Sure we have been away as a family once already this summer, but it wasn’t really as family vacation as we were volunteering at a summer camp. Finally the week came for our family vacation. We stuffed the car full, installed the new car seat, and hit the road early one morning to get to family camp.
Its become a bit of a tradition for my side of the family to rent a Girl Guide camp in Kelowna, sure we’ve missed the odd summer because there have been no dates available. But still, this is always a memory-making vacation when it does happen. This time we had our little one to join in the fun, what a different experience.
Sure its not camping in the true sense, it works though. Especially when you have a little one who is on bottles. Everyone got their own rooms in the dorm building, our little family got the big room that had whales painted on the walls. Little goober did not nap the whole drive there, so after a four hour drive, and a visit to her Grandparents in Kelowna, she was an exhausted grumpy butt.
First order of things was to unpack as fast as possible and get her down for a nap. Everly had other plans. She refused to nap, as soon as we put her in the packnplay she was moving and upset. We dont blame her, it was a new place, and hot! Thankfully she finally settled into her Daddy’s arms and just crashed for a good hour or more. The bonus was Daddy got a nap in too. Thus began the routine of not wanting a nap all week, she’d only sleep in our arms. Thankfully Jason figured out she would sleep in the stroller so all naps were spent in the stroller the rest of the week which was fine with us. She was happy and cozy in there.
We got to enjoy summer this past week. S’mores were had (even with a camp fire ban, thats what the oven is for, right?), boat rides, sun burns, baseball games, many card games played, lots of swimming.
Best of all was how much love was heaped on Everly. I fear she may go through some with drawl of all the attention. She is so loved by so many. This was the best part, family.
All of it just reminds me of memories I have growing up, soon Everly will be making her own memories, for now this will be one we keep for her always and get to tell her all about and show her photos of.
Oh, and Everly loved being on the boat. She was so happy there, several times it would rock her to sleep and she’d nap for a few minutes. The on going comment all week was that she should go for a tube ride. The last evening after dinner, we took her out. It was the slowest ride ever, but she loved it. My Aunt has photos and video of the ride I’ll have to get my hands on. Everly also tried two other new things. She figured out how to pull herself up on things, and she also attempted to try to stand on her own, thankfully she chickened out of that after realizing she would topple over when she lifted her second hand off the ground. We may have an early walker, we’ll see how determined she is.
Hope everyone else has been enjoying their summer. We were actually very happy to have some cool weather, and rain at the start of today. We’re ready for fall now.