The week before last we spent in Shediac on our “beach vacation”. We were so thankful to be able to meet in the middle and spend it with nana and papa and ali and aaliyah. We had great food, great weather (mostly) and, other than a little bug that passed through the kids and I, the week was a great success.
We stayed at aunt betty’s cottage which, despite the cottage being brand new, brought back a ton of memories for me and the vacations we would take as a family when I was small. Not a lot has changed (other than the cottage itself) and it was fun reminiscing with the family.
This family does not need vacation as an excuse to have a campfire. Or s’mores.
We spent lots of time at the beach. This pic was Aaliyah and Emery spending a little downtime with nemo after the beach and a bath.
The kids and hubby slept in the tent for the first couple of nights. They decided it was too cold after night two but the air mattress still made for a good distraction for the kids now and then. (I know this looks like Eleanor is about to do a face plant but she was safer than it seems, I swear!).
We went for a walk one morning without planning to swim but Eleanor ended up looking like this. She was having fun so I wasn’t going to stop her. She managed walking in the sand pretty well.
Oliver thinks so much of Eleanor and likes to be helpful (most of the time). I love this shot.
The boys had a great time swimming. The water is shallow for a long time, different than the beach we are used to, so they liked running in right up to their chests. One day there were pretty good waves too, which they liked jumping around in with nana.
One morning the boys put on their “capes” to play superheroes with their pretend light sabers. Papa didn’t want to miss out on the action so we tied a lawn chair cushion around his neck and armed him as well. The boys thought that was so fun! Oliver and I with our legs buried. After swimming, the boys would promptly cuddle up in a towel and lay down. It wasn’t overly hot and the breeze was cool but it was still great beach weather. (Emery was playing shy in this one). Eleanor was pretty curious about the water. Nana is a kite flyer from way back so one windy morning we went to the beach to try out her new kite. It eventually went airborne… … and the kids were able to take a turn flying it too. Eleanor was looking particularly cute that morning too.