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It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write.  I will blame it on being in summer-mode.  The truth is that when summer hits, I take a bit of a hiatus.  Not from life, but from routine.  Living in Canada, with its short two months of glorious summer sun, I’ve stopped judging myself for easing up for a bit.  We play, we have fun, and we recharge our batteries.

In fact, there have been many times I’ve thought – “I’d like to write about that!”  Like our four days on an island in the middle of Algonquin – 2 families, 4 kids, 2 canoes, an island to ourselves, a huge sky overhead, and 16+ hours a day outside in nature.  It’s our third trip in the ‘outback’ – and one of the highlights of our year.  Some people may only want 5 star resorts – and not realize what they are missing out on.  Nature.  Quiet.  Bliss. (I just happen to like both types of vacation!)

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R&R in the sun (2011 trip)

Or the joy I have from knowing that while I am at work 3 days a week, my kids are at “Farm Camp” – where they have 200 acres to explore, make forts in the woods, swim in the salt water pool, take horse back riding lessons, and play every sport under the sun.  After three years of taking them there, there has not been a day that I didn’t leave feeling happy to know that while I was working, they were having the time of their lives.  (Even though I love my work, there are some days I’d like to just stay and play, too!)

Or the wonderful 8 days we spent in Nova Scotia with family – jumping waves in the ocean, exploring the Bay of Fundy from our cabin on the beach, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing into the peaceful speed of East-coast life.

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Ethan and Audra on the Halifax waterfront August 2013

While normal life keeps on going, the summer months for us are filled with so much extra fun and activity that it feels completely different.  If you measured fun-per-capita – summer would undoubtedly be in a category all of its own.  Wonderfully so.  And I just can’t make apologies for it.  I truly love our summer hiatus.

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Sunset from Advocate Harbour on the Bay of Fundy