We settle in for the night. I realize with all our belonging there and the kids, the studio is a little too cramped. We're stepping on each other, literally. By morning I realize it is more cramped than I thought since I need to head outside with kids asap because hubby did not sleep all night. Now he can get a snooze because the constant sound of cars outside on the main road somewhat drowns out the leaky shower head.
Of course for the kids this is the most exciting part. They both love the water. Baby T even more so than Baby E, maybe because he is a water baby. I am so relieved to have the Swimtrainer floats, it made it so easy for me to keep an eye of them. No need to strain my back holding Baby T in the water and Baby E is well on her way to being a confident swimmer with the stage two orange float. Unlike a regular float it allows for the proper swimming position and lower the child a little in the water so that they can move their arms and legs under the water, genius! I only wish I got one sooner when Baby E was a baby.
The water is so warm, we then have a hard time trying to convince them to get out. Baby T obliges at hubby's mention of a yummy snack. The rest of our stay revolves around nap times, swim times, bed times, and meals. We visited the local Mill Fudge Factory and Ice Cream Cafe, perhaps the biggest attraction in town with the priciest ice cream I've ever tasted. It was worth it though because they had wi-fi, we could check for any urgent emails, and they had toys for the kids. That was the best part!
The cafe is situated on a cliff over a river with some wonderful views and the sound of the water. This cozy, narrow back room had wicker chairs, children's books, and windows that opened right onto the river. We took an evening walk in town and were surprised that mosquitoes were non-existent, they only came out later at night after sunset - when we were already in the cabin putting kids to bed.
The most pleasant thing about the trip was having a break from my to-do list. At home there is a constant flow of tasks, chores. Here I could just take a little break from that and I could focus a lot more on the kids. No laundry, minimal cooking, minimal cleaning. The cleanest lake I've ever seen, fresh air, lots of sunshine, and some one-on-one time with those you love. Isn't that what vacation is all about?
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