Mike and I both work Monday to Friday, 9-5 (more or less). Like most people who work during those busy commuter hours, we spend a lot of the time out of the house, and away from our little one. Although we have always really cherished our weekend time with one another, now that we are both back to work full time since my maternity leave, the weekends are even more precious. Two weekends ago, we decided to take a day, and enjoy some much needed family time. Mike, Mia and I headed out first thing Saturday morning to Rockport, Ontario to embark on a full day cruise. The cruise headed to two different castles in the Thousand Islands with a healthy lunch in between visits. Since it was the last day for cruises for the season, our boat was not very full and we had loads of room to stretch out and enjoy.
A good Canadian summer is not complete without a visit (or many visits) to the cottage. After a long Ontario winter, there is nothing like enjoying your morning coffee by the river. Watching the water sparkle in the warm sunshine is the best way to start off your day. Mike and I are very lucky to have access to my parents place in the Thousand Islands all year long, but in the summer we like to try and get up there as often as possible. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts (or as you may have seen on my instagram) their place is on one of the Thousand Islands with an unreal view of the majestic St. Lawrence River. It is a tiny slice of paradise, and I am busting to get there tonight for our 3rd Annual Cottage Weekend with a huge group of our friends!!! On top of that, it is my 30th birthday on Sunday, so the timing couldn’t have worked out better! We will be boating, wake boarding, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding all weekend long! Mike surprised me with a paddle board of my very own last night, and I am thrilled to give it a go on the St. Lawrence this weekend.
Here are a few pictures from our Annual Cottage Weekend last year!
We’ve been so lucky this summer to have already spent a few weekends at the cottage, as well as a weekend at a rental cottage in Quebec where we were graciously hosted by our good friends (and matchmakers!), Maddy & Paul! It was a beautiful new home with an adorable beach house feel close to Notre-Dame-du-Laus, Quebec. The property was stunning, and it was situated on a very peaceful waterway with a killer view of the hilly Quebec countryside. We had an incredible weekend, and it was nice to be at a different cottage exploring a new area! Although having your own cottage is wonderful, being able to venture into unknown territory makes for a fun adventure 🙂
Here are a few snaps from our weekend at the Quebec rental!
Hope you`re all making the most out of your summer holidays!
If you’ve ever visited the Thousand Islands, you’d know it’s an absolutely breathtaking place. The impressively huge St. Lawrence River littered with islands of all sizes is surely a site to see. About ten years ago now my parents bought a piece of land on Howe Island. Howe Island is one of the larger masses, accessible by two ferries, straight across from Wolfe Island, which is the largest of all the islands in the area. It is very quiet with just over 500 year round residents, but in the summer months it is a HUGE hot spot for locals, and tourists looking to enjoy the sparkling open waters. My parents are absolutely in love with their little slice of paradise that, in my opinion, boasts the most beautiful view in the area. They started out building their deck/dock and boat slip, and eventually built their gorgeous house. It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but they did it, and it’s absolutely amazing.
So when faced with the mid-winter blues, and the province of Ontario so kindly gives you a long weekend in February, you take it and run to a place that brings a smile to your face, and for our family, it’s the island. Mike, Kayla and I packed up the car Friday after work and made the very stormy drive to Kingston to pick up Yanik, Kayla’s boyfriend, who trained in from Toronto. The four of us (and Emma!) made our way to Howe Island from there, totally ready to start our long weekend. We woke up Saturday morning to the most gorgeous view over the water. It was so cold that there was a thick rolling cloud over the St. Lawrence, and the blazing sun made absolutely everything sparkle. Before the crew woke up, I ran down to the dock to grab a few photos before heading back to the house to start brunch. There is literally nothing better than a good coffee and a view; we were all in heavenly relaxation mode.
My parents showed up just after lunch, and once they arrived we grabbed our warmest snow gear to hit the trails. It was freezing (-40 degrees Celsius), but we were dressed so well that we all managed to work up a sweat on our 5km hike around the island. My dad was thrilled to give everyone the tour of the Howe Island trails. The rest of the weekend was filled with lounging, binge watching some of our favourite TV series’, playing scattegories, and an awesome pancake and mimosa Valentine’s Day brunch. It was a great weekend, and I can’t wait to make our way to Howe Island again soon…hopefully when the weather is a little warmer, and we can make good use of that epic dock!
I'm Jessie, and welcome to Cool, Calm & Cozy!
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