Friday, July 27, 2012

a long weekend getaway…

We decided to take the kids and head down south for a little getaway.  It was so nice to just be somewhere other than home or work for a few days!  We didn’t do anything super exciting – a lot of this:


A little of this:


I read a great book (it seems these little getaways are my only chance to relax and read anymore).  I read this:


On this:



It’s Meagan’s Kindle Fire.  I kind of hijacked it from her – she was nice to let me use it.  I want one now – it was so nice to read on!

It was really a good book – all about friendship and family and a scrapbook!  Yep – a scrapbook!  And, guess what?  The author is an amazing scrapbooker too!  Courtney Walsh – a woman of many talents! 

If you don’t have a kindle fire, you can read it the old fashioned way too:


Here’s a quick summary of the book:  “Campbell Carter has come to Sweethaven in search of answers about her mother's history. Just before losing a battle with cancer, Suzanne Carter sent letters to childhood friends from her hometown of Sweethaven, Michigan. Suzanne's three friends -- Lila, Jane, and Meghan -- haven't spoken in years, yet each has pieces of a scrapbook they made together as girls. Suzanne's letters have lured them all back to the idyllic lakeside town, where they meet Campbell and begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers. As the scrapbook reveals secrets from the past, old wounds are mended, lives are changed, and friendships are restored -- just as Suzanne intended.”

Seriously, if you’re looking for a nice easy read, you should check it out. 

We also went to a movie.  I should say we went to movieS.  Brad took the little boys to see this (again):


While the big kids and I went to see this:


We ate lots of movie popcorn and drank our fill of root beer.  We even ate frozen junior mints! ;)

Brad and I even snuck away one night for dinner – gasp! – a date!!  (we didn’t actually sneak anywhere – the kids were fully aware that we were leaving.)

We also spent an evening at Brad’s mom’s house.  The kids went on a hike, we visited with Grandma, and we came home with some things she didn’t want anymore – including an old globe on a cool stand…can’t wait to clean it up and put it somewhere in our home!

We were sad to leave, but when we did, we met up with my brother and his family for dinner (they made super yummy food for us), shakes from Dairy Keen, and then we headed to Charleston to watch these:


I wish we could get away for these weekends more often – it was so nice to just relax and focus on our own little family with nothing else to worry about! 


  1. looks like a great long weekend. Nothing beats spending time with family and relaxing...

  2. What a nice weekend!!! We are thinking of heading north - to the North Shore of Lake Superior, MN side. Lot of the same stuff as you, hiking checking out the falls and lighthouses, relaxing in the pool. I have Courtney's book in paperback form. I haven't read it yet. Love the fireworks photos!! Great shots!!!!!