Sunday, 19 August 2012

Their first, very own vacation

Little Miss C and Little Mr P came with us to the lake for their very first vacation without Mum or Dad along. They were very excited to drive up to the lake with us, sans Mummy or Daddy. It is a good 4 or 4 1/2 hour drive so we had the portable DVD players set up to help them pass the time.  Thank goodness they are used to travelling, so that part went smoothly.

We had a couple of discussions beforehand to help dispel any concerns about activities, sleeping arrangements, etc. They had a really good grasp of exactly how many days and nights till Aunty and Mummy came up to join us for the weekend and eventually drive them back home.

DH was worried that they would be homesick...especially Mr P as he just turned 4 this spring. He need not have worried...they were happy, excited, and eager to start the adventures. Just in case they had a teary moment, I got my daughter to write them 4 little letters. Each morning we read them aloud. Those little notes were treasured and were fondly read and reread.

To take the pressure off deciding what to do each day, we took a huge handful of popsicle sticks and everyone chose an activity to write on them. Every morning we each got to choose one activity and that gave us 4 adventures for the day. Some were the bumper poats or the arcade games

Arcade games are fun cuz you can win some little wee tickets that buy you some whoppee cushions! 

Others were outings to play  family bingo at the clubhouse or attend the ice cream social.

Others were simple like a walk to the pool or the playground.

What fun they had anticipating which one they would choose! We left the chosen sticks out on the bar counter to remind us all day. Some days we had to choose more after lunch...oh, the excitement!

Little Miss C wrote make cards on a couple of the sticks so we had 2 intense card making sessions and she churned out 20 more little quickie thank you cards for her stash. Here is a little sneak peek...she will show the rest of her stash on her own blog later this week. (when poor Grandma is rested enough to catch up 2 blogs)!

Miss C's favourite activity:
and the flip side for Little Mr P.
Mr P spent his beloved gravel time outside, carving and digging roads (for his trucks) out of the gravel driveway. He even managed to dig a little lake and float a wee boat in it. Thank goodness Grandpa had the hose out!

It was easy on vacation cto make everything an adventure. Even taking out the garbage became exciting...Little Miss C  would run to tag along...well, bike along actually. Soon as she saw that garbage bag being tied up, she would ran and get her helmet on and tag along to the garbage bin. If you took the "long" route there and back, it was 4 blocks. Mind you, 4 RV resort blocks, which are not all that long. After the first trip, she came bursting into the RV and announced, Grandma, Grandma, I rode 4 whole blocks and didn't have to stop once to steady myself!!! Her face was beaming!  She still has training wheels but doesn't get a lot of chance to practice riding her bike at home as they live in a hilly area.

Finally, like all vacations, it started to come to an end.  Mum and Auntie came to stay a couple of days and then headed home with the kids quite content that their vacation was done and dusted. I could not resist this picture of their shoes at the RV steps...Glamour Girl doesn't make it up to the RV very often and so I wanted to immortalize this wonderful family visit!
.  teehee...I just noticed all the girls shoes are on the left and guys on the right!!!

Finally...a little peek of the beach, the lake and Copper Island.

It was a wonderful week but no time for writing any new posts. I will just have to catch up now that we have all returned home.


debby4000 said...

What a perfect week, sounds like everyone had a great time.

Pam said...

This is the sweetest post! I wanna go camping with you! Sounds like tons of fun! And Miss C makes some awesome cards! Great job!

jo said...

Sounds like you had a fab, fun time and it looks like a gorgeous place too!
Hugs Jo x

Johanna said...

Those pictures are awesome!!! And beautiful card :)

Tammy said...

Looks like a super fun week! Great photos. :)

Madeline said...

Looks like a great time was had by all. Those bumper boats look like so much fun!

505whimsygirl said...

What a great vacation! I like the idea of writing on sticks what you plan to do. (Especially since I'm a visual person.)

The card is very cute!


April Michelle said...

The place looks really fun and relaxing. It looks like everyone had a great time.

Glenda Atkins said...

Wow, it looks fabulous what a great place to vacations with little ones!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

What a fun time for all of you!
Love thr popsicle stick idea :)

scrappyjen said...

What a great memory. I love the playpark - my boys would love it there. I like the lolly sticks idea. Hope you find time to scrap them all! Jenx

Laura said...

Sounds like a wonderful week. The kids will have wonderful memories!

Fleursbydesign said...

Sounds like a nice time, the Popsicle sticks are a great idea to keep the kids entertained

Shelby said...

What a fun time! I love the Popsicle stick idea...I may have to give that one a go some day. Have a blast.


Joann Burton said...

Looks fun to me. They are so cute...joann sassy raggedy

Tracy said...

Such a special time spent with your grand children. So much for them to do with you, they must have had a blast. Your grandson would love to go to work in the gravel pit with my hubby, teehee

Stacey Merrill said...

The activities on sticks idea is brilliant - will be sure to try. Looks like a great vacation