It was once again time to take our summer vacation and head to Beulah Family Camp. I just couldn't resist a photo of the bikes. They are everywhere during family camp. It's a great way for kids to get around but they do seem to multiply.
Our first Saturday we had a bit of rain in the afternoon. So the kids came in and played some games. That's a favourite memory of Robin and myself. We loved the rainy afternoon games.
Emily came for one weekend and Peter decided it would be good to try some origami. His bat turned out perfectly. Too bad I didn't get a picture of that, just the extreme concentration.
We had a treat when 2 of Dick's friends came for a visit. Grandma Fern was full of patience and good humour with the kids and Grandma Carol spent quite a bit of time with Gaelle creating new games.
Robin and Papa Doan were quite the team. Robin cooked most evening meals and Papa Doan did the dishes. A win-win for everyone.
On our last day of vacation, we finally made it to the wharf for some swimming, jumping and diving. Gaelle was anxious to try it but waited until mom made it in the water. Fortunately the water was beautiful. A bit of a novelty as the St. John River can sometimes be cold.
Peter passed a huge milestone. He swam off the wharf without a life jacket. His swimming is getting much better and he is getting stronger.
I don't know how Papa Doan stays so calm and cheerful with our clan around, but he does. We all just have an amazing time with lots of laughter.
Just a snapshot of some Sunday afternoon music.
Behind the cottage we stayed at there is a field with 2 horses. If she could see the horses, Gaelle would go out and call to them and they would often come. Of course she had a couple of carrots in her hand. The first time she tried to feed them, she dropped the carrot, but she became more brave and did a great job keeping her hand steady. So cute to see these big horses coming for her.
The weather was amazing the whole time we were at Beulah. We were able to go swimming almost every day. Gaelle loves the water and especially loves to be thrown in the air by her day. Overall, our time away was wonderful, relaxing, and just plain fun.