of course, i dreamt of all the posts my lovely vacation to northern Canada would make and then i would sit a minute too long in the within the windy lakeside resort and do one of many things we often do at evergreen resort ...take a lovely nap, play freeze ball, shuffleboard, or just hang with the family, or eat yet another canadian kit kat (they are the best. with more chocolate than the American ones and a tad melted from sitting behind the un-air conditioned sheet of glass in the candy shop...they are a polleti family favorite). mostly though, my time is
taken by doing things like this with my babies...
evergreen is place my family and i have been going for 22 years. the same families go every year which it makes it a special place where have watched our friends grow and have families of their own.
the smell of the lake and the sound our tires make from rolling onto the dirt roads after we drive through sauble beach and into evergreen...it awakens our senses and we are immediately thrown back to our childhoods where we played for hours on the bruce peninsula while our parents watched us from the comforts of their lawn chairs on the beach.
we all stay in cabins that pretty much look exactly the same as they did twenty years ago. no air or TV, just the wilderness and the...dinner bell. it rings at precisely at 8am for breakfast, 12:30 for lunch and 6pm for dinner. everyone stops what they are doing and they go running for the lodge where we all sit at the same tables that we sat in years ago. i often describe evergreen as dirty dancing without the dirty dancing complete with a talent show at the end of the week!
i have so many photos to post from our summer here, so i decided i would do a few posts a week for the next couple of weeks to catch up.
i walked into costco last week and my breath caught in my chest when i saw hundreds of fall wreaths for sale...be still my heart...FALL IS ON IT'S WAY and i can not wait!
next week i will make my way to yankee to pick up a few fall scented candles, to publix for their cinnamon scented brooms and colorful gourds, and to joann fabrics for silk leaves! the kids and i will collect pine cones and twigs and decorate our tables and hutches.
i will make a pot of chili a week and attempt to not burn pumpkin seeds. yes, people...it's almost here and i couldn't be more excited.
peyton and beckham have started talking about costumes. so far, and this is subject to change numerous times before october 31st, peyton wants to be a witch (and a mermaid) and beckham wants to be spiderman (i also heard iron man mentioned). we have so much to look forward to.
it's this time of year that i feel so grown-up and capable of running this little family i am blessed to call my own. so head on over to your nearest costco or craft store and get your fall wreath ready to hang over your door. throw in some fall scents and a few candles and you are officially ready to tackle the autumn season.
hint: if it's not cold where you live, for example florida, i will give you my little trick for faking your way into a chilly day of fall lovin' in the coming posts. i mean seriously, it's not like it's even really that close to fall. what kind of crazy person would blog so early about fall when summer's not yet over?!
a few photos from the lake we love so much with the people i love the most in this world...
we collect rocks and wood. crab claws and sand too.
when we aren't jumping from the highest, most fun sand pile in the world while in our pajamas,
we are playing simon says and what time is it, mr. wolf?
and my baby girl who is starting kinder in a couple of weeks. i almost can't talk about it because it makes me want to cry. cry tears of pride and happiness as well as those of loss. loss of that little baby i brought home almost six years ago. the safety and contentment of knowing i would have her all to myself until she started school. well, the time has come and my stomach is in knots and tears flow out of now where as i write even these few sentences.
watching her interact with others when she doesn't know i am watching fills me with more love and pride for her than she will ever really know until she has her own little one.
i love her so much and truly feel so lucky that she is my baby girl. i got my girl and now i have to let her go just a tad more than i want to this year.
our baby. our first. our little peyton mae. our sweetheart. you're growing up. we love you and are so very proud of the woman we know you will be.
on a funny note, we were in costco last week and she said, "mama, come here! i want to show you the ring i want beckham to get me when
we get married!"
oh, the girl chose a princess cut stone set in a simple tiffany setting of white gold. she does have good taste even if marrying her
brother is not the most popular choice for a husband! ha. love her sense of humor.
***and to end this post...i have good news, better news, and not-so-good news. good news is, i promise to post the giveaway on the next post. the better news is, we are having another giveaway the week of the 20th and i am super excited about it! so we have TWO giveaways coming up.
the not-so-good-news, i was supposed to have the giveaway details up today and i'm a loser. no excuse. if you're sad...check out the good news above, lol!
here's to new backpacks and freshly sharpened pencils, cheers!