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Sometime in the spring, when I could see that summer was going to be a tad on the disappointing side with zero trips to Canada, I got desperate and booked a couple vacations. I needed something to look forward to this summer! And I'm so glad I did! I book our trip to Banks Lake and our stay in Hayden Lake. We just got home today and we had a really lovely time! The weather was gorgeous and fortunately there aren't really any wildfires this year, or at least no smoke from them (yet). We stayed in a little two bedroom cabin, ate simple food and we were a short walk to the shared beach. The beach was super beautiful. It's south facing, pretty sand and the water is so clear! This was my type of vacation! We had access to a couple kayaks, a paddle board, a canoe and some other lake toys and we loved using them. Swimming out to the little dock was so much fun. I loved watching my girls play on the dock.

Coming back home feels like a downer. It was so fun to play and have so few cares and concerns! I'm so glad we went on this little vacation. Our family really needed it, I really needed it!

Our one and only camping trip this year was to Round Lake for our annual camp with friends trip. It was a lot of fun, even if I slept poorly. We forgot the pillows. And I took close to no photos with the exception of the ones below of Maeve playing with fire. We got in a lot of really fun lake time and everyone had a wonderful time!

In May, we had our landscaping in our front yard done and I'm so happy with it! I've planted a bunch of plants and my daughters love to pick flowers and make bouquets. It's just the best. We've spent some evening sitting outside on the porch watching the girls put together bouquets and once, flower crowns. So worth it!

Our second trip out to the Banks Lake/Grand Coulee area! Our girls were very enthusiastic about returning to the same place we stayed at last year and playing in the lake! Of course we had a lovely time. Highlights include: swimming in gorgeous Banks Lake, finding a ton of shells, renting a paddle board and eating super good Mexican food from a truck two nights in a row! This is a mini vacation that we would happily repeat!

I feel immense gratitude for my very generous friend who has a pool and who always responds with, "Anytime" or "Of course" or "Yes!" every time I've asked if we could swim in her pool. It's been a bright spot in our summer!

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