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Summing up My Summer

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I can hardly believe that summer is over. We spent our days at the pool, the zoo, a variety of playgrounds and taking LONG walks in the neighborhood.

I won’t bore you with every detail of where we went and who we saw. But I will share a few of my favorite pictures and memories from this summer.

Visiting Michigan

We went to Michigan several times this summer to visit family.

We took the kids to my favorite camping spot in Michigan – Higgin’s Lake. They loved it.

During one of our trips, it was time to head home, but the kids and I didn’t want to leave. So Even Steven turned the car around and dropped us off for another week with my parents while he headed home (and to work).

I got to spend time with my mom, my grandmother and my great-grandmother. Altogether, we have five generations in our family!

And we celebrated my great-grandmother’s 106th birthday. Happy Birthday Nanny!

My parents got to spend some time with all of their grandchildren at “Camp Yia Yia and Papa.” They were in heaven! (Remember last year’s picture?)

At Home

Back at home, Alice got her very first haircut at the age of 3 1/2 years old. To me – she looks like a teenager.

Miles went took swim lessons, and when they were over, he chose to give his swim coaches Monster Teeth as a thank you. They loved it.

Getting Away

And Even Steven and I took our very first trip without kids. We were gone for five days, and everyone survived. We visited Portland, Oregon and had an amazing time with friends and family celebrating a family wedding. It was gorgeous, and so wonderful to get away.

And – I have to say – that I’m very proud of Even Steven. He’s only made this face ONCE all summer long.


  1. Natalie

    September 3, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Looks like an awesome Summer. Wow your great grandmother is 106 – just wow and happy birthday to her. We have officially started Spring and I’m so excited for our Summer xxx

  2. sparkling74

    September 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

    It is so cool that you have 5 generations of your family still alive. It’s amazing! For about the first 5 years that we were together, k-ster still had a great grandmother and one of his cousins (who I still haven’t met) had kids, but I never got to see all 5 generations in the same room, at the same time. Still, it was neat that 4 of them could be in the same roomm. And I couldn’t help thinking they all just took it for granted because it was so normal to them. You are really lucky!! And it always looks like you’re having fun when you’re together!

  3. Cherie

    September 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Priceless, beautiful, awesome pictures! You are a lucky woman, Anna! Wonderful smiles, wonderful people!

  4. Mindy

    September 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

    What?! You were in Portland and didn’t come by?! Oh wait, that’s right, we’re not real life friends. Well, you should have come by anyway. :0) Glad you enjoyed my neck of the woods. Looks like you hit up The Gorge from the picture.

    Your summer sounds great! Especially the time spent with extended family. We barely even left the house. Now, it’s, Back to life, Back to reality….

  5. JD @ Honest Mom

    September 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    106 years old?!?! That’s amazing!!! I love that picture of all 5 generations of ladies! Your kids are precious. And what a cute pic of you and Even Steven. 🙂

    We had a great summer too. But I am SO GLAD it’s school time. I am ready!!!

  6. Sarah @ Just The Bee's Knees

    September 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I can’t believe your great grandmother is 106! Wow! She looks amazing! Looks like you guys had a great summer. So glad you were able to get away with NO kids!

  7. Lisa

    September 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Even Steven puts up with a lot! 😉 Beautiful family, and I am in awe by all those trees.

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