After our Montana misadventure earlier this summer, I made the executive decision to cancel our long-planned family vacation to Seattle. We decided to head some place closer to home. Joe and I calculated exactly how much of Henry's crying I could tolerate, taking into account how long it would take for my mother-in-law to come rescue us should we run out of gas on the side of the road, and decided to take a little family vacation in Winchester. We reserved a suite at the Winchester Lake Lodge, loaded up our new canoe, headed off for family-bonding and memory-making.
"SCRATCH MY BACK! SCRATCH MY BACK!" I lay down beside her and scratch her back.
"I WANT TO SLEEP WITH MY DADDY!"
So, I stop rubbing her back and Joe trades me spots. The second--the very second--I move, ND yells "I WANT MAMA!! I WANT MAMA!"
You just can't win. I'm sure the other lodge guests hated us.
One morning after a long, long night, I looked at Joe and said, "Do you think the other guests think we're beating her when she loud cries like that?"
Joe looked at me for a minute and replied, "Either that...or that we're not beating her enough."
Wait. What? You bought a canoe?
Why, yes. Yes, we did. We've wanted a canoe for awhile and have tried to curtail our hobbies to ones that 1) promote family togetherness and 2) encourage physical activity. So, when Joe found this canoe, he thought it would be perfect. The lady selling the canoe was the manager of the REI in Spokane and mentioned how much she loved taking her kids out on the canoe.
We got all swept in the romance of canoeing and family togetherness...and momentarily forgot that we have three kids who are 5 and under.
Since our kids can't yet a) swim, b) paddle and c) follow instruction (at least, that's how I felt at this point in the vacation!), Joe took the big ones one at a time out on Winchester Lake while I stayed on the shore with the other big kid and Henry.
|Fishing. No luck but we had a good time.|
|The canoe was a big hit!|
|I got a little quiet time on the lake by myself. Paddling made my arms quite tired--I guess I don't have very good form yet.|
|Natalie practiced some paddling.|
|Joe & I became very adept at lashing the canoe to the top of the Pilot. We loaded all 3 kids in the car on this particular evening and Sam got ahold of the camera.|
|We all needed our morning coffee on vacation.|
(You hear that, children? That means NO DISNEYLAND until you sleep through the night or stop crying in the carseat).