A Midwestern Summer

Best decision we made all year: spend 5 weeks in August relishing a Midwestern summer while missing 5 of the worst weeks of a Texas summer.

So how do you fill up 5 weeks away from home with two children? The short answer is a lot of sunshine, ice cream, and smiles. The long answer is found in a flurry of photos.

Four generations gather together for a great family reunion of my Grandfather and his siblings and their families.IMG_0764

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A visit to Chicago and falling in love with that city all over again.

A birthday for cousins, celebrating 3, 1, and half years with birthday pancakes and splash pad fun.IMG_0785-2IMG_0788-2

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A tea party in the garden (oh the things grandpas will do for their grandchildren.)

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Soaking up every minute of the gorgeous sunshine, we practically lived outside from morning to night.IMG_0876

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Going wild at the zoo.IMG_0912

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Going on exploring adventures.

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Celebrating the birthday, again.

And lots and lots of everyday fun with family.

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Happiness. Not many other words quite capture this trip. Just scrolling through these pictures I feel at peace. Exactly the retreat we needed to get us over the hump of the brutal Texas summer. It has been two months since we returned and we are just now experencing a true fall. But recharging with the amazing beauty of a Midwestern summer, and the endless love from family we don’t see often enough, my tank was filled. Where do I sign up again for next year?


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