*8Things: Family Cabin

*8Things iconMy parents recently moved into their dream retirement get-away on a small island in the Puget Sound. While it’s far more than a cabin, the unfinished basement with it’s bunk beds and pool toys has a distinct “family cabin” feel. Here are some of the items that remind me of every family cabin I’ve ever been to — and each one fills me with nostalgic joy.

1. Signature Towels:  To cut down on laundry, each kid has $7 towel from Walmart. If you picked Sponge Bob when you were 5, you’ll probably still be using that towel when you are 15.

2. Floating Toys (with various abilities to remain inflated)

3. Coloring Book Pages: I’m sure these will still be affixed to the basement-kitchen walls when the scotch tape has long gone yellow with age.

4. Fishing Gear all tangled in the corner.

5. Shell Collections. I’m pretty sure these procreate when we aren’t looking. Currently the entire picnic table is covered with them.

6. Bottles in the Bathroom: Half-filled bottles of sunscreen, everyone’s preferred shampoo, and the pre-requisite sticky calamine lotion for the mosquito bites.

7. Flip Flops. A big basket of these is at every door. Good luck finding a pair in your size that hasn’t lost it’s mate.

8. Marshmallows. There’s a bag in the upstairs pantry, one in the basement kitchenette, and a third getting crow-pecked by the fire ring.

*8Things iconWhat makes your family get-away iconic?  Whether it’s a favorite camp spot, Camp Wanatakee, or something in between; give us your  *8Things: Family Cabin list and take a walk down memory lane.  Grab a button and play along. If you put your list on your blog, give us the permalink in the Mr. Linky below. Thanks for playing!

Lori-Lyn July 29, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I love the idea of a big basket of flip flops by the door!

Kimberley July 30, 2010 at 12:13 am

One of the first things I fell inlove with as a kid when I first moved to the US was marshmellows. I still have a guilty weakness for them.

Susan July 30, 2010 at 5:30 am

thanks for the nostalgia. my brother just visited my aunt’s and uncle’s cottage on Lake Michigan for, possibly, the last time as the family may sell it. so many great memories there:
1. knick knacks galore all constructed or incorporating shells
2. sand invading everything, always having a gritty bed
3. colorful towels hanging out to dry
4. bleach-blond hair
5. “The Well” where everyone in town gathered after nightfall to chat, eat ice cream, buy candy, and play foos ball
6. donuts from the bakery
7. m & m’s in a special jar
8. green wicker frogs – were they waste baskets? just decorations? who knew.
I hope I’ll be able to visit one last time and take my family. But maybe the magic is only in the past.

Jeannie July 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I love this idea…Thank you!
This is the perfect topic to begin as we have just spent two months at our family cabin and it is a very special place to all of us.
Namaste, Jeannie

chel July 31, 2010 at 2:03 am

This was my first week- so much fun. I can’t believe I forgot so much, and thinking about my childhood summers really made me feel very happy as I remembered the details. Thank you for that :)

Lisa July 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I made my 8 things. Thanks for the creative poke.

Linda (Heartfire At Home) August 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Nostalgic joy describes it perfectly! Memories are such an important part of how we decorate our homes and special places…. including a little of those things we remember from the past into the places we call home now can bring some of that joy into the present wherever we are…. it’s a great way to connect your heart and home. I hope your parents are outrageously happy in their dream get-away retirement home!

Linda. :)

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