Saturday, July 16, 2011

Summer Road Trips & Days at the Lake

This past Sunday I took a 2 hour road trip to attend a trade show in a small town just outside of Saskatoon. The show itself wasn't particularly exciting and my sales were shitty, but it was time for ME and I thoroughly enjoyed that part of it. 

I think it was the drive to and from the event that I enjoyed the most. Being in the car alone is therapeutic for me. There's nobody whining at me, I can blast music as loud as I want, I can cry or talk to myself...its wonderful. :)

I snapped this picture on the way home. I have a fascination with power poles for some reason - particularly these ones:

Taken on the outskirts of Saskatoon.
We've spent quite a few afternoons out at the lake. The kids usually swim for 2-3 hours while I sit by the pool trying to get a tan. So far all I've succeeded in doing is getting more freckles :)

Sitting by the pool is nice, but I want to get in the water too! :) I plan on jumping in there with the kids as soon as my bathing suit arrives. I ordered myself one online the other day. That saves me the horror & sobbing of trying them on in a change room under fluorescent lights. If you're a woman, you know exactly what I'm talking about and how scary that is :/  I picked a bathing suit that is cute, but hides all the scary parts. I hope. (Which reminds me, I better get back on my elliptical soon. I've spent too many evenings lounging on the couch, eating m&m's and watching 30 Rock reruns. It may catch up to me soon ;)

I addition to doing wild things like buying bathing suits, I also got a cute little sundress a couple weeks ago. I can't believe I've gone ALL these hot summers without owning a dress. Have I been crazy?? Yes, yes I have. Wearing a dress feels SO amazing. I think I  need more so I have one for every day of the week. :)

My one year old self totally had the right idea - eating watermelon while wearing a sundress. I need to consult with her more often I think ;)

After the kids have exhausted themselves with swimming, we wander over to the actual beach area, spread out a blanket and have a little picnic. I usually pack PB&J sandwiches, potato chips and iced tea.

As a special treat, we sometimes get Slush Puppies too. Seamus cutely refers to them as 'dog smoothies' :)
The girls got new goggles and were so excited to try them out. Catie wears hers around the house sometimes just to liven up the day.

In all the times we've been out to the beach, I've maybe only seen a couple kids swimming in the actual lake. Sure, the water isn't perfectly clear and there's a bit of seaweed hanging around - but so what? When I was a little girl, I would spend my entire day in the water and on the beach building sand castles and looking for pretty rocks and shells. Kids these days seem to prefer concrete and chlorine.

I had to explain to my kids that it's really OKAY to be wet and have sand on your feet. That's what the beach is all about. They looked at me like I was an alien. They were requesting 'fresh clothes' and panicking that their feet were dirty. Try spending the entire day with sand in your butt crack, seaweed dangling from your hair and coated with sun block and bug spray. That's how I remember my beach days. It was awesome. :)

The drive out to the beach is gorgeous. Fields of canola, pretty blue skies and the crunchy sound of driving down gravel roads.

I would love to get out and explore all the abandoned farmhouses and falling down barns one day. There are tons of them.

Speaking of the beach, I think we're going to head out there again today. The weather is supposed to be nice and hot. I should probably wear my sundress :)

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