Vacation, Strike that Family Vacation – A Whole New Meaning

Here I am sitting in front of a peaceful, quiet lake. It’s beautiful. It’s refreshing. There is no rush to go anywhere, no real ‘need’ to do anything. You can sit for hours and read, or knit or just stare off in to the beauty that lays before you. You can have a delicious non-alcoholic beer and the world is just as it should be. Ahh yes, the sense of vacation.

“Mommy!!!! Mommy!!!! Mommy!!!!”

Right, I am a parent. Vacation has a completely different meaning now. You nap when they nap because you were up MUCH earlier then usual because well hey, why not, you’re vacation. She wanted to see if she could wake up earlier than the sun. Plus side, you get a nap before lunch time.

Don’t get me wrong. We a great couple days camping, or should I say glamping. My husband, daughter and I got away to my parents property on the lake for a couple days. Beautiful weather and an absolutely breath taking lake to swim in.

Keeping a toddler entertained while glamping has it’s challenges. They can’t swim alone because well, they can’t swim. Can’t play outside alone because well, there is way to many things they could get into trouble with. Fire pits. Hoses. Bees nest. Pulling someone else flowers and giving them to Mommy as a present. Vacation has a whole new meaning. Dora puzzle book was our saving grace to just sit down for 20 minutes or so.

Did I mention that I am 6 months pregnant as well? No, I didn’t sleep in a tent, remember I said glamping. I slept in a bed (thank goodness) but it was so quiet at night. All I heard was my husband snoring and my child breathing. Running after your child, yelling “Put the goose poop down!” Not exactly my idea of fun. It’s very difficult to run with a basketball attached to you.

I’m not saying this all in a negative light. Don’t get me wrong. We had a blast. It is just very different than what we’re or I am use to.

Vacation with no kids: to get away. To relax and recuperate. Drink your face off. Lay in the sun. Read an entire book. Do as you please at your rate.

Vacation with a toddler: rest up before you go, you’re going to need it.

I am very thrilled with myself that we came home on the Saturday, rather than the Sunday. Oh my goodness the laundry! Unreal. We were gone for 5 days. Plus, my daughter always naps much better in her bed (I get at least 2-3 hour nap out of her).

Some of awesome highlights from our vacation.

**Scarlett ‘jumped’ off the dock and ‘swam’ to the floating dock. So proud of my little girl.

**Soccer was so much fun! Then we combined it with blowing bubbles while making sure the ball didn’t get to far. I got blow the bubbles (it was windy, I just held up the wand).

**It rained one day, when the rain was light or stopped all together, we would gear up and see how far we could get before the rain started again. I’d like to say, we did pretty darn good. Only had a soaking wet dog once.

**Slept in a ‘big girl’ bed for nap times. She wanted to snuggle Mommy. I would lay with her until she fell asleep and then read my book. The Book Thief – excellent book, excellent.

Yes, vacations are very different now. They aren’t so much getting away to relax as they are to get away and make new memories. Your child (or children) to have new experiences. What they like and what they don’t like.

Kids need these experiences. Though the no TV on demand is hard to explain to a two year old. Yes, I brought my laptop with me and if she is lucky when ew’re at home, she gets to watch Dora or Bubble Guppies on it but to get her to understand that we don’t have internet or WiFi… it’s easier to say, ‘Sorry hunny, it’s broken’.

Maybe Mommy and Daddy will have to go on a vacation without the wee ones (in 2-3 years) and compare notes. Hmm I think I may be onto something here…

Check out all the fun we had!

Welcome to Lake Cowichan.

Welcome to Lake Cowichan.

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I love this place. I've been coming here since I was 10 years old. It's my paradise <3

I love this place. I’ve been coming here since I was 10 years old. It’s my paradise ❤

I love how clear and beautiful the water is first thing in the morning

I love how clear and beautiful the water is first thing in the morning

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Yes folks thats me!

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Brave girl going swimming. Once she got the hang of jumping in, she just kept going.

Brave girl going swimming. Once she got the hang of jumping in, she just kept going.

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Rainy day colouring

Rainy day colouring

My Mum made me a birthday cake while we were camping.  It was delicious!!!

My Mum made me a birthday cake while we were camping.
It was delicious!!!

Scarlett thought I needed a little extra something in my drink

Scarlett thought I needed a little extra something in my drink

We had a moment together between swimming & bubbles & running &, etc..

We had a moment together between swimming & bubbles & running &, etc..

Camping is tough work.

Camping is tough work.

xoxo Ashley

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