There's nothing better than the lazy long weekends of summer.
In the past, for my family, long weekends meant a crazy, crowded, fun-filled trip to my parents' cottage with my brothers and sisters-in-law and their kids - morning walks through the dunes, nun-soaked afternoons on the beach, beer-and-barbeque-filled days stretching long into evening sunsets and starry nights on the big beachfront deck. Those weekends were wonderful, what family memories are made of.
Last year, though, my parents sold the family cottage and bought a home on the water instead.
So our long weekends have turned local - a time to sleep in, to sip morning coffee in the sunshine on the back deck and afternoon wine in the sun-dappled garden, to play in the pool and hit the local fairs and festivals, to do some outdoor field tripping and patioing, to sit out by the campfire late into the nights roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and lighting fireworks in the park.
What a lovely way to spend our lazy summer long weekends.