6.21.2012

our little canoe trip

19 people
6 dogs
9 canoes
1 cabin
several coolers
constant laughs

But, you want to know my favorite part of the trip?
At one point during our final day of canoeing, the sun had just started to lower and I had just started to relax enough to close my eyes and listen. I heard Dan paddle against the calm current. I heard Sherm snoring with his big head hanging out one side of the canoe. And I had a little moment. I can't really explain it because it was too quick and too private. But, in that moment I saw my life as it is right now. Right at that very moment. And I took it all in and I didn't let go.

And then I got sick and lost my voice.
Tah-Dah!

Gosh I love the river.
And Sherm swimming. And husband paddling.
And me sitting in a lawn chair not burning a single calorie. Not a one.
And I love the fact that I am lucky enough to enjoy these little moments with husband and lab.
So very lucky.

77 comments:

  1. These pictures are so cute! Sherman acts like a little human- sitting in the lawn chair. So cute. Looks like you had a great time!

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  2. such perfection! And Sherm has stolen my heart, honest to goodness, that dog!

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  3. These pictures are great. Makes me want to get on the river stat!

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  4. What a beautiful post! Sounds like so much fun, and just what I'll be doing next weekend! This has made me even more excited :)

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  5. this makes me want to canoe! looks like such a fun trip. those glasses are out of control, ha!

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  6. This looks/sounds like an amazing time!!

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  7. I read the caption in the 5th picture too quickly and thought it said, 'some sluts' ...I peed a little.

    PS: I love "little moments" ...love them.

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  8. love this. those moments are the best!

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  9. The Sherms is SO serious up there. I love him and that regal face.


    Also, I love that you named your "son" Sherman. Do I need to bring up the woman at the grocery store again!? Hahaha.

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  10. Girl you take the best pictures!!!! Love all of them! :)

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  11. i love canoeing!
    what a fun holiday

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  12. looks like sucha fun time!

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  13. this looks like an excellent trip! hubby and i are coming next time, k? ok.

    (:

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  14. I have had one of those same exact moments....loved it!! I was sitting outside with the boys on our porch a few weeks ago while it was raining.

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  15. LOVE your brown dog!!
    and those sunglasses, i will tell you that my clinical instructor had some that looked like that but they were white.
    gross.
    gotta bottle up those memories as they hit you!

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  16. Sounds like such a peaceful little moment (and a crazy fun trip). And that first photo of Sherman? ADORABLE! xo

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  17. Sorry if you get 2 comments from me with basically the same words, but I swear my comment to you just disappeared! 1.) I love when those moments happen where you just stop and enjoy everything you have and 2.) You look so gosh darn cute in that hat!!!

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  18. You are totally lucky my love. The part about taking it all in and holding on to it, I need to do that more often. Thanks for the inspiration.
    xx
    justyn

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  19. That looks so fun! We're going kayaking later this summer, this just makes me look forward to it even more!

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  20. Seriously sounds like the best trip ever. I want to come next time...hope that's not weird :)

    I always think of the Jim/Pam wedding episode of "The Office" when those moments happen that you will fight tooth and nail to take it all in and you just want to hold on to forever and you have to take a mental picture.

    Click.

    If you never saw the show, or that episode, look it up. very sweet :)

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  21. looks like such a great time! loving all the pictures. glad you were able to enjoy yourself like you did.

    life is so good.

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  22. Sounds like you had an awesome time.......and Sherman is just so cute!!!!

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  23. Looks like you guys had an awesome trip! Sometimes we forget how precious life is so I love the fact that you can sit back and enjoy the moment and take it all in. And I so want a chocolate lab now.

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  24. Wow looks amazing! So glad you had a good time :) And Sherman is adorable! I'm sure he loved canoeing. I loved the moment you described too. Being on a lake will do that for sure.
    Hope you're feeling better!

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  25. To find that "sweet spot"... Perfection. I find these at our family's CABIN! perfection indeed.
    Glad you had this!!!!
    Xoxo

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  26. Love that last picture of a passed out puppy! Looks like a good time was had by all.

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  27. Lucky indeed! Gotta love those moments!

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  28. and somehow your words made me appreciate even this day, where i find myself unproductive and in bed with a migraine.

    at least i'm lucky enough to realize it.

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  29. sounds like this would be the most perfect vacation. seriously.
    looks like so much fun.
    as always, lovin the pup.

    K

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  30. Your dog is gorgeous, same breed as mine but looks a little more adventurous than mine!
    http://jsbeautyandstyle.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  31. Now that looks like a good time. I'm so glad you had your special moment. They're often too few and far between.

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  32. how fun!! I wanna go.

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  33. Sounds like the perfect trip!!! I am glad you were able to find a reflective moment on your trip ;)

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  34. Aww, how fun! It reminds of of the tubing trips we used to do down the river with our friends back in the day before we had kids. =) Fun times!

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  35. Seriously looks like such a fun time! and the pup is wayyy too cute!

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  36. sounds like a dream! except the whole 19 people 6 dogs and 1 cabin! i hope some people slept in tents?

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  37. Looks like an amazing trip!

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  38. Sounds perfect. Glad you got to enjoy a blissful moment like that!

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  39. Oh man.. you were not sarcastic at all, you were so sweet and honest and I loved it.

    And then you were sarcastic and I loved you just the same.


    You know how I feel about that top picture. you know.

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  40. Looks so fun! I love swimming with my dog!

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  41. i love those special little moments! and sherm - gooooodness, what a cutie! looks like you all had a blast!

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  42. Your trip looks amazing. And the laughs look real - totally not fake. And I love special moments when you realize how much you love your life. I search for those every day. And your bathing suit. I may have the same one in black. See... we could be best friends too!

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  43. Aw I love this post! These pictures are fabulous. It wouldn't be a vacation if you burned a calorie. Haha

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  44. This post made me feel all happy and content, as if I was there! I love trips/days/moments like that- where everything seems just right.
    Sherman is adorable, as ever- that picture of you and him is just fantastic!

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  45. What an awesome trip! Looks like an amazing time and perfect for a lab to tag along!

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  46. That is a perfect day!!! I'm so jealous of your summer pictures while i'm in the snow in Alaska!!!

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  47. Sherman looks quite dapper in that top pic.

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  48. Awww you're too cute. I can't imagine that many people in one cabin. Sure to be a rockin good time. lol

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  49. That sounds like a blast! I need friends who canoe (we are already good about the coolers).

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  50. Sounds perfect, and looks even better! Love the top pic, you guys are like rockstars ;)
    xoxo

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  51. What a beautiful post! I love the moments (the very few) where I feel fully present. It's great you took the time to appreciate what you have, some very wonderful things.

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  52. Ohh gosh, the one of your pup lounging in the chair is TOO freaking cute!! Love the pictures!

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  53. no way could I take Westley on a trip like that. He is not the brightest of doggies, I'm sure he'd run away and get lost. What he lacks in brains he sure makes up for in love though.

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  54. Sherman looks like a statue in that first pic and I bet he was in water heaven.

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  55. Ahhh totally jealous of your peaceful trip!!

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  56. Ahh those moments are the best. Its like peace and content all wrapped up with a pretty little bow!

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  57. Aw what a sweet pup! We have a chocolate lab too :) They're so much fun to have around!

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  58. In the midst of winter here in Australia that sounds absolutely amazing! So jealous, sorry about your voice!

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  59. I have both the black and yellow bandeaus!! Tar-jay, right!? Love them. Great minds think alike! And, you said we needed to talk about the whole spider vs. dog thing...LOL! Okay, maybe I overstepped my boundaries!!
    xo,
    Shanna

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  60. Your dog is adorable! Love the fake laugh my sister & I dothat all the time in pictures haha

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  61. That sounds so wonderful not to mention relaxing! And how do you get your photos so lovely? They have a great vintage kind of quality!

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  62. i do the fake laugh too! it makes a good picture! haha

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  63. Beautiful blog..
    Kisses from Italy! :-*

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  64. Looks like sooo much fun :) I love the sun and the river!

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  65. Labs always look happiest when there's water involved. Glad all 3 of you had fun, sad you lost your voice right after it was done.

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  66. I love little private moments like that. When you just feel the love and joy and everything around you. Those are the best moments in our chaotic lives. :) Sherm looks so unbelievably happy on this canoe trip, I must admit!

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  67. Love this post. Beautiful pictures...sounds like so much fun. & those little moments are the best...minus the whole getting sick & losing your voice thing; that's never fun, but totally worth it!

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  68. Sounds like the perfect weekend!

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  69. Canoeing is so much fun. Last time I went we ended up tipping over. Twice. Still fun. :)

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  70. Your canoe trip looks amazing!!!

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  71. Fun!! We are loading up kayaks and going fishing on sunday!

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  72. Your dog looks like he is just having so much fun!

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  73. What a fun trip! & love your pup. I had a Chocolate lab, Chip. He reminds me of mine :)
    Rachel
    @lifeasMrs

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  74. Sherman is adorable! Your blog is making me want a dog again :) Great pictures!

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