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Remembering Summer

Lake Superior Shore near Newberry, Michigan

During these cold, snow-covered days, it’s nice to look through vacation photos and remember that the sun will shine in Michigan again soon.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Miner’s Castle. Munising, Michigan

If you visit Pictured Rocks make sure you stop at Miner’s Castle. We didn’t think too much of Miner’s Falls but this stop was one of the highlights of the trip. We will return.

Tidal Pool at Black Rocks, Marquette, Michigan

The tidal pools at Black Rocks are teeming with plant life, and tadpoles. Please be kind to them all.

Tadpoles from Black Rocks tidal pool taking a short trip away from home.

The tadpoles were put back after the kids who owned this bucket were done studying them.

Summer Goals

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I have a handful of goals to tackle this summer.

  1. Clear clutter
  2. Deep clean all rooms
  3. Learn how to use a schedule better
  4. Write more
  5. Read more
  6. Have fun with my family

I have never been great with goals. I have had dreams that I hoped would come true someday, but never figured out how to break those dreams down into goals. I took a Family Resource Management class last semester and learned so much more from it than I expected to. It has given me some tools to make my dreams come true. I wish I had a class like it in high school.

While number 6 might seem silly, it is necessary for me to make this a goal because I can get so wrapped up in the day-to-day cleaning necessary to run a household that I forget to stop working and have fun. If I don’t force myself to stop and take breaks I will work sunup to sundown on my days off and not do anything fun. That’s no way to spend any part of the year.

Let’s all remember to make room for fun this summer.

All Good Summers Must Come to an End

Summer vacation is wrapping up this week and I am sad to see it go. I have not blogged as much as I’d hoped but that is mostly because my summer has been filled with a lot of organizing and weeding of possessions, filling out job applications, and trying to keep up with a seven year-old. This is the most time I’ve spent with my family since my son was born. Even though it can be stressful not having much time alone, it’s so much better than being away five days a week most every week. I loved the people I worked with at my old job and the work I did was pleasant, but full-time work is tiring and I don’t want this to end. Tuesday it’s back to school for all three of the humans in our little family. The dog will be very upset that her mid-day city park visits will be over.

This past month I have felt much healthier than I have in a very long time and I hope having work and school responsibilities again will not make my progress go backwards. We were able to take a day trip to the Indiana Dunes State Park the other day. Lake Michigan was too rough to even wade in, but hearing the water and being in the sand was wonderful. Everyone’s life should be filled with more days at the beach, forest, and mountains.

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