Taste of Summer

Summer vacation is nearly here for all of the littles in the house. Abby had her last day of preschool 2 weeks ago. I must admit that it was a little bittersweet. I’ve had at least one little in going to that school for the past four years… and now there will be a 2 year gap – and only one of the teachers that my kids had will be there when we return. While it will be odd not having anyone to bring to preschool, I’m really looking forward to spending more quality time alone with Michael!

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Catching up

It’s that time of year again… vacation time to be more exact. We took a little trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula over the week of the 4th and we loved it!!! Our trip up there could not have come at a better time too… it was over 100 degrees at home while we were gone and only in the 80’s in the UP!!!

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Road trip to Pennsylvania

One week ago I was in full road trip mode… the bag still needed to be packed, laundry was being finished up and the house needed to be cleaned before we left. By Thursday evening, the kids and I had said our goodbyes to Ray and we were on our way my dad’s house to spend the night, before leaving early Friday morning for PA. Noah was especially excited to go, since just a few days earlier my aunt emailed us this photo…

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Us vs the Dune Climb

The kids are napping, so I’m going to jump in with a quick post. Yes I am going to bore you with more photo’s of our vacation. Yes I have other things that I would like to write about, but for some reason I feel a little tongue tied right now. Maybe it’s the heat… it’s 1:30 and currently 94 degrees out… with a heat index of over 100… did you hear that? It’s the sound of me melting just thinking about it.

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Warren Dunes State Park

or otherwise titled… The kids vs the first dune!

We left our home and started driving east. Ray and I knew that the kids would never make it through a 6 1/2 hour drive with out stopping a longer stop to run off some energy, so we planned a little detour to the Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan.

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Vacation Week

I’ve been wanting to post more often, but somehow that just hasn’t been working out as well as I want it too. This week was no exception. The plan was to have a few posts pre-written to be posted this week, because I knew that the dust would be settling on my laptop since it was vacation week here in our home!

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Foto Friday {Foto Friday}

VFor the past week, almost two, we’ve been battling whatever bug has decided the infiltrate the Midwest. It started out with some coughing, then morphed to sinus pressure/runny noses (and in Noah’s case a double ear infection) and now is changing again to a deeper, more throaty cough along with the sinus pressure/runny nose crud. Throw in a few fevers here and there and we really are a hot mess of a family right now.

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A Ride through Cades Cove, TN

Before venturing up to the top of Clingman’s Dome, Ray, the kids and I took a leisurely drive through Cades Cove. The drive to the cove was beautiful… with the road winding and curving through the mountains and alongside a river… though at times it was bit much for me. I’ve found out that I can not read maps while in a moving vehicle… I thought I could… but I can’t.

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Clingman’s Dome, TN

We had a bit of bad luck with the weather while down in Tennessee… it was either raining or overcast (with the threat of rain) the first few days there. Our last full day there though was forecast to be a beautiful – though chilly day and we meant to take advantage of every minute of sunshine!

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