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Last month, I received one of those emails this blogging mama loves… An invitation to bring the entire family on a weekend getaway to Skerston Shores Beach Resort & Campground along the Canadian shoreline of Lake Erie.
Well, let me think about that for a… Um… Yes!
So, we kicked off the kids’ first day of summer vacation by piling them and way too much luggage and STUFF in our red minivan and heading northwest to pick up Cliff’s mom before crossing the border into Canada. The kids were so excited to be in another country, you would think they were in Uganda by the way they were ooo’ing and ahh’ing. But once we were in Canada it was only a short 20-minute drive before we were pulling into our new cottage home for the next 4 days. Here are our favorite Sherston Shores memories and the painted stones I made to preserve them…
Painted Stones to Preserve our Sherkston Shores Memories
When we arrived on the first day, it was pretty dreary and rainy. But we had done our research ahead of time and upon learning that Sherkston Resort covers a whopping 560 acres and 2 and a half miles of sandy beachfront, we reserved a big old golf cart that could haul all 6 of us around – rain or shine! (And, no, Sawyer did not drive the golf cart, as much as he would have loved to.)
Before heading out on an adventure, though, we got everything settled in our cottage. I was so impressed by how clean and modern the cottages were. Ours had a bedroom with a queen bed for Cliff and me, plus two more bedrooms each with bunk beds, and a pull-out couch in the open living room. Then, of course, there was a full bathroom and a kitchen with pots, pans, dishes and all!
We learned quickly that we didn’t need to be worried about the rain. Those 560 acres don’t just include outdoor activities. The arcade and on-site restaurant were awesome!
The rain stopped so we could have some outdoor fun the rest of the weekend. The kids loved the splash pad and pools. They weren’t brave enough for the water slides. But I was super proud that they all tried the Bungee Trampoline!
My most favorite part of our entire Sherkston Shores family vacation? Our time on the beach. Yes, it was cold and windy. No, we didn’t spend more than an hour there at a time. But to see my kids frolic in the waves of Lake Erie…
To see J.C.’s eyes grow wide as he saw waves for the first time…
To see my Priscilla giggle when she barely caught her hat from being blown in the wind…
To slowly walk the shoreline with no other care than to find the perfect stones for painting these perfect memories…
Thank you, Sherkston Shores!
Make sure you check out the Sherkston Shores website to see their wide range of amenity options, from tent sites, RV sites and rental cabins at the campground to luxury lakefront cottage rentals and seasonal vacation cottage ownership.
Here’s how to make your own Vacation Memory Painted Stones:
- smooth clean stones
- white acrylic paint
- paint brush
- paint tray or plate
- fine point permanent markers
- ultra fine point drawing pen
Paint the top of your stones with a coat or two of white acrylic paint. My white paint happened to be pearlized, so it looks a little silver. That worked, too.
Once the white paint is completely dry, use fine point markers to make colorful pattern borders around the white painted tops of the stones.
Use the ultra fine point pen to add some details to the borders of your painted stones. Then, use the pen to write a different vacation memory on each stone, and you’re all done!
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