Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Dispatch From The Lake

In The CanoeSmall

That's a photo of my dad with Ellie on her first canoe ride. We've just returned from five days at the lake, five days during which I learned the following:

1. If you're planning on spending your vacation time fiddling with your camera and playing with your camera and recording all the vacation fun with your camera, be sure to PACK THE BATTERY CHARGER FOR YOUR CAMERA.

2. An auto-focus telephoto lens will suck your battery dry like nobody's business, fool, and P.S.: that was your only battery.

3. Lake spiders are thin and spindly and generally less offensive than the fat, sinister, basement spiders that you regularly immobilize with spray starch, but you still don't want them crawling across your eyeball.

4. Food tastes better on vacation.

5. You can take a "vacation" and, as long as you vacate the place you normally live for a certain period of time, you have successfully "vacationed." Gone for five days? Great vacation! Way to vacate!

6. When you have two very small children, it is important to understand that "vacation" is not synonymous with "resting time with lots of rest" and adjust your expectations accordingly.

7. On the other hand, lakes are very good for wearing children out, plus they are blue, and smell nice, and cannot be beat on a hot day (lake monsters notwithstanding.)

8. It is always good to come home, even if your lawn and flower beds went absolutely, inexplicably wild in your absence and you feel as though your bizzaro hillbilly self has taken over the house and sorry, she h'aint doin' no weedin'.

9. You could really use a nap. And maybe a vacation.

26 comments:

Loralee Choate said...

Number 3 made me want to scrub myself down with bleach, run around in circles screaming my head off and simultaneously fork myself in the eyeball repeatedly.

Just so you know.

i am very mary said...

Send the kids over so we can do things like eat paste and walk around in our underoos and terrorize the cats. And you? You can nap.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Oh, the photo of Ellie and Grandpa brings tears to the eye.

This is a perfect summer post.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Bringing back lake memories. Good ones. Though not restful ones 'cause you are so right on about that!

bluemountainsmary said...

I always think vacations with young children is very much about the same stuff just different location. And you need a vacation on top of the vacation because not only did you not really get a vacation whilst on vacation but you presumably worked like a dog to get away on vacation in the first place.

No wonder you need a nap.

Jenn said...

Sounds fun, the picture is beautiful !

justjuli said...

Thanks for the tips! I am getting ready to take my niece on our annual beach trip for a few days.

I survived last year - and have learned a few new tips for this year. Plus, she's 6 now and is a lot more manageable!

I love all the shades of blue in this photo. So calming. Definitely looks like a good place to nap!

standing still said...

Now mind you, I have only one child, so this is coming from a serious WUSSY ... but, I always said that being a mommy on vacation with a small child is EXACTLY the same as being a mommy at home with a small child, except without all your own stuff.

reneedesigns said...

Yeah vacations with small children are not vacations in the true sense of the word. You need to take another one without them to truly rest.

Number 3 - ick
Number 8 - hilarious

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Oh I so no what you're talkin' about with kids and readjusting views about 'vacation' and 'rest.'

HA.

The Cheap Chick said...

If you need another vacation, you are always welcome to visit your adoring fans here in the TC. I have NO children, so I can guarantee peace and quiet. Unless you bring the kids with. Then I can guarantee we'd have a Very Large Time, but with much less alcohol. Or maybe more. Hard to say.

dharmamama said...

That picture made me gasp. SO lovely. I have a picture I took of Walden Lake as my desktop... always calming.

It *does* get easier as the kids get older. Two years ago, we drove to Maine (from NC), with my two boys, our dog, who was 8 months old at the time, my mother, sister, brother-in-law and their 2 kids, all in 2 vans... and I was rested afterwards!

As a matter of fact, I loved, loved, loved having very young children, but now that I no longer do, *every day* is like a vacation compared to that time in our lives. Sorry. I mean to sound hopeful, not gloating.

Optimist said...

Most fantabulous picture ever!

We are getting ready for our vacation - yep we are getting ready to vacate. Lots of work beforehand - but worth it. Its the unpacking I hate.

xoxo

Note to self - take battery charger...

J. said...

Once again, you speak (or write) the truth, Melanie. And I love the picture. So peaceful.

I would just add one more item to your definition of "vacation": Vacation means not having to make beds or vacuum or do laundry, unless you really, really want to.

Thanks, too, for the battery charger reminder. We're heading to the San Juan Islands soon, and I probably would have forgotten (and have a honking big lens on my Nikon D70 that will no doubt suck the life out of my battery).

Amy the Mom said...

Even if that's the only picture you got, it's priceless.

ewe are here said...

No, not restful at all when wee ones are involved.


Lovve the pic.

princessofsomething said...

Love that lake pic. It makes me homesick, or familysick maybe. My parents and all the aunts and uncles are up this week at the lake in upstate new york-- we couldn't go because no money. I would pay money for my boys to get to go in the boat with their grandpa.

MamaBird said...

so lovely. even with a battery charger i cannot capture scenes like that. you rule. our vacay? i brought the chargola but broke the camera. sigh. i hope you had a marvelous time. even tho you're exhausted and a SPIDER crawled on yr EYEBALL.

Jennifer H said...

That photo is gorgeous. What a great moment, too.

A lake vacation (any sort of vacating my house) sounds like heaven.

the end of motherhood said...

1. Bliss.
2. You are so right.

dkuroiwa said...

That...is THE perfect picture. Oh to have been a "spider" in that boat, to listen to the conversations that went on.
Beautiful.
And...it's for reason #6 that I'm feeling a little better about not going to the States...maybe next year when my littlest is a 1st grader....maybe!!

Angie said...

What a beautiful picture. Your list was priceless - I too went on vacation and left the camera battery charger at home on the table. Genius.

P.S. Original said...

Thats why they make disposable cameras I guess....I always forget the the guts that keep them working.
Wonderful blog!

Nora Bee said...

Seriously--vacations are exhausting, no? At least you got a break from your camera. :-)

(And glad you survived the lake monsters)

Kelly @ Love Well said...

Stunning photo.

As one who also just returned from a week-long "vacation" (the quotes are entire appropriate when you have young children, don't you agree?), I would like to add to the list that it is also important to bring the cord to your laptop if you are planning to get a lot of writing done.

Natalie said...

wow! great lake picture. glad you had a fun vacation!

i can't wait until we get back to america and can vacation on a lake. i can't wait! only 4 more months...