Mid August? Really? How’d we get here already? Weren’t we just doing the countdown to the end of school? Now, as far as the eye can see, signs are screaming “back to school”!
Old Navy has jeans on sale, Wal-Mart is stocked to the gills with back-to-school supplies, and Bentley’s is spilling over with backpacks, pencil cases, and lunchboxes available in every color of the rainbow!
Oh, and there’s the teeny fact that our yearly family road trip to Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) has come to an end.
The car is stuffed with two weeks’ worth of dirty laundry, stale food, worn pillows, sandy beach towels, and buckets of seashells as we make our way back home. All signs of another banger year on the Island.
We’re heading west, somewhere in New Brunswick, at the moment. It’s 9:10 am and we’ve been travelling for four—yes, four—hours already. My husband is accustomed to getting up in the wee hours of the morning for work, so he likes to get on the road at the crack of stupid. Ok, now I’m sounding whiny… Back to it… Back to it…
Despite the worst vacation weather we’ve experienced over the past four summers, we managed to enjoy the Island and all it has to offer—without having to resort to the use of TV and video games.
We toured the Cows Ice Cream Factory where we savoured the best ice cream on the Island, dined at Carr’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant for our usual hearty dose of all things seafood, took in a Ceilidh for the first time, and passed through picturesque Charlottetown on our way to visit with great Island friends (cheers to the whole Wheeler family and Figgy too!). We also walked the Cavendish Boardwalk and made a stop at the one-and-only Toy Factory to get our shopping fix.
We enjoyed tons of laughs with friends who visited from Halifax (thanks for making the trek Brendan, Linda, Samantha, and Biscuit!), had an unforgettable couple of days in Darnley with Grand Poppies and Jill (my Dad and his lovely partner) who flew in from Montreal to tour Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and spent a great—but all too short—visit with Grandpa Creel and Ann (my father-in-law and his wife from Windsor, Nova Scotia).
We discovered a few pluses to the lack of sunshine on the Island. On the days lacking sunshine, we morphed into beachcombers. We combed the Cumberland area beaches (south shore of the Island) for hours at a stretch searching for sea glass.
Talk about a great family pastime! We found sea glass in practically every colour imaginable. We found shades of green, yellow, white, pink, purple, amber, and even a few very-hard-to-find shades of blue (cobalt and cornflower).
The kids squealed with delight each time they found a colour or shape they hadn’t seen before. Ok, I did some of the squealing too. Hunting for sea glass is really fun!
Another plus to the lack of sunshine while on the Island? The amount of reading that fit nicely into our days. Ava read up to page 150 of her Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. And, I am proud to say that I managed to finish reading a book—a huge accomplishment for me these days.
As a wife and mother of three who writes books, crafts blogs, and works a regular day job, there is very little time left in the day for reading. Reading always was and always will be a guilty pleasure of mine. No matter how busy life gets.
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