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Summer Vacation……

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Taking a vacation together this summer isn’t something that is likely to happen for Chris and I due to circumstances with work, but we did manage to get a couple of days off together and are calling it our vacation.

Our vacation started on Monday, which we both had off because it is our Civic Holiday here. We didn’t do much of anything all day but in the evening we took the girls over to Ryan and Whitney’s again for a swim in the pool to cool off. Erika had her friend Emily with her so after a swim we took the two of them to Harveys for dinner while Shana stayed to swim for a bit longer.

Ryan, Shana, Erika and Whitney

Erika trying to put Ryan under…..not very successful…..

Shana and Whitney…….looking like they are plotting someones demise…….

Shana’s turn to try to take Ryan under……





Tuesday morning was our “beach day”. We took Shana to work and then Chris and I, Erika and Emily headed to Grand Bend for a day at the beach in what was forecast to be 30 degree temps. Grand Bend is on Lake Huron and the drive from our place is about 2 hours long. It was already hot when we arrived at 10:30 am so we set up our beach umbrellas, and our lawn chairs and headed to the water.

Heading for the first dip…..

Playing “sticky ball” on the beach…..

Chris and Me…..self portrait……

Ready to go back in with “our” floaties……

So much for “sticky ball” in the water……

Around noon the skies turned cloudy and I’m pretty sure the temperature was not at 30 degrees, which is good I guess, unless you really love the scorching temps, which we don’t. We had a little snack for lunch and then did some more swimming.

The girls clowning around with the broken toys…..


Fred and Harry…….friends on the beach……

The girls decided they wanted ice cream so they took a walk to the little shops just up from the beach area. While they were gone it started to sprinkle so Chris and I started to deflate the tubes and rafts, and get the car packed back up. I’m not really a huge fan of staying at the beach when the clouds are rolling in and a threat of thunder storms are on the way. The girls came back just as we were finishing packing up……great timing on their part. 😛

Our names in the sand…..

Writing in the sand……

It was around 3:30 pm when we headed home from the beach and so we stopped in Stratford “home of the Beib” for some KFC for dinner. We had forgotten that it was tooney Tuesday at KFC……seems like it’s dinner for the pensioners here……The girls didn’t want anything for two reasons…..they aren’t fans of KFC, and they had just finished eating when we left the beach. We sat down to eat and Erika looked around and said, “Did you guys happen to notice that we are the youngest people in this place right now?” It was kind of funny because everyone besides us was over 65……..and yes I could tell by looking. One older couple chose to sit beside us (even though there were so many other empty tables in the place……I’m thinking they might have been regulars and we might have taken their seat, sort of like in church when someone new comes in and picks a seat and gets the evil eye from the regular who normally sits there every Sunday). Erika and Emily were having fun and laughing at just about anything and the older lady beside us looked at her husband ( I assume it was her husband) and said “I sure don’t appreciate sitting next to these young kids.”  Wow, really?? I respect my elders but seriously?…….you chose to sit here, we were already eating when you came in! We suggested that the girls take their “laughter” outside and the lady said “Good, now they can go laugh all they want!” I am going to make it a point as I get older to try very hard to remember what it was like to be young and not make those kinds of comments.

All in all it was a great day at the beach with my husband and the girls…….very relaxing and even though it was quite cloudy we all managed to get a little bit of a sun burn.

Wednesday was our last day of vacation together. We took Shana to work and then sat around all morning. I played on my laptop and Chris played on his X-Box. We fit doing a little laundry in there as well, because…….well, laundry always needs to be done. We cooked a roast for dinner and ended our little summer vacation with a trip to London for Erika’s soccer game. The outcome was a 2-1 win which put Erika’s team back in first place again…..for now.

Erika and Aubrey coming out of the net after Aubrey’s 2nd goal of the game….

It was a great couple of days……I can’t believe vacation is over already…… seemed so short! 🙂 Here’s hoping we can take a few more days off together in the fall……but for now, back to work tomorrow!

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