When it’s 100° outside you either play in the water or on the water. We made sure to get our morning workout in bright and early to beat the extremes heat! The morning views were gorgeous! We quick grabbed some coffee and a breakfast sandwich from our favorite shop in town and then it was time to play!
We opted for fishing on the boat, of course. It was hot hot but once you were in the middle of the lake it was tolerable. Sadly I think the fish were hiding from the heat , but a day on the boat is never a waste of a day!
We returned home to a delicious home cooked meal that mom had prepared for us!!! After a nice dinner, we headed home BUT not before stopping for some ice cream at our favorite place. “It’s on the way” 😂
That truly does describe me. Today i was so happy to spend the day on the lake and in my favorite town. My husband and dad went fishing for the day. They set out for perch but ended up catching sheephead, catfish and walley!
Mom and i walked around downtown Vermilion. We stopped at my favorite coffee shop and ran into Allie LaForce. She is from town but she was also miss teen USA, a sports anchor and a sports journalist the NBA and college basketball. She was there with her husband Joe Smith who is a pitcher for the MLB. We talked to both of them for awhile about her pregnancy and their fight to find a cure for Huntington’s disease. They were so sweet and we enjoyed talking to them!
After our breakfast stop we walked around town. We walked through the farmers market, shopped at a local boutique and checked out the chalk walk.
This evening i spent some quality time with the most needy sister ever 🤣. Luckily she is super cute!!!
After a long, but fun day, we all decided salads, pizza and subs sounded like a good idea for dinner. I was so happy to be at the lake for a million dollar sunset. As we were walking back to the house i also noticed the vibrant first quarter moon!!! It’s very rare that i catch a gorgeous sunset and a gorgeous moonrise! It truly was a wonderful day!
This week started off with a lot of rain. The oldest still had swim practice so the littles and i played in the car. Sounds terrible but they actually had fun sitting in the back seat playing. Once it started to monsoon they released the kids a little early. I was as wet as the oldest just from walking to get her. We ran home so she could dry off and put on warm clothes, then we headed to the library. My nanny boy finally reached the half way point of the reading challenge, so he was able to pick a prize from the treasure box. So proud of him!
All 3 of the kids picked out new books for the week. My nanny boy picked a drawing book and he couldn’t wait to get home and draw a robot. Very impressed with his art skills!
This week we worked on potty training with the youngest. She is a few months shy of her 3rd birthday and we have a goal of getting it done before summer break ends. She is doing really great and fingers crossed 🤞 we are nearing the end of diapers!
We ended the week with the swim team championships. I was beyond thrilled it was on Saturday so i could finally see my girl compete. All of her meets have been on Thursday nights when i coach. She did relays, backstroke, butterfly and freestyle. This 7 year old can swim and i am so darn proud of her!!!
Over the 7 weeks of summer i allowed my twirling students to pick weekly themes. They follow a dress code during the competition season but we like to give them a break over the summer and during the holidays. They picked some pretty fun themes and of course we loved seeing their outfits each week!
Storms were all around us tonight! John saw these rare Mammatus clouds outside our window so i grabbed the camera to capture them!
This was just a fun and busy week! I was blessed to spend my day off with my mom and her bestie, Annalee. We met in downtown vermilion and had lunch at Big Ed’s, which is an old fashion phosphates diner. It’s so cute inside! After lunch we walked around and shopped. My dad had an appointment downtown and found us afterwards. Always a nice bonus when i get to see him too! Grabbed an iced coffee from my favorite coffee shop, brewed awakening, and then i was off to get my hair done!
On Wednesday i had my first deva cut! I was so nervous but also excited. It’s a specialized haircut for curly/wavy hair people. It’s a unique way of cutting. They basically cut your hair dry like they are trimming a bush. The stylist has a special certification to be able to do this type of cut. My stylist, Haillee, was awesome! i am so happy with the results and will continue to cut my hair this way!
I captured this beautiful photo at the lake in downtown Berea. My nanny kids and i walked around after a visit to the library. It’s such a beautiful area. We enjoyed watching a large group of people kayaking!!
This weekend my niece, Cally, had her final 9u travel softball games. It’s been one heck of a season and the girls have grown so much. Very proud of them but that number 9 is my favorite!
This week was a mix of iPhone and nikon photos but it was a fun week and all deserves to be shared!
Recently my former swim coach and science teacher passed away. He was a large part of the community and the city honored him with a beautiful dedication ceremony. This is the plaque that is now hanging at the entrance of the city pool.
The house is clean, the laundry is finished, my nails are done, baton paperwork is ready for tryouts and now i can watch a hallmark Christmas movie and get caught up a little on scrapbooking!
Tonight’s full moon from northeast Ohio
This weeks local newspaper hit the stands and guess who made the front page??!! My Pink Ladies Baton Corp! What a fun surprise and honor!
Vacation Bible School is here and we are all so excited! This is a favorite of ours and we look forward to it every summer. The local Methodist church puts on the most amazing camp for the kids. Both of the older kids participated. It’s every morning so it gives me some one on one time with the little one!
The little one and i basically spent the week at different parks. We played on the playgrounds and walked the trails. It was a fun week!
In the afternoons we read, colored and did some school work. It was a busy week but we enjoyed it!
Monday was the Fourth of July. This has to be one of my favorite holidays. Fireworks, family, good food, parades, beach day and of course we celebrate my fathers birthday!
Tuesday morning i was woke up by the sound of thunder. It was a pretty intense summer storm and of course it arrived early in the morning. We took our time packing up and heading home. On the way we stopped at Cabelas to see if we could get a life jacket for me to use on our friends boat. We DID NOT buy this ridiculous coat guard life jacket but we thought it was funny how huge it was on me!
After dropping the older kids off at camp, the younger one and i walked around the trails. We just love this metal sculpture of a bee and a flower!
The president was in Cleveland on Wednesday. The next day my nanny boy and i saw this awesome plane coming in for a landing at the local airport. It was so big and flew right over the playground. He was amazed! We think it was a Boeing C17 Globe Master III (large military transport aircraft)
Softball Saturday!!!! Absolutely love watching my niece and her travel team play ball! They have grown so much individually and as a team this season!
Lunch at the lake means beautiful views all around. We ate lunch in Marblehead right at this boat marina!
It’s not a sundae without the whip cream and cherry on top! So grateful for a local ice cream stand that sells real ice cream!!!
Every morning we take the oldest nanny kid to swim practice. This gives me time to explore with the littles. Outside the pool and clubhouse is the cutest little lake. Some days we see ducks. Some days we see fishermen. Today we saw a beautiful rainbow formed by the sun shining through the fountain.
This week john is on vacation. That means i come home from work to dinner on the grill!!!!! Steak salads and corn on the cob for dinner!
This weeks theme at baton was red, white and blue! I love seeing what the girls come up with each week! Here are my 2 competition teams!
During my morning walk i had to take a photo of this cute bridge. It brings me joy in two ways. At the beginning of my walk I’m so grateful to cross the bridge into the woods because it means i get out of the hot sun. When i see this bridge at the end of the walk it means i am almost back home!
Ended the week baking in the sun and watching my niece play in a double header. No place i would rather be. The weather was amazing (mid 80’s) and the girls were ready to play. Cally ended the second game pitching. She did a wonderful job, not only pitching, but making an out at first base. Very proud of this amazing little girl.
Nothing brings more peace to my heart then spending time up at Lake Erie. I am blessed that my parents live in a small community at the Lake. They are in the middle of two small towns that have so much to offer.
We started our day in Vermilion. We grabbed a breakfast sandwich and coffees at Brewed Awakening. Oh how i wish i could start my morning there everyday.
The city businesses always do different themes throughout the year. Current it’s a Alice and Wonderland theme!
How cute is this kids meal at Woodstock’s Cafe? I wanted to order one for myself!
In the afternoon we decided to go fishing. It was hot and nothing sounded better than being on the boat. We headed east of the Huron river. We marked a lot fish and i was just hoping they weren’t all full of mayflies. It started off a little slow but soon we were catching…..sheepshead. Ugh the rats of the lake. They were big and put up quite a fight. Never happy to reel in a sheepshead but it was better than not catching anything. We did end up catching about a half a dozen walleye. A few small that we threw back and we kept 4 of them. Good size eaters!
In the evening we ate dinner with my folks and headed back to clean up and close the boat. It was another wonderful day at the lake!