get to everything today, we can always come back next weekend. The zoos nowadays are so much nicer than they were when I was a kid. They really try to make the area like the actual habitat. So you feel like you are somewhere far away – and it’s always nice to have a little escape, even if it’s only in your mind! Right?

    This coming Friday, we’re driving to DC. We will be meeting some folks there, hanging out around the mall on Saturday, and driving home Sunday. I think it will be fun to show the kids the major monuments and the Smithsonian. Though I didn’t find the Smithsonian that impressive when I went – albeit that was 20 years ago. What was cool 20 years ago was that we were able to tour the White House with no big fancy production. Just show up and stand in line. Now, you can’t even see the White House with all the barricades around it. Well anyhoo, I always liked hanging out in DC. I have fond memories of when I was dating a guy who lived there. Maybe it wasn’t so much the dating as the escaping my everyday life. (I’m noticing a recurring theme here . . . .)

    Oh well, I suppose I had better get back to work. I hope everyone is off to a great week!

  2. SKL says:

    Wow, my previous post was really long! So much for not having a lot to say!

  3. Ellen says:

    I wish you and Paul a wonderful time there! It is like it should be, a little cabin, in the woods, so very intimate and relaxed. I bet the air smells wonderful there! Have a wonderful time there!

  4. I think your cabin get-away is lovely!

  5. mssc54 says:

    Life long memories being made this summer. 🙂

  6. Laura says:

    I’m also at a cabin getaway this week, which is why I’ve been so bloomin’ quiet! I’ve already got some good pictures, which I’ll post when I get home… after this weekend!

    Josh has already caught his first Northern Pike, and his first SECOND Northern Pike! He was thrilled! He also caught his first Bluegill ever, and a Largemouth Bass. He’s working on a Perch. The only of the fish he caught that wasn’t a “keeper” was the Bass, and that’s because we’re in a “slot” – the part of the season where Bass are off-limits for keeping so they can grow longer and spawn better. Bass are strictly catch-and-release up here until the end of June. Too bad, because Largemouth Bass are my favorite eatin’ fish. But the Northern are tasty, too.

    So that tells y’all that I’m at a lake, too. My favorite place to go, bar none. Northern Wisconsin. Woods everywhere, Loon calls are your dinner music (at 9:30 pm because you’ve spent the dinner hours out on the lake), and Whippoorwills sing you to sleep. Ahhh, bliss.

    More later. Maybe. Gotta go hit the lake, now.

  7. starlaschat says:

    Seeing the pictures of the new Summer cabin just made me melt. How wonderful. I hope you really have a great Summer with the family, how could you not? Feel free to post lots of pictures I want to see them all. ;+) No problem here you post when you feel like it and I’ll come over to visit.;+) I may have to cut back myself because of my back. It’s hard for me to sit for much time with out hurting. Not really sure how to remedy it. ;+/ so frustrating. Summer cabins, I think that it really is the best parts of Life.

    • starlaschat says:

      I just looked out my window and noticed a little baby seller Jay waddling in my garden. How funny, it so small and so cute. The mother is the one, who gave the cat all the grief when the cat was stuck in the tree.

  8. Sue says:

    Well, I have to say from experience, the cabin is awesome!!! The kids have had so much fun already! They’ve started fishing and they both love it. I’m glad too b/c it’s something I did with my dad and always had fun.

    I worked all weekend so I didn’t do anything fun except come home to a messy house! Oh wait, that’s not fun. So, after I get off of this thing, I will be cleaning. I’ve already started laundry so at least I’m accomplishing something. Trinity is at school for a few hours doing A.L.A and what that stands for I can’t remember! It’s a service learning group that meets all summer long and they do leadership activities, science stuff, math/reading skills and a few other things. She was excited to go, but I’m not so excited to get up on my days off to have her there by 8am. Today we got there at 9. I’ll do better next time! Yes SKL, Trin is getting big and she’s looking more like a young lady than a girl so…sniff sniff! She also started piano lessons yesterday and practiced non stop last night.

    Christopher is doing rookie ball and that started last night also. There are A LOT of kids in this section so the coach has his work cut out for him, but he did a great job. Chris seemed to have fun and is excited to go again today, but it’s currently pouring outside so hopefully it clears by this evening.

    What else? We leave for vacation on Sunday and we are all thrilled! This time next week we’ll be looking at Mount Rushmore and swimming in a hot spring, exploring caves and digging for dinosaur bones! Yippy! Ok, I’ve rambled enough 😉

  9. Nikki says:

    What a great thing. Every kid should fish! Bailey has been fishing since he was probably 4 or 5. He caught his first bass when he was about 5. I have the picture still. He can’t wait to get back out to the cabin and fish, and now he’ll have Trin and Christopher to fish with!

    We had an amazing weekend. Bailey had a baseball tournament. I’ll write more about that in my Thursday post. Trying to play catch up on sleep was difficult, I’m still feeling it.

    We hope to have nice weather and make it out to the cabin sometime this weekend.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!~~~~because of this cabin we will surly have a wonderful summer and great memories to cherish forever!

  10. Joy Beaujolie says:

    Hello Joy,
    Your cabin is wonderful. I could live like that every day of the year and not miss the hustle and bustle of “normal” life. Being lulled to sleep by the lapping of water on a lake shore is my all time favorite way to drift off. Hearing the birds sing, and the other wild critters enjoy just being alive gives me the peace I crave. And your grandkids will remember this wonderful summer for the rest of their lives! Thank you so much for your posts, I really look forward to reading them. I am so glad that I stumbled onto your site. Life is often tough for most of us, but you bring happiness and “Joy” to my day, so thank you…Look for another long letter in your email soon too 🙂

  11. DM says:

    love the pictures. Especially the one w/ the grandkids on the swing. Love the new look of the blog- I’ve also noticed an ebb and flow to peoples blogging- both those that write as well as those who just stop by to comment. I think having the internet installed in the cabin is a good back up if things get quiet.

    • Joy says:

      Thanks DM. You know what’s the best thing about that picture of the kids on the swing? It wasn’t “set up.” They just ran to it and got on. I took roughly 6 and this was the best one.

      What do you mean by “ebb and flow?” Do you mean there’s less commenting now?

      • DM says:

        ebb and flow….I’ve observed on my blog things tend to quiet down in the summer months then pick back up as we get into the winter…it has happened every year I blog…both the number of comments as well as my own motivation to write.

  12. lucy says:

    Wow.. this looks beautiful!!! Its sounds (and looks) like you are going to have many fun days there!!

    I’m leaving on a trip today for my friends wedding and won’t be back until Monday…. I’m very excited to go somewhere else for a while and get away from work (which has been crazy!!).

  13. sweetiegirlz says:

    This looks like a wonderful place to hang out during the summer. Very cozy! I LOVE the picture of your children in the header. You are blessed to be able to get away even if it’s down the road a bit. :0)

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