Magnus was worried about the bees.
I’m feeling all sorts of pride at the fact that Michael and I managed a quick little weekend away with our 3 boys, so I had to share…be warned there are A LOT of pictures, but even these were cut down from hundreds that we took.
We wanted to take a short trip that was close to home but still far enough away that we couldn’t just jump in the car and come home if things got tough, I guess maybe I didn’t have too much faith in us or our kids, but truth be told as badly as I wanted a little getaway, I was also worried about how we could handle three small kids…being outnumbered and all that.
So Michael and I settled on Prince Edward County. Its the up and coming vacation spot around the Toronto area, and many trendy shops, restaurants and hotels have sprung up lately, so we wanted to see what the fuss was about.
We booked in two nights at The Edward bed and breakfast, jumped in the car and hoped for the best. Three and a half hours of horrible Toronto traffic later, one wrong arrival thanks to our GPS, a baby-feed in a random canola field and we finally arrived in the county.
Visiting Lavender fields has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, so I was probably the most excited out of everyone to get there and see the rows on rows of beautiful rolling purple. As soon as you walked toward the flowers you could hear a steady buzzing coming from the hundreds (not even joking) of bees doing their thing on the blooms. The smell was so subtle but calming too, my bucket list now has “nap in the lavender field” on it, because it was all I could think of.
The visit was perfect after a long drive because the boys were able to run around and play. They burned off all their pent up energy and finished it off with some homemade lavender lemonade. Henrik mostly napped in the stroller so we were mostly on our own.
Then it was time to head to the Norman Hardie Winery for some pizza. The outdoor stove and terrace were perfect. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to eat. The breeze kept Henrik busy and interested in looking about, and the rocks on the side were a good jungle gym for the kids after dinner. We even met a couple seated next to us with a baby boy about Henrik’s age and two older boys as well. There’s an unspoken solidarity amongst parents of three boys I feel, and its pretty funny to see another mom’s face when she realizes there’s another family just like hers. We get each other. Also this couple is my family vacation idol as they had rented a large camper to take from site to site for a family trip. Next year we are so doing that! How much fun would the kids have?!
how Magnus managed to get so dirty at dinner is a mystery
It was then time to head to our Bed and Breakfast. We were lucky enough to get to stay at The Edward. An old farmhouse run by two sisters, Jessica and Rebecca, their husbands Payam and Manolis, and their sweet little baby girl. The boys loved the large lawn and all the bunnies and critters, country living comes with. Johannes even found a teeny tiny grasshopper as big as an ant! I didn’t even know there were grasshoppers that tiny. He told me that it was a baby grasshopper and maybe he’s right.
Our room was large and comfortable, we had no problems fitting all five us in one space. With a queen bed, a double and our portable crib, it was kind of perfect. The one thing I did bring from home which I think helped was our sound machine. It helped to block out the noise and Henrik slept like a baby! Jessica and Rebecca even set up a change station for us to use with Henrik. But I think my favourite part of our stay had to be breakfast. On our first morning Payam made us delicious poached eggs on mushrooms and the second we had paper thin crepes with all the fixings. Our regular cereal breakfast just doesn’t compare.
We spent our Saturday at the Sandbanks Provincial Park beach. Henrik mostly napped, the older boys ran up the sand dunes and swam in the lake, and I didn’t take out my camera once (although I did take quite a few iPhone photos). We had dinner and the Lake on the Mountain Inn and so our weekend came to a close.
It was short but sweet, and I can’t wait to go back maybe next summer.
Travelling with small kids isn’t really easy, there’s a lot of planning and preparation that goes into even a short two day stay. The boys aren’t always good, sometimes they fight and they can be loud in the car. But if there’s one thing that I want for them, its to have great childhood memories. I want them to look back at this time and remember it fondly, remember Michael and I fondly. I think its worth the tired eyes at the end of a trip.