“Shhhh! Do you hear that?” I asked.
My three children paused their whining, squabbling and pestering for a blissful second.
“What?” one of them asked.
“The quiet. Do you hear the quiet?”
Then the teenager put her headphones back on, the youngest one made a fart joke and the middle one rolled her eyes. That’s how our weekend at Cabin On Blake Too began.
But a funny thing happened over the next forty-eight hours. The headphones got stuffed into a backpack, the eye rolls took a break and the fart jokes, well, the fart jokes didn’t change. He’s eight, come on!
As we snuggled on the couch, drank hot chocolate with marshmallows AND chocolate syrup and broke out some of the games the kids received for Christmas, we joked, laughed, and made some authentic family memories. We thought we’d get out and explore the parks and recreation opportunities around the area or at least check out some of the cute shops or restaurants or wineries.
But the kids loved walking out on the frozen lake and peering into the holes in the ice we’d watched a guy drill that morning. They enjoyed finding tracks in the snow and trying to figure out which animal had visited the night before. They invented silly games and pulled out the army men and spent hours keeping each other amused, giving hubby and me some much needed peace and relative quiet. So we stayed in and spent the weekend snug and warm in our jammies. Because, hey, we could!
Sadly, it seemed like just when we started to relax and really enjoy ourselves it was time to pack up and head home. So our family learned two major things from our time spent on Big Blake Lake this past weekend.
Number one… we need to take time out of our busy schedules, sports practices, gymnastics classes, meetings, ski club, work, etc. to reconnect. We’re worth it, our family is worth it, and we need to just carve out the time and make it happen.
Number two… next time we’ll book at least one more day!
Thanks Caarin and Joe for sharing your little slice of paradise with those of us who don’t yet have our own!