Monday, September 19, 2011

Family Vacation

We had wood floors installed in our upstairs hallway and the stairs refinished which meant we had to be out of the house for a week. First we thought about a trip to Nebraska but had been back twice recently and I wasn't up for the drive. I was craving some family time away from our house and our never ending to do list. So, we started checking out rentals cabins on the lake around here. Then Shawn came home and announced that the perfect place for us to stay fell in his lap. The CEO of his company offered for us to stay at his cottage in Wisconsin. The drive was four hours, but for a nice place to stay for free we gladly accepted! It could not have been more perfect. The house was beautiful and they have five kids so it is family friendly. We had the best time soaking up the last bits of summer. We had a movie night, played at the park, swam, ate out, ate in, had s'mores, read, went on a boat road, played board games and tennis and overall relaxed. The trip left me dreaming of a second home, which is hilarious considering we have just started making a dent in our first. Ha!

The boy room sleeps four and my boys were thrilled to play on the top bunks every moment we were inside. The second day we were there I heard an unusual cry out of Micah so I ran up to check on him. He was dangling from the top bunk. Good thing he is a strong kid.
The boys were big fans of the jetted bathtub. Multiple hour plus baths and the cutest rosy cheeks to follow.
A park for the neighborhood couldn't have been better suited for our construction workers, Martin and Douglas. They were building me a new house the whole week. One morning Noah was hauling "concrete and bricks" up the ladder and asked if I was okay with Restoration Hardware bricks. He later said that they ran out and would Walgreens bricks be okay. I think he's been to Walgreens once in his life. Love that kid. :)
As usual Celia spent most of her outside time snuggled up.
Ken and Sue Clark have the cottage next door and were the sweetest couple and our boys adored them, especially Noah. They took us for a boat road, Mr. Clark showed Noah how to fish with a net and oatmeal flakes, and they helped us get prepared after a storm left us without water and electricity for a day and a half.
The trip was exactly what we needed. Sigh.


  1. It does sound the perfect getaway! Glad you had some downtime. I'm still smiling about the Restoration Hardware bricks ;)

  2. How lovely. That house looks awesome and perfect for you guys (also, free - sweet!) It's clear from the photos that you had a really great few days away. I crack up about the Martin and Douglas stories and find it necessary to re-read them on occasion.