Our vacation this summer had a bit of a different flavour. We packed our bags and headed north to Thunder Bay, to ‘help’ Bradley and Sarah on the house they are building. I say ‘help’ in parenthesis because I am not naive to the fact that our little family comes with a lot of busyness. Just keeping these children fed, safe, rested, content seems like a feat to be proud of each day. And doing it while camping adds a whole other challenge. Jon did get to spend a bunch of time helping at the job site, thanks to my amazing Mom who helped out with the kids. For the first few days Mom and I made it our goal to watch Isaiah, Brielle and Beckam (Bradley and Sarah’s one year old) for the day, and then cook lunch and dinner for the work crew. Lets just say that lasted a few days before Mom and I were both exhausted and realized that our goals were a bit overly ambitious. Two one year olds and a six month old (who crawls everywhere and puts everything in her mouth) is enough to keep up with!
Here are some pictures of our full, fun, busy, hard-working week.
The person contracted to do the excavation on the property left his excavator at the site. Excavators have been Isaiah’s favorite vehicle to talk about for months, so this was beyond excitement for him. Whenever he was at the site, he would head down the path to the excavator. If no one was interested in joining him, he’d start off on his own. Grandpa even put him in the cab.
Brielle ate her share of sand too. With this new discovery of crawling, there’s no keeping her on blankets anymore. She crawls straight off to discover the more exciting things. Sand, pebbles. Keeps Mommy on her toes! Bradley found work for everyone who wanted it. So fun to be a part of their big project!
Beckam was pretty crazy about his cousin Brielle. He loved to point at her and give her kisses. … or feed her wood chips. Whatever cousins do to express their love. Oh to be a second born. Isaiah offered to share … a tent peg.
Beckam loved the slide! Watching him go down the slide and give a huge smile every time was one of the highlights of my trip! Winding down at night by the campfire, by Isaiah’s request. Because we are so far north, it didn’t get late until almost 10 each night. So Isaiah didn’t get to see the campfire much. But this night his daddy made one just for him.Brielle got to see some of the campfire too. She seemed to enjoy her first summer of camping.Grandpa had two little helpers staking the tent down. After watching Grandpa once Isaiah was confident he could do it on his own. He’d seen enough people swinging hammers this week to know how it’s done.
Amazing Aunt Amanda… managing all three. Isaiah’s clearly not in the mood for posing for photos. One day, on the drive from the campsite to the job site (literally three minutes) all three babies fell asleep in their car seats. I was sitting between them, Mom driving. House building is exhausting work for toddlers! What a great week! A taste of Bradley and Sarah and Beckam’s lives this summer. Too bad we don’t live close enough to head over more often. Darrell and Steph overlapped our time there by a couple days. Steph managed to get in a few pictures but I didn’t get any of Darrell hard at work. Wilson’s- we missed you! It was incomplete without you!