We were back last week for a vacation at our favorite lake house, and what a lovely week it was! We kept things simple, and we find that leads to the most fun.
We hadnâ€™t been to Fremont since 2009, and in the meantime, the girls have grown so much — so it was great to enjoy each other without worrying about scheduling mid-day naps or wrangling high chairs. The week began lovely and warm, then turned cooler and rainy — just in time for us, since we were actually ready for a bit of relaxation (and some TLC for Lucy, who was nursing a cold).
Here are some of the highlights:
- a visit to the library, which features a fun play-castle in the children’s department
- painting our fingernails in the fresh air (while Papa took a well-deserved nap)
- running up and down the dock at every opportunity
- after-dinner desserts out on the dock whenever possible
- baking brownies (and being so carefree and not obsessed at all about the lack of vanilla extract)
- an early-morning bike ride to the local airport (though without seeing any planes in flight)
- a minor league baseball game (a first for Rosie)
- playing at the beach on the one warm afternoon (and finding some adorable snail shells)
- buying an assortment of Disney princess coloring and activity books at Wal-Mart, then holing up with them on our rainy afternoons
- a family viewing of Ponyo
- french toast for breakfast one morning
- getting hooked on the Downton Abbey series with Jon, streaming video on his iPad at night (props to our friend Melanie for recommending this great show!)
- a “girls only” return visit to the remarkable petting zoo at Lewis Farm Market — where we got to feed a camel, a zebra, and a variety of hungry goats and donkeys and see the bunnies in their own village!
- a long, solo bike ride for Jon on the Hart-Montague Trail while the girls were at the petting zoo
- Rosie, while eating an ice cream cone from Tiny’s Tasty Treats, spotting a turtle swimming in the Muskegon river
- Jon needing to jump off the dock — twice! — to retrieve items from the lake (a pair of favorite socks and a toy cell phone)
- the girls’ first experience sleeping in bunk beds — a success!
One other element of interest was Lucy’s outbreak of what we believe was Fifth Disease — which basically means we noticed a mottled rash on her cheeks, spreading down her limbs. Once the rash shows up, she is no longer contagious, they say, and it disappeared after a few days. No problem!
Lucy and Rosie are full-fledged fans of the Lake House now. We’re already longing to go back next year! Bye-bye, Mr. Swan!