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Short trip to the west coast (of Michigan, that is)

Last weekend we took a short trip to the west side of the state. We decided to stay at Buttersville. It’s a campground right on Lake Michigan outside of Ludington. Elmer (our beloved pup) loves swimming and all things outdoors in general (what dog doesn’t?). We chose Buttersville because they allow dogs on the beach  (the State campgrounds don’t!) We love our visits to the west side of the state- there is something so captivating about the sand dunes and lake Michigan is breath taking!

raking the sand

Papa and Felix testing the (chilly) water.

Relaxing after some serious stick-fetch-swimming.

bucket head

My beach boys

building sand castles

in the moat

Snoozing in the car ride home.


family ball

This weekend was my annual family reunion. I always look forward to catching up with everyone- and it’s always amazing to see how much the kids grow each year. At last year’s reunion Felix was a newborn in the middle of a growth spurt which meant we spent the entire day in the rocker nursing. It was pretty fun to see him running around and playing this year.

Traditionally, my family plays a game of baseball (and horseshoes) at the reunions. This was Felix’ first baseball encounter, and he seemed to like it.

Summer has finally warmed up.

Summer Present

We’ve been playing hard lately. Here are a few recent shots.


Hanging with Grandma.

Rocks and water.

We’re loving summer while it lasts!

Evening Sprinkler Play

Last night was Felix’ first encounter with the sprinkler.

He loved it!

Elmer did, too.