Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I'm behind....as usual

Well it's been almost a month since I came here to write.  What is it about summer that gets me so far behind?  Oh yes- the sun, the kids, and Big Brother (who do you want to win??).

We just got back from our annual vacation to Lake Erie and let me tell ya- if you aren't vacationing with grandparents, you're doing it wrong.

We all have so much fun on this trip and I think I can safely say it's win-win for everyone.  The kids get to hang out with their grandparents (who they might love more than us) and Steve and I get to have some alone time while still having fun on the beach with the kids. 

Ever since Steve was 2 years old, he and his parents have gone to a private community in Vermilion Ohio on Lake Erie.  There is a great park for kids, a beautiful beach and some really amazing houses.  Last year was my first year on this trip and I fell in LOVE.  It's the most peaceful place I have ever been and it is now my dream to own a house here.

Emily is a beach girl for sure- she loved playing in the sand, walking in the water and helping me find lake glass.  She was not however, a fan of wearing a life jacket- so no boating or swimming in the lake for her.

Gavin was not a fan of the beach at first.  He didn't like the sand or the wind coming off the water.  Once the wind calmed down, he did start to warm up to the beach life.  He would throw rock after rock into the lake and he loved having water poured on his head.  But his favorite part of vacation was playing at the park and daily bike rides with Grandpa- oh and chasing sea gulls.

Steve and I had a couple of dates, which is always good.  

The kids played so well together (better than the norm) and we all had ice cream just about every day (I'm now on a diet).

There is just nothing better than a relaxing week away with your family, is there?


Now it's back to the real world - happy Tuesday!


  1. Looks like you all had a fantastic time! We are already talking about taking another small trip back to the lake later this month because it really is nice to get away, even if for a few days. And you guys did it right, taking the grandparents along so you could get some dates in too!! :)

  2. 1. I want Nicole to win but pretty sure she is out the door this week so I vote for Derrick. He has played an awesome game!

    2. The beach vacay looks so fun! I am glad it was a nice relaxing time for everyone. And if you get a house there we are moving in...k?

  3. So that picture of G and Em kissing....totally melted my heart. Those two are just too adorable!! D and I are always talking about how we need a summer place somewhere...but oh wait, that's our Hippie House each summer when D's in college! LOL I haven't been to a beach since High School. I gotta get to one soon. HUGS and miss you lots! So glad you had a great week away.

  4. Love bb! Nicole or derrick. Frankie drives me nuts, who cares about arianna grande?

    Vacations with grandparents is the only way to go!

    This looks awesome!!!! How fun! Glad you got to relax a bit!

  5. So happy you got to enjoy a beautiful vacation with your family! I love that E loves the beach too! I fully agree with the vacation with grandparents part. We LOVE going away with my in-law's. It's such a special time for everyone. It's helpful to us & I know they love being with the kids. People usually give me weird looks when I tell them how much we love my in-law's. It's the single con about our recent move. They are now 3 miles away rather then a 2 second walk thru the woods. We are trying to convince them to move next door to us now.

  6. This is amazing! It seems like the perfect mix of family, relaxation, hubby time and I believe there was a little bit of booze too.

    I live right off Lake Erie, but from up in Buffalo so I'm definitely a fan.


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