I generally exist in the plane of “tired”. Three kids, a husband, work, LIFE. I do not believe I am the only one that exists in this dimension. In fact, I am starting to wonder if there really is any other way to feel. I think I used to feel rested, but I also think that Diet Coke counts as health food.

Upon returning home from the trip of AWESOME, my energy resources were quite depleted.  As were Honey’s.  By the time we walked into the house, hung out with the kids and got them to bed, I was DONE.  As was Honey.  We talked for a bit and then stumbled up to bed.

Tuesday morning we awoke to more of our glorious summer weather.  If Matthew and I were still childless, we probably would have thought, “Gee.  That’s nice”, before rolling over and going back to sleep.  That is a little hard to do when you have children who pad into your room and stare down at you while breathing heavily.

The kids wanted to head to the lake, as we do most mornings.  We had company arriving after lunch, and I should have cleaned the house (and maybe unpacked), but these are good friends.  They would have picked the beach over cleaning the house any day.

I usually take the kidlets to the water park so I get to bring less gear (Towels!), as opposed to the other beach, which involves even more gear (Towels, and sand toys, and floaties, oh my!).  The monkeys had their little hearts set on the beach, so I sucked it up and packed the van.  We left Daddy to work in the office and headed out.

Upon arriving, we discovered that we were alone.  Not a single soul to be seen.  Just what this weary soul needed.

Emily

Yes, I make the kids carry stuff.  I don’t have Go-Go-Gadget arms.

Beach!

See for yourself:

The Three.

ALONE.

Empty!

It’s a beach that only the locals know about.  The touristy beaches are CRAZY.  Just like Miss Emily and her need to wear a pair of goggles on her forehead.

Goggles

Our company arrived in the afternoon, complete with their three boys in tow (6, 4, and 11 months old).  Our house was BUSY and MAYBE A LITTLE LOUD.  The kids had fun together and even managed to share a room with only about thirty minutes of me marching up there AND LAYING THE SMACKDOWN before they went to sleep.

Us adults had a good visit in between turning to the kids with phrases such as, “Can you please SHARE?” “Sword fighting is generally frowned upon at our house”, and “CAN YOU TAKE THE VOLUME DOWN A NOTCH?”

Our friends knew that the timing of their visit was a little tough, and were the best house guests a girl could ever hope for.  They brought food, helped cook dinner, and watched the kids so I do some stuff around the house. They were even understanding when I fell asleep on the couch one evening.  Yes! Come and visit so YOU CAN WATCH ME SLEEP IN THE LIVING ROOM.

At least I don’t snore.

They have moved on to their next destination and we have been getting caught up over here.  My office work is done, the house is cleaned, and I have even unpacked.  Last night I even slept for EIGHT HOURS STRAIGHT.  I feel like a new woman, ready to face the day and brave the beach.  I might even be up for company.

Who is coming to visit next?

South

Never Eat...EAST!

North

I promise to stay awake this time.

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  1. sizzle July 25, 2008 8:12 am edit

    I could go for some more vacation and definitely some beach time. A stretch of beach alone is a beautiful thing.

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  2. Heather July 25, 2008 8:16 am edit

    Wow, what a pretty beach (and the kids are pretty cute too) I can’t believe no one was there. How cool was that!

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  3. hills July 25, 2008 8:24 am edit

    I love the photo of Emily with the goggles on her head – she looks like she’s about to judo chop someone!

    hills’s last blog post..You’re A Topshop Princess, A Rockstar Too

  4. teresa July 25, 2008 8:53 am edit

    That beach looks awesome. I hope the weather is still nice in September, cuz that’s when we’re coming to check out Summerland :)

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  5. Sharon July 25, 2008 9:03 am edit

    So gorgeous! I love it when you have the entire beach to yourself – it’s so peaceful and relaxing!

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  6. Maria July 25, 2008 9:22 am edit

    I’m already on my way. Is that ok?

    Too late.
    Answer the door.

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  7. Martha July 25, 2008 9:25 am edit

    Me! I’m coming to visit! Not sure of exact dates but sometime in August — hope you are around :)

  8. Moose July 25, 2008 9:38 am edit

    What a pretty beach! Can you send it to me via email?

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  9. Samantha July 25, 2008 10:20 am edit

    I love that even though you’re local you still can get a bit of peace away from the day-to-day.
    A quiet stretch of beach is a wonderful thing. And it helps that you live in one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Bottle that beach and send some to prairies! (But not literally. Lake water, while relaxing … gag).

    Samantha’s last blog post..Not the Mama

  10. Rhi July 25, 2008 10:24 am edit

    Me! Me! And, I’ll even TALK TO YOU.

    Side note: Isn’t that the point of kids? To carry stuff?

    No? Perhaps it’s a good thing I don’t have any. But, please know, if I could train my cat to go get my purse for me. I WOULD.

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  11. Mrs. Wilson July 25, 2008 11:11 am edit

    ooo ooo ooo mee!!!

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  12. Kami July 25, 2008 11:31 am edit

    Someday, just not this year! Jay has never been to the Okanagan and it’s been WAY too long since I have. It ranks up there as one of the most beautiful places in Canada :-)

    Love the pictures!

    Kami’s last blog post..Back in the Saddle

  13. ali July 25, 2008 12:24 pm edit

    ooh…pick me! pick me!

    i would SOOO love to come and noisy up your house with my rugrats!

  14. Victoria July 25, 2008 12:34 pm edit

    Gosh, I’d love it if I could come visit! We could fall asleep on couches together! ;)

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  15. Julie July 25, 2008 12:41 pm edit

    that second to last photo made me all wriggly with longing.
    what a great water shot.
    i shall have to suffice with paying five dollars to swim in the community pool.

  16. bethany actually July 25, 2008 1:42 pm edit

    Don’tcha just LOVE only-locals-know-about-this places? That beach looks heavenly. I would love to bring Annalie up if only so she could go in the water without fearing the surf. Our trip to the beach today, it did not go as pleasantly as I was expecting. :-) Oh well.

    I hope to someday be your houseguest! You don’t have to clean, I will help cook, and won’t mind a bit when you fall asleep on the couch.

    bethany actually’s last blog post..Meeting new friends and talking to old ones

  17. Kristabella July 25, 2008 2:01 pm edit

    I’m coming! And it will be easy since I haven’t even unpacked from The Trip of AWESOME

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  18. She Likes Purple July 25, 2008 2:50 pm edit

    Lord, that’s gorgeous. Bumped up on our “must-visit places.” Like top three. Not even kidding.

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  19. Robyn July 25, 2008 2:50 pm edit

    Oh MY, you live in a gorgeous place! I’ve always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island if I came to Canada but I think I’m adding Summerland to my list :)

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  20. Kristin July 25, 2008 3:12 pm edit

    I bet you feel great having everything back to “normal”. :)

    Love the pictures as usual. :)

  21. Heather B July 25, 2008 3:20 pm edit

    I’ll come visit and I don’t snore but from what I understand I laugh in my sleep. So yeah…

    Heather B’s last blog post..This Calls for Cupcakes

  22. slynnro July 25, 2008 4:18 pm edit

    This is cruel. It is 1123498237498 degrees here. And there is no water.

    slynnro’s last blog post..Scenes From a Marriage: SPOILED EDITION

  23. Hannah July 25, 2008 4:39 pm edit

    I am soooo jealous. We are in the middle of the worst storm our country has seen for years.
    I WANT TO VISIT THE BEACH AND LIE IN THE SUN!

    Glad you had a nice time at the beach and with your friends. And glad you got some decent sleep!

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  24. Chelsey July 25, 2008 9:32 pm edit

    i want to come!!!!!!!

    its on my list of places to see! We live in the same province, how can it look so different!!it looks like paradise!!

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  25. little miss mel July 25, 2008 9:40 pm edit

    Looks a hell of a lot warmer water than what I’m about to experience in Tahoe. Melted snow? Not so warm.

    Great pics! Perfect day for the beach.

    little miss mel’s last blog post..tahoe, tahoe, it’s off to play we go

  26. Andrea July 25, 2008 9:49 pm edit

    No wonder where you live is a tourist hot spot. It’s stunning!

    The goggle picture rocks my world. She is just.too.much.

    -Andrea

    Andrea’s last blog post..He’s Two. So Very, Very Two.

  27. joyce July 26, 2008 5:06 am edit

    friggen gorgeous! can’t believe there wasn’t anyone else there.

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  28. Elizabeth July 26, 2008 5:01 pm edit

    Love it! You had me laughing. Great pictures and yay for a lonely beach- glad you kept it company.

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..Before and During?

  29. Michele July 26, 2008 9:27 pm edit

    Pick me! I wouldn’t even mind if you fell asleep on the couch! Beautiful pictures!

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