Do you have a favorite place you like to get away to in the summer? Our family does. It’s our lake cabin. To most who come and visit, it may not seem like anything fancy or upscale, but to us, it’s paradise. It’s our escape from the work week, from the busyness of life. It’s where we go to spend time with family and friends, play in the water all day, enjoy good food and drinks, tell stories in front of the fire and fall asleep to the sounds of crickets and frogs. We like to call it Zenner’s Rezort, and it really is a dream come true for us.
Even before Josh and I got married we would talk about our goals, our dreams – and having a little place on a lake was very close to the top of the list. We’ve worked hard climbing the corporate ladder at our day jobs to save enough to make our dream a reality. Three years ago we purchased our cabin, and we’ve never looked back since.
Our little getaway is just a 45-minute drive up north from our home, and on Fridays when I pull onto the property with the kids in tow, I just close my eyes for a minute, inhale and exhale. I’m thankful for this place and so are they. We’re right where we want to be. In fact, it’s the place Josh and I celebrate our anniversary each year. There are so many other beautiful places on this earth we could getaway to, but every year we’re just drawn back to our little cabin, and we look forward to the time together each and every year.
We try to entertain as much as possible up north at the cabin. The kids love having overnight sleepovers with their friends and cousins, and for us, it’s a way to just unwind and re-connect with the family and friends we love the most. I can remember back to when we closed on the property. Autumn was already setting in. Take a look at how beautiful the road to the boat landing gets in the fall. Gorgeous.
Anyway, the weekend after we purchased the cabin, we took our son, Dane, up for the first time along with all the supplies needed for making s’mores. Josh built us a fire, and there we stood in our winter jackets, roasting our marshmallows over the open flames as a celebration of what was soon to become the place where almost all of our summer memories would be made. Dane still remembers that day (as we hoped he would) – and the tradition of making s’mores up north at the cabin is still alive and well.
Almost every weekend we’re up north, we’re making s’mores. During the day when we make them, it’s easy to send the kids right into the lake to wash off the gooey mess, but often in the evening when the swimming is done and everyone has eaten dinner, we build a fire and just relax a bit before bed. Of course, the s’mores may come out again. Alright, they DO. What do we do about clean-up when we can’t dunk the kids in the lake? Wet-Nap wipes, of course.
I’ve been around the block a few times regarding wipes (believe me). Wet-Nap wipes are softer and stronger than any of the others I’ve tried and I love that they have aloe in them so they don’t dry out the kids’ skin (or mine for that matter). Before we head up north, I stop at Walmart, pick up all my groceries and throw a canister of these magical wipes into the cart, too.
Wet-Nap wipes have actually become part of our little s’mores caddy that we keep at the cabin, and for good reason – oozing marshmallows, melting chocolate, dripping peanut butter all over face and bodies of little children who care about nothing more than getting the deliciousness into their tummies.
In fact, I had to actually caution Dane that he was about to eat a plastic straw wrapper – he had no clue. Speaking of plastic straw wrappers, do you find these strewn all over your yard, too? It’s a phenomenon that continues to occur and we just can’t figure it out. The kids say they throw them away. . .hmmmmm.
When he attempted to remove the wrapper from his s’more it ended up on his face. Then it stuck to his fingers. . .can you see the pine pitch already on his hands? How do little boys get so dirty? Well, as much as I don’t really like dirt, I do like to see it on him because it makes me happy. To me, the dirt means, “Mom, I’ve had an awesome day! I’ve had tons of fun, I’m completely exhausted and I’m going to fall asleep as soon as I hit my pillow.” Yep, it’s what we call a really great day. Oh, and if you’re wondering if Wet-Nap wipes can remove pine pitch. . .they can.
For your next camping, picnic excursion or getaway to YOUR special place, don’t forget to take Wet-Nap with you! Here’s a $.55 coupon for any Wet-Nap product you desire (while supplies last). Most of the time, Wet-Nap products can be found in the Napkin/Paper goods aisle. When I purchased mine, I found them in the toiletries aisle next to the hand soap. Enjoy the rest of the summer, and don’t be afraid to get messy or let your kids get messy – it means everyone has had a GREAT day!