Our time in Manitoba is rapidly coming to a close and we've been trying to pack in all the summer fun that we've left until the last minute. Trips to the lake have been more frequent and each time my mom and I convince ourselves that all the prep work and clean-up is worth it!
It doesn't take much convincing when you enjoy an evening like this one at Lake William with a few cousins:
Unfortunately in the haste and chaos of leaving the house with 3 whiny kids, my mom and I forgot the bag that contained the plates. But, hey, it's "camping" right?
So, we made do.
I even convinced the kids that the flap in the paper bag was the hot dog holder.
Oh - and to explain the bandage on Micah's arm -- it was still bothering him a bit after he hurt it at camp. I had visions of us coming home with another casted arm like last year. But we kept an eye on it and the tensor seemed to help. He hasn't complained about it in a few days so I think we're out of the woods.
In Micah's words, he probably just "spranged it".
When Erik asked who Micah's favourite Manitoba cousin was a few weeks ago, he surprised us by announcing that it was Olivia. They do play together quite well...
Maddy patiently worked on her mission to befriend Silas. And her secret to success?
(My camera kept focusing on the sand in the photos, so I decided to go with it and have some fun with iphoto edits...)
Silas and Judah.
Then a couple of days later, my mom and I packed up the kids and hopped in the van once again. This time for a day trip to Clear Lake (Riding Mtn National Park). Brad & Nichole were camping up there for a few days and I hadn't been to Clear Lake in ages (my favourite camping location growing up).
The kids had a blast at the beach.
Silas had a great time right up until the moment this happened:
And then I was even able to transfer him to this:
Overall, a great day was had at Clear Lake - though we all agreed, it was too short!
Another thing on our must-do-before-we-leave-Manitoba list was to take one more ride in Grandpa's pontoon boat.
So, last night, that's what we did.
We even stopped mid-lake so that Erik and the kids could jump in for a swim.
And practice some new swimming moves...
To me, August will always feel like the "Sunday" of summer. You know -- the second half of the weekend where you're already thinking about going back to work or school (who I am kidding, I haven't gone to a job or a school in years... but I definitely still look forward to the weekend!) In the same way, August marks the shifting of that entire-summer-stretched-out-before-me feeling into the only-a-few-more-weeks-until-this-all-comes-to-an-end feeling.
Thankfully there are plenty more good things to look forward to.