This year's Port Hope week was certainly memorable, more so than other years. For starters, we were without power from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday afternoon, the longest I have ever experienced being without power. Thankfully we had a gas stove and a gas water heater and my parents' house doesn't have AC anyways, so it really wasn't too noticeable to be without power (until I took a look in the mirror at my air-dried hair;)). At first we thought we would be without power for the majority of the week so we did get to the point where we (well, Mom) did laundry outside, actually putting those old washboards to use. I was napping when the power came back on unexpectedly and I could hear everyone outside yelling "The power's back on! The power's back on!" It was quite the celebration. ;)
This year was also probably the biggest work project that's been undertaken in a while. Dad and the brothers-in-law got a ton of work done on the outside of the store across the street (that will hopefully be a restaurant within the year!) as they put up siding and framed out columns. Even just halfway done, the store looks so different and so good. Its exciting to see the progress being made and to dream of the end product!
The rest of the week was full of all those things we look forward to each year: walks across the street for ice cream cones, playing outside all day, driving around town on the Mule and taking bike rides, playing with vintage toys at Grandad Dean and Grandma Carol's house, and dinners spent out in the party barn with the entire family, all with blessedly cool weather as the backdrop. It was fun to see Jake really interact with his aunts and uncles and great aunts and uncles this year, as opposed to last year when he wasn't talking yet. He had everyone's names down by the end of the week and would talk everyone's ear off whenever he had the chance. I've never seen him warm up to people so quickly! Seriously, when he sees our neighbors at church (who babysit him every Wednesday) he still acts shy around them. So I was amazed to see him jump right into conversation with all his aunts and uncles.
We toured the depot with Grandad Dean, which Jake was pretty excited to see. We celebrated Cana's third birthday with hot fudge sundaes and tie dye attire for the 5-and-under crowd. Jake was allll about Isaac and Cana this year. Every time he entered a room and saw Isaac, he'd say "HI!" and tell him all about what he was just doing or show him what he was holding. Isaac was so gracious to humor him each time. ;) And man, if I thought Jake's vocabulary was exploding before, its nothing compared to now after a week with his cousins! (And he's still talking about all those ice cream cones!)
As always, I come home from Port Hope seriously missing all my family and those 70 degree days. Thankfully we get to see everyone again at Christmas, rather than waiting an entire year!