So last week I was on vacation. Did you notice I was gone? I had hoped to get a post or two up before leaving, but it was a crazy week leading up to our trip and it just didn’t happen. We set out to the lake for our pseudo-staycation on Thursday (the 3rd) and spent 8 days away. We called it a pseduo-staycation since we were staying at my in-laws’ lake house, which we visit several times a year. And we didn’t do touristy vacation stuff every day and we spent time with family.
We spent a good deal of the 4th wearing sweatshirts. It was chilly! Who’d have thought we would have to remove our sweatshirts to change into bathing suits?
It sounds crazy, but it actually wasn’t too cold to swim. Well, the water temperature and the air temperature were about the same, so there wasn’t a noticeable temperature difference. And the sun was out so that helped. Pumpkin preferred to stay on dry land.
Cupcake was all about the back and forth. In the water. Out of the water. In the water. Out of the water. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. We had the beach to ourselves (we’re apparently the only goofballs willing to take a dip in that weather?) so it was pretty fun.
Because we were in a small town and in the lake region there weren’t any “real” parades going on. We could have drove 20 minutes into town for one, but who wants to make that drive in and then back out again and deal with traffic? Not I! Besides hubby and I had already driven into town earlier in the day to munch on our DiRusso’s sausage sandwich! Luckily the neighbors had a parade of their own!
The neighbors who have golf carts and 4-wheelers decorated their transportation and made their way through the streets waving and tossing candy. The girls loved it! And I loved that we just had to walk to the road!
Pumpkin was fading fast after dinner, so we put her to bed, but Cupcake was all about having more fun! She couldn’t wait for sunset and the festivities that come with the holiday. But first we had to catch fireflies.
She’s really good at catching them herself now. And she is so enthralled with them! She could catch fireflies all day!
Even more fun was had after the sky got dark! I scooped Pumpkin up from her bed and took her down to the boat to watch the sky light up!
We are so lucky that the fireworks show is on the beach directly across the lake from us. We just head down the hill, grab a seat on the boat or dock and enjoy the show. We have a great view with very minimal effort!
Man, that was an eventful day. And it was just the first day of our vacation!
Saturday was family reunion day, so there was a lot of cleaning up, food prep, food eating, family time, a cornhole tournament, games for the kids, Bingo, dessert, naps, chatting, and more swimming. And we passed out after the day was done.
Sunday was the family golf outing. I don’t golf, but hubby does, so it was a girls day at the lake. We went out to breakfast, I went out for a run, we hung out at the lake and we managed to get in a boat ride!
Pumpkin loves to drive the boat. Though I’m not sure who was more excited about the boat ride her or Oscar.
OK, it was definitely Oscar. He sure loves to go boatin’!
Post boating we got the fire going so we could get roasting!
It’s not a vacation without roasting marshmallows! We love s’mores and the girls were so excited to help make them.
Monday was our low-key day to recooperate from the weekend. Of course we spent the morning on the beach.
Unfortunately we were stuck inside the rest of the day due to a storm that rolled through. But we had some fun nonetheless (thanks to the box of toys and the milk crate of books Noni brought out to the house).
On Tuesday the girls stayed with their Noni and hubby and I headed up north for some kid free fun. We started off at Stan Hywet Hall where we somehow managed to dodge the two storms that rolled through first by eating lunch and second by hanging out under a covered patio.
Then it was off to Hoppin’ Frog Brewery.
Hubby liked the beer. I tried the shandy. I’m not a beer person, so it wasn’t my thing, but the food on the other hand was amazing! The guacamole was delish and the jerk chicken tacos were so good! Oh, and the berry quinoa on the side was so good, too. I left that place stuffed! And refreshed because it’s nice to have some me and hubby time.
We spent a good part of Wednesday on the beach.
The girls had fun building sand castles together and I even convinced Pumpkin to get wet.
She wasn’t happy about it, though. Cupcake on the other hand seems to love the water now! She was much braver this year than in the past.
We met Noni for dinner that night and headed to the local park, which has several different carnival rides. Cupcake rode most of them, but Pumpkin got in on the action, too. But only when she could sit really close to someone.
They have airplane rides, car rides, a ferris wheel, a carousel, a train ride, swings and a rollercoaster. Cupcake wanted to try it all! Including the rollercoaster, which we knew she wouldn’t like (she doesn’t like bumpy rides in the car or when you go over 40 miles an hour in the convertible). We tried to talk her out of it, but she was adamant that she wanted to ride it. I’ll spare her the public humiliation, but the look on her face when that coaster came around is priceless! She was terrified. The coaster goes around the track 3 times, but after the first go-around they stopped and let her off. And even gave her a ticket back to use on another ride. And she cried and cried. Luckily a ride on the carousel cheered her right up. The whole way home, though all she could talk about was how much she didn’t like that coaster.
Thursday we headed north again to the Akron Zoo.
The girls had a great time getting up close with the penguins and seeing some of the other animals. The zoo was a great size for us. Not too big, so we really got to see everything we wanted and we didn’t have to spend the entire day there to do it. We also got to visit with some friends who came down to join us. It was great getting the kids together and catching up.
Cupcake was a little disappointed there weren’t any elephants, but I think the touch tank made up for that. She got to touch a starfish and got to see a stingray up close (she could have touched the stingray, too, but she was afraid). We really had a great time and I would highly recommend the Akron Zoo for anyone with small kids. The small size, the easy flow, and the interactive areas made for a great experience.
We got one last dip in the lake on Thursday night before declaring ourselves officially worn out.
Friday morning we packed up the car and headed home. We spent the weekend getting back into our normal routine and getting ready for the fun this week is going to bring (like swimming lessons!).
I’m really glad we decided to vacation at the lake house this year. We had a lot of fun and got to try some new things without spending a ton of money and without needing a vacation after our vacation.
Anyone else vacationing lately?