It's been almost two weeks since the last post. We managed to slip away for a family holiday at my parents' cabin in Point Clark for 8 days. We spent part of our time with friends, managed to convince Ashley (caregiver) to stay with us, and we finished our week with some of my extended family joining us.

On our last day, we drove our van as furiously as we could while pulling a camping trailer that had three bikes and two IV poles on top to Niagara to catch the final World Cup game. The Dutch defeat did not crowd out our joy for a good week away, but a win would have been a great way to finish our holiday.

Here are a few snapshots of the week away:

Hooray, Hooray, we got away!

She crossed her feet all on her own on the ball. Such a natural.

Hooray for Holland! (Tuesday's match)

A walk in the rain to cool off from the oppressive humidity

Big sister Emily giving Janneke a flush while we drive - to avoid extra stops.

A glimpse of Sunday's game -
the little conquistador (Matthew) scores on the Dutchie.

Chillaxin' with Ashley in the hammock.

What vacation isn't complete without several trips to the local laundromat? The dear ladies at Penny's Laundromat in Kincardine noticed that I was washing only bibs (finishing the drying on the line at the cottage), so when I returned for the second washing later in the week, they took the load, washed, dried, and folded for a special price. Love that! Crazy fact: We used more than 150 bibs in 8 days.

Now we are back at it again. Ralph's in Bowmanville for the week (work-related), Janneke had another hearing test today, and Rachel's dealing with some pain related to her g-tube. Nothing too serious, but I hope she mends soon. Thanks to nurse Betty and Kirsten, the pile of laundry are much smaller tonight. Em and Soph are busy with soccer and sunshine, but they miss the cottage already. To brighten their day, tomorrow cousin Alanna is coming over to make another submarine out of a new cardboard box.

Peace. Have a good week.

And healing to you, our favourite Caleb Brand.