A few days before school began good friends graciously let us stay in their lake house. I must say when I think of myself I imagine the beach as ideal for vacation mode, but after this lake trip I must say I am a full convert. Most schools already began in the area so the lake was empty and still. I felt a pure peace that I hadn't felt in awhile. We canoed, ate well, and just watched the children have the time of their lives. Although both can swim quite well we decided that life jackets were a requirement just incase they grew tired. Even I wore one for the long swims and I know my swimming skills or lack of could not save a soul. Safety first, right? Needless to say a lake shack is officially on my wish list. Ha.