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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sometimes when it rains, it pours!

We've just returned from our annual two week holiday at the cottage.  Those two weeks are coveted and something we count down to, each year.  Usually, we have wonderful weather during the last two weeks of July, but, not this year.  The weather was cool and gloomy, and we had to find alternative activities from our usual.

When, it rains at the cottage the days can be long.  The children can start to bicker, and mom and dad get frustrated quickly.  The wonderful thing about a multi generational cottage is there are many treasures left over the years,  to be discovered later.  The kids found old puzzles to put together and games to play.  Then, Jillian discovered the lectern and all it held inside!


Staying busy at the cottage in soggy weather

This old lectern was full of office supply type materials.  Quickly, though we realized that we needed to restock and upgrade the contents of the lectern a bit.    We planned a  road trip to the closest city to visit Staples, where I knew we would find all sorts of office supplies, to bring the lectern into the year 2013.


Markers, Pencils & Pens 
One thing the cottage is always in desperate need of is new writing utensils.  I am not sure if it is simply that the cottage is uninsulated and the cold of winter, but, finding a pen or pencil that works properly seems next to impossible.  Staples had rows upon rows for the kids to chose from.

Tape & Glue
Inside the lectern all the kids could find, was some old masking tape.  I am guessing from the colour,  it's left over from when I was a child.  They picked out some new glue sticks, and invisible tape for their stash.

Paper
Buying a package or two of paper was an awesome addition to the lectern.  The kids used their new markers to draw pictures of the cottage, to hang on the fridge  

Envelopes
Letter writing seems to becoming a lost art.  Yet, at the cottage where there isn't any internet it is a great way for the kids to get in touch with cousins or grandparents.  They wrote letters and drew pictures and then stuffed the envelopes to send home.


Now that the lectern is stocked with office supplies, we are ready for the next rainy day at the cottage.    Of course, we prefer sunshine and warm temperatures, so we can get to the beach, but we'll take what we get when we're on vacation.








Disclaimer:  This post is brought to you by Staples.  All opinions reflected are those of the blog author. 

25 comments:

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That stinks that you got a round of bad weather this year! I'm glad Jillian found a way to occupy her time though!

Janet said...

Glad you found other ways to keep busy! Sounds like you had fun anyway!

Pip444 said...

We've been having cool and rainy weather here in Alberta too. Nice to see it hasn't dampened your spirits. Jillian looks like she is enjoying some indoor fun.

Soozle said...

That seems to be the way it is across Canada this year - cool and wet!

I'm glad to hear you were able to keep the kids entertained and enjoy your time away! :D

2012july said...

It's amazing how many interesting things can be done on a rainy day if you have a good supply of stationery products!

Vesper Meikle said...

Well Newfoundland has had quite a few hot days - 30C+, plus thunder storms. As children we always had a box of board games to keep us occupied

Jeannie Lam said...

We had a pretty dry summer in vancouver, but when it started to rain, it just wouldn't stop. Glad to hear you found something to do while it was storming outside.

carschick2000 said...

Sorry to hear that your cottage vacation got rained out! Glad to hear that you made the most of it!

Jena said...

I'm an office supply nut. Paper? Pens? Sharpies? Heaven! Put me in a Staples for an hour on a rainy afternoon & I'd be in heaven. And then they always have those little unexpected things, too.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

Lecterns are unheard of these days. That is sooooo cool.

josiefiorda said...

oh bad weather sucks! Glad you found a way to occupy the time!

Flo said...

I had my grand kids home for a visit. We planned many activities for the unpredictable weather we get. Story books and games came in handy a couple of times.

Florence c

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

I'm glad that you found other fun ways to occupy your time!

flowerchild said...

We have ran spoil our weekend plans, it is great that you still enjoyed yourself and found something for the kids to do.

Sydney said...

I don't like rain. At least it's good for the plants.

Erika E said...

I like shopping for stationery. Hopefully next time you go you'll have better weather but if you happen to stay inside, you're ready!

Olivia @ This West Coast Mommy said...

Rainy vacations suck, but at least you were all together and had fun anyway. :-)

Judy C said...

Too bad you had bad weather this year but it sounds like you made the best of it. The best part of a vacation is being together. (Judy Cowan)

Victoria S said...

At least you were able to make the best of it! Letter writing IS a lost art!

Victoria Ess

Debbie said...

We haven't had too many rainy days until now, but it's fall. I can't complain.
(Debbie W)

Amy said...

rainy days are the worst, what a great idea to stock up ahead of time.

Lindsay Cyr said...

I'm glad that the kids found something fun to occupy their time. Rainy days can actually be nice once in a while :)

2012july/Cheryl Grandy said...

It's amazing what interesting things can be done with paper, glue, tape and writing implements. And I'm sure that the people receiving your letters were pleased and surprised - somehow receiving letters and pictures in the mail is more special than the electronic ones.

Annie1 said...

I used to love playing in the rain when I was a kid and now as an adult there's nothing better than a walk on the beach when its raining!

I'm glad your kids found some hidden treasures to play with.

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Bons said...

I'm glad you made good use of your time. I hate rainy weather!