Vacation Revelations

I physically relax the moment I pull into the laneway that leads to this cottage on the lake. Gorgeous sunsets, the tallest of trees.  Cell service?  Sometimes.  My revelation, I’m secretly glad when the cells don’t work.

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If you have a sand beach, a bucket plus 2 pails, and two girls, you are set for hours. No other entertainment required. I actually read two books!  Twilight and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. 


I worry too much about what I look like in a bikini.  It became glaringly obvious by the other Hot Mama’s strutting their extra bits of stuff, nobody cares!  I will learn to love my curves and the box of macaroons I rode in on, if it kills me.

Cottages in the woods have been the setting for too many horror flicks.  Dum dum dummm.  Hubby had to work, so I was alone for a couple of nights.  Cue the scary music.  One sleepless evening, I went “Axe Murderer Hunting” at 3am.  With a golf club. Yeah, cause that’s gonna save us.  The mysterious thump and running footsteps that had me holding my breath?  She was a big ole raccoon.  Bitch.

I was a weird kind of proud when I bought my baby this:


Quality beachside reading….. Jonas Brothers, Camp Rock 2.  Gotta start somewhere!  We had some interesting conversations about tampons and break-ups. My girls make me smile.

The Great Lakes smell a wee bit fishy.  This is normal.  If there is some added fishy funk filling your nose LOOK for the floater.  Find it before it finds you.  Shiver and ick.

Winds can kick out of nowhere on these nearly deserted beaches.  So when you look up and see an umbrella hurtling at you at 40 mph …….go ahead and be a girl. Duck and squeal.  Let some beach hunk fulfill his destiny, let him be the hero and chase that bad boy down. 

Vacations may be stressful what with the packing and car rides, overeating (me) and “What’s to eat Mom”(them), but these are the moments my girls will remember forever.

I already can’t wait for next year.   


  1. Glad to know it’s not just me. I was secretly happy about buying my daughter her first Pop Star magazine. 🙂

  2. Just looking at the pictures makes me want to go on vacation there! I’m glad you can remember some great moments with your girls. You might need them in the coming years 🙂

  3. Sounds perfect!

  4. I dream for the day we can afford to own/rent a cottage near the great lakes! Right now, focus is buying a house…jealous!

  5. I was supposed to go to a cabin in the woods for the weekend as well, but then I got sick and we decided not to go as we didn’t know where this supposed ”hurricane” was going, blah, blah, blah! I’ve just read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo; I thought it was excellent, but the next one – The Girl Who Played With Fire – is even better so far.

  6. beautiful pics!!!
    lovely place.. and i think you are SO BRAVE for staying a couple of nights alone… i can do home alone (AT HOME) with no major problems… but at a place i am not so used too… whoooo.. shudder!!!

  7. Sounds like a good vacation. Love being able to read at the beach.

  8. Your vacation sounds perfect, aside from the ax murdering raccoon. 🙂

    Is this the cottage your parents are selling??? I hope not!

  9. Sounds absolutely perfect! We do a lake trip each year that has no electricity (can you say flat hair?), no cell coverage, nothing. It’s the best way to relax.

  10. sweet…glad you had a great time…and those are memories they will carry with them for a while as well…

  11. Wonderful memories are being created for you all!! Sounds just perfect… I too long for the day when we have our own cottage/vacation spot…

  12. what a nice relaxing trip for sure. I wish there was a money fairy also..

  13. Looks like a fun time!

  14. Ha! i could definitely NOT watch a scary movie and then vacation in a cabin!

  15. How nice! Sounds great…
    I would be pretty proud of the magazine, too! I must ask, what did you think of the books?

  16. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! And yup, these are the days that memories are made of – cherish them all!

  17. Oh, I can smell the beach and hear the giggling from here!! Fond memories. And, I’d have been all kinds of scared with those noises too.

  18. What a peaceful looking place! Except for the two scary nights on your own. I have trouble sleeping whenever my husband’s away too. Extreme paranoia takes over :).

  19. It sounds like you had a fun time!!

  20. Sounds like the perfect getaway to me…minus the middle of the night axe murderer hunt. Yikes! Raccoon or not, that would have got me going!

  21. Summer days relaxing at the cottage… sounds like stuff memories are made of for sure! 🙂

  22. This sounds like a vacation through and through.
    Love that your daughter is being broken into the world of petty gossip and cute boys via the magazines. My girl is the same, and I proudly hand them to her (she tends to tear up when she sees Justin Beeber on the cover…she’s 10…and doesn’t have particulartly great taste. I’m like, “What about Taylor Lautner. Why don’t you put him up on your wall instead?” Mama likes!

  23. What a great holiday. Im green with envy!

  24. Oh I know you had a great time… And Im so happy you got to read 2 books…Right there I know it was relaxing… Im dying to read girl with the dragon tatoo too……LOL!! I had to laugh about the macaroons….LOL!!!!!! HUGS!!

  25. AWWW sounds great!

  26. Haha! Looks like so much fun. Its so good to get away form home. Horror movies! Eyk They always have the scary cottage scenes.

  27. They are the best of times. Sounds like it was perfect.

  28. that cottage is adorable! and yes, sometimes, when all the electronics are off, my world is a much better place.

    looks like you all had a lovely time! 🙂

  29. awwww WOW that looks like a gorgeous place!! I love the idea of sand beneath my toes too, its brings me back so much! Its funny, I understand about the ax murderer thing but we live in the city usually so when we go to the country is actually a breather from those thoughts mostly! 🙂 ps i’ve seen that book EVERYWHERE (the girl with the dragon tattoo) was it any good?

  30. Looks beautiful and peaceful! I remember my first teen magazine…

  31. Looks like you had a great time!
    Good for you for learning to love your curves. We can all be so hard on ourselves. I used to look at my saggy skin on my stomach and be disgusted. I would always tell my husband I’m getting it cut off after I’m done having kids. I’m noticing as time goes on I’m getting much better at loving my body and just being happy with it saggy skin and all 🙂

  32. Well, you would not believe how happy I was to learn the Axe Murderer was in your next of the woods and not mine. Then? I find out it is a raccoon? Fail. He’s still out there…

  33. It sounds like the ultimate relaxation. How did you like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? I have been wanting to read that book for a while…I need to ad it to my Target list!

  34. Love the Raccoon bit… OMG I laughed out loud. THANKS.

  35. I dream of a nice cabin rental. We have two dogs and can never get away. My solution would be a pet-friendly rental up in Wisconsin.

    I can dream, can’t I?

    Looks like you had a good time. Don’t let your daughters buy hundreds of those magazines! I did it when I was obsessed with Nsync thinking, “OF COURSE THEY’LL BE WORTH SOMETHING SOME DAY.” Riiiiight

    I can’t believe my mom let me cover my walls in posters…

  36. wow that place looks sweet!

  37. I’m glad you had a great time, you were way overdue!! 🙂

  38. Vacations in any form are excellent. We did the camping in a tent last weekend. Tenting with boyscouts if one thing, with a family in a campground, well the noise…it’s unbelieveable. Yes scouts are loud but only at night, they are boys and no noise in the mornings until I get them up. Still vacations are good at anytime. Glad you got away and enjoyed. :o)

  39. kathy downey says:

    Sounds like the perfect spot for a getaway to me.

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