Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cottage Life: Part II

As I've mentioned a few times, the girls and I spent a good part of August at my family's cottage on Lake Muskoka (about 2 hours north of Toronto). We had some fantastic family time, great meals and wine and lots of fun in the great outdoors.

I'm not one for taking sunset pictures but Muskoka sunsets are too perfect. The pictures really don't do it justice. We would eat dinner outside every night, while the sun was setting. Jenn should be given full credit for pictures two and three.

We took the girls to a beach one day so that they could play in the sand and walk out into the water. They seemed to really enjoy it. I managed to get Quinn to head out into chest deep (mine, not hers) water with me.

Muskoka is paradise for Riley and Finn. Our cottage is on a very quiet private road. The boys can head out in the morning and run free all day long. The funny thing is, they are homebodies who rarely go too far. The boys made friends with two dogs from down the road. I wish I could have caught a picture of Finn and the other two leaping into the water together after a stick. 

One of the things I love about the cottage is that the TV rarely gets turned on. We spend time talking, playing games or enjoying the outdoors. We end up finding unique ways of amusing ourselves.
My brother, Rob, went to the grocery store last weekend only to discover that there was a 2 for 1 sale on babies. The one on the right looks unamused.

On a rainy day, we created some indoor fun for the girls. They've decided that they would like to start training to become the 2030 Canadian women's bobsled team. 

While visiting with my friends Andrew and Lindsay and Andrew's parents, my Dad got distracted just long enough for Quinn to take about 6 handfuls of my Dad's beer. It created a monster. The kid has already developed a palate for not only beer, but also fine wines, courtesy of Grandpa. 


  1. The girls (and you!) are so lucky to have a place up north to visit. We used to go up around Huntsville every year and some of my favourite memories are from our trips there. I love living in the city, but sometimes it is nice to get away.

    1. I agree. I love city living and wouldn't trade it for anything, but love having an escape like Muskoka!

  2. LOL, love the one of Quinn the future sorority girl sneaking some of grandpa's beverage. Do you ever wonder which one is actually going to cause the most "grief" during the teen years?