Monday, July 23, 2012

Just what I needed

I'm home. We got here Saturday night, after 8 glorious days in the sunshine of Sorrento. It couldn't have been more perfect. It was hot and sunny and the lake was lovely. We swam every day, ate delicious food pretty much all the time, read magazines and books {I finished two whole novels!} and revelled in the great outdoors. It was exactly what I needed and I only wish it could have lasted longer. We all had a wonderful time. The boys got to play with their cousins, I got to spend oodles of time with my sister, and Alan finally got to read The Hunger Games. You can't really ask for a better vacation than that.

Forgive the photo overload, but I just can't say {and show} enough good things about this little piece of paradise...

The house, at the centre of the resort property, is called Spes Bona. It's Latin for "good hope."

Happy feet {my sister's and mine}

Shuswap Lake

We spent every afternoon at the beach

My dear friend Kelly came to visit, and we had so much fun!

Sawyer's favourite steps

Cousins who give "under-ducks" are the best cousins ever

This way to the beach!

Sister time by the lake

Water baby

And his big brother!

The gardens at Sorrento Centre are gorgeous.


Spes Bona in the evening sun.

Visiting the farm.

One berry happy boy

Our cabana. Basic but it fit the bill perfectly.

Freezie tongue!

The boys were always happy to be on their bikes.

Especially Dylan. He was on his every chance he got.

My favourite spot

Enjoying our morning latté

Sunset over Sorrento

Now that we're home, we're settling back into our summertime routine. There'll be trips to the library, the park and the beach. Projects around the house to tackle. Friends to visit. Books to read. And a few summer camps for the kids. Oh, and I've got that Grade 1 classroom to set up and an Australian houseguest to get ready for! And let's not forget my 2012 manifesto... it's quite a long list. Good thing there are six weeks left of summer holidays, huh? I have a feeling they're going to fill up fast.

Hope your summer is going well. Anything exciting happening in your part of the world?


  1. Oh it looks like you had the most amazing time. Very relaxed and beautiful location. Your boys look like they had a great time too. x

    1. It really was amazing, Gracie. Loved every second, even when it was swelteringly hot (I think I just made that word up). Best part of my summer so far!

      Really looking forward to the part when you come to visit, too!

  2. Erin it looks so peaceful and relaxing, especially that view of the lake! I love the blur that is Dylan too!

    1. You'd love it, Cassie. It was bliss!
      Perhaps next summer will have to take a break from it though and head to your part of the world? This time we'll spend loads of time together, right? Right!

      PS: Dylan really was a blur much of the time. He loved flying down the hill and speeding past our cabana!

  3. Looking at your photos reminds me of family vacations we used to take when I was little. I can't wait t make memories like that with my kids one day! This looks like an amazing place to relax and spend time with the ones you love. I'm glad you had such a great trip!

    1. Thanks, Lauryn! It was really great, and so, so relaxing...

      Your recent weekend away looks like it was pretty fab, too!

  4. Lovely pictures! Seems like the perfect summer vacation. I am glad you had a wonderful time with your family! Enjoy the next 6 weeks. Isn't reading on vacation the best?

    1. Thanks, Marcia! I thought they were lovely, too. All twenty or so of them :)

      Just back from the library where I picked up another stack of good books to read on the beach, in the park, in bed at night... I can't get enough to read lately!

  5. Now that's quintessential summer right there. Love it all!


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