And… I’m Back

Seven days stuffed full of family time.  No television, no internet, but nearly perfect weather, and so many laughs.  So much to tell you! 
For now, a teaser!
It was a full week of cottage country bliss.  Thanks to @BuickCanada  we made the four and half hour drive in style.  I may be developing a bit of a crush on the Enclave.  Did you know the Enclave has two sunroofs?  All the room of a mini van, all the style of an SUV!  Love.
We arrived to this:
A true old style stone cottage with a wicked modern addition.  Did I mention is was RIGHT on the lake?
Thanks to my Dad, and his boat, we tore up the water ways.  Making a statement on “our” lake, screaming and laughing until our sides hurt.  For some of us older out of shape folks we literally tubed until it hurt.
You see, legs are not supposed to stretch that way when you are a dude!! 
The younger one’s were much cuter to watch. 
We watched movies in the “Boat House”, went for countless walks, and ate way too much food.  So much food! 
Now it’s back to the real world of bills, phone calls, appointments, laundry and eek almost school!! I will not be overwhelmed, I will not be overwhelmed.  I will just lay my head down every night, count my very many blessings, and try desperately to hang on to that completely relaxed, unplugged from the world, oh so good, vacation feeling.  Sigh. 
Think it’s too early to start the countdown to the next vacation? 


  1. Wow! The cottage looks amazing. Sounds like a great vacation!

  2. woohoo love the pull behind…so muchy fun…and can def lead to some tremendous wipe outs…smiles.

  3. Sounds like heaven! Glad you had fun!

  4. Ahhh! What an amazing looking place to have a vacation! 🙂 It looks like you and the fam had a w wonderful time – great way to end the summer, for sure!

    The pics of the tubing adventures are awesome as well – haha! 😀

  5. Oh glad you are back well maybe sad you are back (for you not me) now that I see the fantastic photos of fun and no pressure. B

  6. Looks great! Love the pics of the cottage- looks like you had fun! 🙂

  7. Wow, I want some of that. That cottage is amazing. So glad you had such a great time.

  8. Whoa. That place looks amazing! 2 sunroofs? Did you lose a kid out one?

  9. WHAT FUN!!!!

  10. This looks so fun….love the tubing photos! And NO, NOONE’S legs should stretch like that. LOL
    Love the cottage…I think I’d run away and live there if I were you.
    I traded in my Enclave in January….it was a nice ride though.
    Glad you had fun!

  11. Hi, I just joined your blog a few days ago and was anticipating your vacation photos. WOW! What a nice place to go on vacation for. Amazing photos.It looks like you had tons of fun. Bravo! You recharged your batteries and are ready for Fall !!!

  12. Oh, it’s so sad when vacations come to an end! I truly miss summer already and um, we’re not even into fall yet! LOL. Great pics, looks like a great time. Love the fresh new look of your blog, too! xo

  13. Love the new blog look. The cottage looks fab too! Three cheers for being unplugged.

  14. I’m thrilled to read that you had a fabulous vacation. It looks wonderful!

  15. I am loving that stone cottage and really, everything about your getaway!

  16. glad to see that you guys enjoyed it looks like lots of fun. Lovely post

  17. Looks like you had a blast! Nice cottage. And beautiful girls! I’m assuming they are both yours. The one on (my) right looks just like you!

  18. We just got back too – beach instead of lake. Your accommodations looks so ultra fabulous. Ours were … not. I didn’t even bother getting pictures.

  19. That looks and sounds like it was SO much fun!

  20. I would love to take my kids to a cottage – I’ve never experienced it myself. Looks like fun!!

  21. Looks fantastic! Before kids I dreamed of exotic locales with foreign languages and foreign food. Now my idea of an amazing holiday is exactly this. Peaceful bliss and quality family time!!

  22. I was looking for a picture of some screaming kids tubing, and I just happened upon yours that took place here on our lake. Hope you have returned and will again. Rev. Paul

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Paul!
      My sister and I practically grew up on Boshkung lake. My parents owned there when we were kids. Now we try and rent on the lake every year. Sadly this year we were unable to find a cottage that met our needs so will be staying on Gull Lake! If you have a cottage that you rent out, or know of one you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to pass it on to me! I’m booking earlier for 2015 🙂
      You can always e-mail me at Stephanie at howtosurvivelifeinthesuburbs dot com
      And many thanks for your comment!

  23. kathy downey says:

    wow,what a reboot….must be an amazing feeling

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