The boys and I drove up to Wood Lake in the Okanagan to spend three days with my sister, niece and nephew. We've been having a "cousins" trip like this for several years now, staying at different places around Kelowna. This year only 4 out of the 7 cousins were together and my niece had two of her friends there so it wasn't quite the same. Just the reality I think, as the cousins get older that things will change. We still maintained some of the boys favourite traditions though - they jumped off the dock into the lake, we rented a boat and they tried some new things.
The boys and my nephew went to a gymnastics place together and they also tried paintball for the first time. We've been saying no for quite a few years now but the place we found up there was more like an amusement centre and our three boys were the only ones playing so it felt like an okay situation to give it a try.
They got to go out on a boat twice and loved wakeboarding again. We talked about the year they learned when an adult needed to go in the water with them to boost them to get them up and how we all cheered like crazy as each of them finally got up and stayed up! They've come a long way!
This year, they also got to try wake surfing which they thought was cool. I didn't go out on the boat with them for this (a first!) which was kind of hard for me. As the boys get older, I know I can't be a part of everything in their lives, but I still want to be ;)
My sister had bought a paddleboard and we all enjoyed paddleboarding on the lake. It was so much more stable than paddleboarding in Hawaii!
We had amazing sunsets both nights on the lake. Many photos were taken...
A trip to the Okanagan would not be the same without a few stops for fresh fruit. I stopped at a cherry orchard in Winfield to buy a huge box of cherries and I also picked up some sour cherries and yellow cherries and then we stopped by Paynter's Market in Westbank on our way home for some ice cream and fruit for the road. Stay tuned for some advetures in the kitchen with cherries!