And for that, many Americans get this opportunity to have an extra day to relax and play. I have a four day weekend as Friday is my day off. I plan to clean, pack, and prepare food as DD#2, pup, and I will head to the family cabin right after school. DD#1 is meeting us there as well. I think the aunts and uncles that stay in the other cabin will be there, maybe a cousin or two, but it will probably be a quiet Friday night group, and I am excited for that. DH works Saturday so won't be up until later, as well as most of the rest of his family. I have my mind on a long canoe ride. I can handle DH's family at the lake-there is room to get away for a walk, a kayak or canoe ride, or out of site nooks for a book or to peck away on a computer when the chaos get's too much.
This is the last summer in the cabin as a a new one will be built at the end of the summer. I am trying to be as uninvolved as possible on the business logistics as this is DH's family, but will help with any labor, packing up, and cleaning that is needed. My intentions are to wake up early and clean as much as possible with my girls, so that when my MIL arrives, we can just take directives as to what she wants packed for keeping, and what she thinks can be purged. All of us are hoping that all the clutter and bric-a-brac can go, and we start late fall with a blank slate once the new, year round dwelling is completed. Some family isn't arriving until Sunday, so bigger jobs will wait, and we can have some fun on Saturday. Meals are served buffet style, and usually salads, crock pot hot dishes, and meats, and grilled foods-simple, delicious, and ample. Friday though, we may just splurge and head into town for a pizza depending on who is around.
The new cabin will be a beautiful year round retreat, a tribute to DH's father. DD#2 is sad about the old one coming down. She doesn't understand the flood damage that occurred 30+ years ago that has made the structure wonky at best, and repaired and kept together with lot's of blood, sweat, and tears each year. It is a tremendous gift from my MIL, preserving the place for future generations, and in time, DD#2, with her cousins, friends, and perhaps her own family one day, will have new memories. This will be a weekend of memorials and the start of new beginnings.
|DD#2 and friend getting ready to water tube.|
|Preparing for 4th of July boat parade.|