Snapshots of a Family Vacation

by Abby on August 22, 2012

Some scenes from our annual family vacation at the lake:

scuba dude

Anyone for scuba?

On a walk with 3 kids, ages 6, 5, and 3

“Guys, see that flower? It’s called Queen Anne’s lace. Isn’t it pretty?”

The kids pick it, sniff it. One says, “It kind of smells like poop.”

“Yeah, it smells like POOP!” the others agree. Giggles all around.

Big dead stuffed bearAt the nature center

The kids run around marveling at the fish, frogs, snakes, and turtles in tanks. There is also a large stuffed bear.

Kids: “Is that alive?”

Dad: “It was, but now it’s not. It’s stuffed.”

Kids: “So it’s dead?”

Dad: “Well, yeah.”

Kids: “WHEN was it dead, Daddy? How did it GET dead? Are there real bears here, Daddy?!”

On a hike

NightshadeMy niece and I pick a bouquet of flowers on a nature walk to bring home to my mother. (NOT including Queen Anne’s lace.) Later that evening after the kids are in bed, looking at the lovingly handpicked blooms displayed in a water glass, Gram says, “That one’s deadly nightshade. I didn’t want to say anything earlier.”

Me: “So, wait. It’s poisonous? It can KILL you?”

“Well, slightly.” Huh. I didn’t realize there were degrees of deadliness.

Miles fishing from the dockFishing

Kids: “Can we go fishing now? Fishing! Fishing! Daddy, take us fishing!”

Dad: “OK. Who’s going to put the worm on the hook?”

Kids: “Ewwww! Worms are slimy! Gross!”

Sitting on the dock, a power boat goes by, creating waves.

“Aaaaahhh! Scary! Daddeeee!” The 3yo screams in fear as the dock rocks gently.

Dad: “Hey, we caught one! Guys, come look.”

chain pickerel fishKids: “Aaaaahhh! It’s scary! I don’t like that fish!”

In their defense, this particular fish WAS sort of scary. We learned later at the nature center that it was a chain pickerel, which is apparently a voracious carnivore that attacks prey several times its size.

Maybe the kids should stick to picking stinky, poisonous flowers.

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jetts31 August 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Sounds a lot like conversations I have with my kids.


Abby August 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I knew you’d be able to relate to this post. 🙂


Maureen August 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm

LOL! Sounds like an awesome vacation 🙂 I like Gram’s comment the best though. The kids and I miss you. Dylan wanted to have a play date with Miles today. Come home soon but don’t bring us any stinky flowers or killer fish


Abby August 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Miss you guys, too! We have a couple Star Wars board games here that D would love.


Stacy B August 23, 2012 at 8:21 am

Very cool vacation… Queen Ann’s lace must smell bad, my 2 year old niece also told me recently that it smells like poop!


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