Summer time means holidays for most folks. A chance to get away from the everyday sights. Even if you live somewhere that other people come to for there holidays, its still nice to get a change of scenery. Like Dina, she lives in Malta, but is getting away to Germany for a few weeks.
And my niece Kayla and her family are headed to London today to see the sights in that great city and to meet JK Rowling. I hope she has as much fun as Keith and I did when we were there in '03.
We have time off in August, but haven't made any definite plans yet. Keith will be going on a GUYS getaway. Taking our sons and a bunch of other dads and lads on a canoeing trip. Heidi and I will go up to the Okanagen for a few days to visit my parents.
We are also expecting company in August, as Kayla's family plans to drive out to BC for a week. So we will be entertaining them. I look forward to taking Kayla to the beach in Vancouver. I promised her we would take her back there when she was back on her feet.
This photo was in '05 before she found out she would be losing a leg to cancer. We had been out to Saskatchewan and brought her home with us. With a stop in the Rocky Mountains, this shot the kids pose in front of Castle Mountain.
One of my favorite photos of them.! I hope they carry fond memories of our little family excursions into adulthood.
I have great memories of my own childhood holidays. We lived in England until I was nine years old. Every summer we would go down to Wales and stay in a rented caravan that was close to the beach. That's me in the pink dress, my sister Carol in the blue dress and one of the twins, Sheila in front.
My very first holiday was a trip to Blackpool, a seaside resort not far from were we lived. I don't remember this picture being taken as I was only two weeks old! But I do have memories of many other excursions to that wonderful holiday place throughout our time in England. My parents were always good at making special times away from home, even if it was just a day trip. Every outing was a holiday. Mum made great picnics with the best warm banana sandwiches you ever tried! I had never seen a picnic cooler until we got older. It didn't happen often, but the times we got treated to an ice cream cone were a dream come true. To splash out on cones for all four girls was a luxury! One of my favorite things to get at the beach were those little paper flags on toothpicks to stick in the tops of our sandcastles!
Keith (Mr.Thousandwordsworth) often speaks of the holidays his family had in the gulf islands. Memories of mischief with all his siblings and cousins. How Grandma could rule with a wooden spoon! Sinking the rowboat on the lake. Riding their bicycles to town to fetch drinking water to the cabin.
All this reminiscing is giving me the beach itch. My kids are getting old now for sandcastles. These days a trip to the beach is a chick spotting opportunity! The boys don't come out with us much anymore, they are getting too busy with their own lives. I am so glad that we had so many outings with them over the years. Lots of mini holidays, camping trips and days at the beach or park. Its true, the old saying "Treasure these days because they grow up so fast." I think we made a special child hood for them. Hopefully they will look back on these times as fondly as I do on my childhood.
What are your families plans for the summer?