What a wonderful summer! We have had the most wonderful time together making lasting memories. Our first family trip was to Michigan to visit my mom/ Grammy Marsha. We spent 2 weeks at her house and one week with her at our favorite vacation spot: Pentwater. Pentwater is located on Lake Michigan and we always spend the 4th of July there celebrating all of the festivities. Mom and I continued our scrapping ventures! We completed many layouts even though it wasn't over 100 degrees this year!! Ty and Brooke discovered many new creatures at Grammy's house. Ty even grabbed a snake by the tail but it slithered away from him! That was his highlight. They also collected tiny frogs, snails, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, beetles, lightning bugs, etc. We even saved a turtle from the road. The kids named him Frankie! It was such a peaceful, relaxing three weeks. We left my mom's house and traveled to Ohio to stay with my dad and step-mother for a few days. They kids had a great time searching their frog pond for frogs and eating ice cream at the Mill. We left for home for one night and left for North Carolina the next day. We finished our family trips by spending 4 days in Oak Island with the Rose family!
Here are some layouts of our adventures:
This is actually a layout from Brooke's last day of school. It's hard to believe she will be in 2nd grade!
The weekend before we left for Michigan was Father's Day. We spent a whole afternoon downtown in Charleston and had dinner at a fabulous restaurant!
Ty and his camouflage! He loves to pretend he suddenly disappears when he wears it!
The kids were SO excited to see Grammy.
My mom has been waiting for Brooke to get big enough to dress her up in some of her antique dresses. Brooke didn't mind at all!
We decided to buy a bike rack and take our bikes to Michigan this year. They have a wonderful walking/biking trail in Portage called the Celery Flats. It was a beautiful day for a bike ride and we were able to see a baby deer, ride through bridges and tunnels, and catch little frogs! In fact, Ty crashed his bike to the ground, hard, to catch a little frog!
And now begins our awesome week in Pentwater! Unfortunately the water was freezing, 56 degrees! We could run in long enough to get numb, 1 minute, and run out before our legs froze off!!
Adam has missed our last two trips home so it was SO nice to have him with us this year! The kids had a great time burying him in the sand!
I also had the chance to see Alyssa. She was my student when I got my first teaching job and the flower girl in Adam and my wedding. I have definitely aged!!
Now back to reality! School starts for teachers a week from tomorrow. It's always hard for me to leave my children after I spend every waking hour with them. I will be sure to spoil them rotten this week and get lots of extra hugs and kisses....especially before Papa steals them all back!