our vacation house tour


This is our third year renting a house through Home Away. When I say "we" just know that I am saying "my parents," to be totally clear. My parents rent it, and my siblings and I and our assorted families tag along for the ride. We always have an amazing time on this trip each year!

This year was our first year that the house just far exceeded our expectations. It was a massive house, with six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, a large dining room and family room, a finished basement with darts and ping pong, a pool table, two kayaks, a paddle boat, a beach and assorted beach toys and a pontoon boat. But there is more! There was a playroom stocked with books and toys, tons of board games, two of the bedrooms had lofts accessible via ladders that the kids went nuts over, an outdoor shower, a stuffed bear, a urinal complete with hilarious wall art, rain shower heads, a fire pit and an outdoor fire place, movies upon movies, a top of the line kitchen, a fountain soda machine. I mean is there more to life? The home owners live in a separate outbuilding during the summer when they rent the property which I thought might be odd having them right there but it turned out wonderfully! They were one step ahead of us coming up with things to do or taking the kids out for tubing on the motor boat or coming down to help us with our fire when the wet logs wouldn't light, to treating us to dessert our final night at the restaurant in the inn they own. I mean really, top of the line, these people.

Anyways so here are some photos of the house and the property. I know they don't do it justice so for more info go here
We couldn't recommend this property more! There isn't a ton to do in the surrounding area so it really just depends what kind of vacation you're looking for. You really don't have to leave the house at all and the town has all you need in the way of a gym/grocery store/liquor store/ice cream place/a few restaurants but after that? Not much. Like I said, depends what floats your pontoon boat. We had a wonderful time. More to come! Naturally.




We are just back from vacation and doing all those post-vacation things one does, you know the drill, 900 loads of laundry and unpacking and the like. Our Sunday was a bit abnormal for us so yeah, I'm slacking and using photos from our trip, but that's okay by me! More on that trip to come don't you fret.
Dominic, age 2 years: Master of the house, keeper of the keys. That's what this photo makes me think of. He thinks of himself as a man in charge and while I try and correct him I know it falls on deaf ears. He will only answer you when he feels like it. He will only eat when he feels like it. He will only speak when he feels like it. He's a real joy to all and I am constantly apologizing for him.... Good thing he's so cute. I'm being sarcastic in case you didn't notice!

David, age 4 years: Vacation was hard for this boy. He's just so very sensitive and well he gets tired so so easily. Early on in the week he would ask to go to bed which is just the very best thing right to hear as a parent (okay maybe not the best but pretty close)? Please put you to bed, oh my pleasure child of mine! I find it so hard to believe that in just a few short weeks he will be turning five. I hope he always loves sleep as much as I do, right? And those cuddles that he gives us before going to bed? Those can stay as long as appropriately accepted. Please and thank you.

Letty, age 6 years: We have been having quite the little movie marathon as of late. After being out late by the fire practically every night on vacation it's been nice for Matt and I (and Letty) to just sit and relax doing our normal night time thing. We watched La La Land Saturday night (I love that movie the more I watch it and I'd fancy Miss Letty finds the singing and dancing and oh so dreamy Mr. Gosling amazing as well). Last night we watched Beauty and the Beast with Nonna in the basement, legit movie viewing experience for sure! Tonight? Rogue One. Maybe eventually I'll put my foot down and suggest to Matt that maybe we get back outside but for now some indoor night time is nice. 

Past weekly shots found here.


when you see a field of flowers, you pull over


I feel like that's a truth that should generally be acknowledged, right? If you see an enormous field full of blooms, you pull over, you just do. I brought the kids here last year peak season I would say but wow, June? June suits this field just right! I wasn't expecting to pass it but on our way to a different summer adventure there it was, all in it's purple glory. My mother wanted to stay in the nice air conditioned car but was easily convinced by her adorable granddaughter that walking through the field was a thing to be done. Just no picking please!

I gave my camera to Letty for a bit here and she is just getting so good!
I'll be back in July. You betcha.


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