Putting three small children together in a cottage was harder than anyone expected. They weren’t good at sharing but they were good at screaming. We heard a lot of screaming. There was so much screaming. All hope of a relaxing cottage getaway was dashed with the first shriek of “No! It’s mine!” We adults spent the trip chasing kids and dogs but I guess that’s what parents are for.
The best strategy was to keep the kids busy. Uncle Fred went hunting for critters and came up a winner. He caught a frog, which the kids were thrilled with, and came very close to catching a snake. Snakes are mighty quick!
They played with trains and Play-Doh and bubbles; all of which kept them busy and fighting with each other. They did behave pretty well on our shopping trips to Wal-Mart. The best place in all of Cheboygan is the Wal-Mart Supercenter; groceries and bargains under one roof.
We cooked together and shared the cost of food, feasting on such childhood delicacies as hotdogs, Kraft Dinner and Hamburger Helper. We don’t regularly eat that way, but it was a yummy retrospective on the food I loved as a kid.
The grown-ups got some down-time in the evening, when the kids fell asleep. We played a bunch of games of both the board and video persuasion. We managed enough time to work in, among other things, a six hour game of Risk and a complete round-robin Bomberman tournament.
I think the best day for adults and kids alike, was the day we went to the beach at Cheboygan State Park. The kids had fun running around, playing in the sand and splashing in the water. The big boys had fun digging a big hole. They called it an engineering project, to make it seem like they were doing something more important than they really were. The beach, on Duncan Bay in Lake Huron, was lovely and sandy with nice, clear warm water that stayed shallow quite a distance out. It costs $8.00 for an out of state car to enter the day use area but we found a public road that ended 200 metres away from the beach, so we parked for free and walked in.
After the beach, we were all out of ideas and the kids were still at each other’s throats. We decided to call it quits at the cottage and head down to Frankenmuth for some shopping and chicken.
The cottage is beautiful and in a lovely and private location. Maybe next year the kids will get along better and everyone will be able to relax. It was a good idea to spend an extra day in Frankenmuth, anyway. I’ll tell you about our stay there next time.