Summer Vacation

We took a week off during July and packed our bags, loaded up the SUV, hitched up the boat, grabbed the kids and the dog and departed for a week at a cabin in northern Wisconsin.  We all were ready for some time away from our hectic daily schedule and were craving some rest and relaxation.  We arrived very late on a Saturday evening (thanks to a championship Little League baseball game that delayed our departure).  We unpacked our bags and dropped into bed.  The next day we slept in, checked out the lake, headed into town for groceries and enjoyed the evening making s’mores.  Let the relaxation begin!

The week in photos…

Fullish Moon
Roasting Marshmallows By Moonlight
S’mores Are Ready To Eat

We enjoyed swimming, boating,  tubing, playing games and the nature that surrounded us.

Fun In The Water
Around One More Time
Playing Cards With Dad
Siblings – Playing Cribbage
Over The Tree Tops – Blue Heron
Fly By – Blue Heron
In Flight – Blue Heron
Loon In The Mist
Friendly Dragonfly
Moon Rise
Moon Glow
In The Palm Of His Hand
Photo Op With Mr. Moose
Mr. Moose And Mr. Cool
Mom’s Turn
Giant Adirondack

Mike and the kids also tried their hand at go-karts.  It was a huge hit!


As Sebastian got closer to Mike & Sophia…

Catching Up

…Sophia put her foot on top of Mike’s and pushed the gas pedal to the floor!

Pedal To The Medal
Taking Over 1st Place
Finish Line

The final s’more of vacation.


Final card game of vacation.

One Last Hand

Final family photo of vacation.

The Family

We are already looking forward to next summer.  🙂

Fun In The Sun – Part I

We returned home from our vacation in Hayward, Wisconsin a week ago.  We spent the last several days getting caught up with yard work, house work, office work and photo editing work.  We took a lot of pictures while we were gone and many more when we returned.  We attended a Huskies baseball game the day we got back and Mike took an extra two days off from work this week with the kids because our daycare was closed through Wednesday.  They spent one of the days at Park Point Beach and the other at home playing games and cooling off in our small pool.

Here’s a Part I of how we spent our vacation.

Day One

We checked in late in the afternoon to our rental cabin and spent most of our time unpacking and getting situated.  The past two years we’ve been on Lac Courte Oreilles, but this year we rented a larger cabin on Round Lake.  It had plenty of space, lots of windows, a great deck and a fabulous view.

Big Windows, Big View
Big Deck
Lake View


We made a quick pasta dinner, got the boat in the lake at a nearby boat landing and then made a fire in the fire pit.  We brought supplies for s’mores and enjoyed the only cool evening all week.

Fire By The Lake
Roasting Marshmallows
Group Shot
The Girls
The Perfect S’more


Day Two

Since the day was sunny and warm we enjoyed the lake by swimming, boating and playing in the water.  We headed into town late in the day to pick up a week’s worth of groceries, but then headed back for more time at the cabin.

Throughout the week, toads and frogs would make their way onto the deck where the kids’ water shoes were drying.  They would hop inside the shoes for protection and enjoyed the wet shoes so much they would stay until morning when the kids would empty them out again.

Tom Toad


With no dishwasher at the cabin, the kids became the dishwasher during our stay.

Manual Labor
Happy And Sad


Day Three

Another day of sun and 80 degree temperatures kept us near the water most of the day.  We picked up a water basketball game on our trip into town the day before.  Mike and Sebastian got a chance to try it out.

Shooting Hoops
Going Up For The Slam Dunk


A break from the game…

Floating Around


Daphne found a way to stay cool too.  Fetch in the lake.



And since water basketball wasn’t enough, the guys tried water football.

Jumping Up For The Pass


Enjoying some watermelon on the deck.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest


After a long day, both Daphne and Sophia were worn out.

Tuckered Out


A random wild flower.

Purple Bloom


The end of the evening brought a near full moon.



Part II will be posted tomorrow…hopefully.