September 30, 2011

It’s been a busy week and I’ve been working on lots of projects.  Next week I’ll tell you why I’ve been working so hard and I’ll show you one of the pieces I recently finished up.

It’s actually starting to feel like fall here in Indianapolis, you know when the sun is still shining and makes it hot but there’s still that chill in the air.  (Love getting to pull out the sweaters, but wearing them with a pair of capris,  it’s like the best of both worlds.)

When I think of fall I think of a last camping trip of the season.  Camping is one of my favorite things to do because I camp with some of my favorite people.  We mainly camp at the National Dunes Lakeshore Park on Lake Michigan.  It’s one of my most favorite places in the world.  I grew up near Lake Michigan so I love bringing my daughter back to where I grew up.  I love that we both will have the memories of Lake Michigan as children. My husband and  I even thinking of retiring there one day.  This summer after we lost our baby Spencer, we took long drives along Lake Michigan, looking at houses and walking the beach.  (I’ll show you photos of our favorite houses. next week.)

I ended up going into premature labor while I was camping this summer.  People have raised their eyebrows when I mention we were camping (I was 6 months pregnant and my doctor gave me the go ahead) but honestly our camping is not what most consider camping.  We (Grandma, aka Ya Ya, my daughter, Sloan, sometimes Aunt Kaitlin, aka Bagee or Aunt Liz) camp in a decked out big and beautiful RV with air conditioning, microwave and flat screen.  Our days consist of waking up late, drinking coffee or tea, watching movies (When Harry Met Sally, The Break Up, Raising Helen) reading books and magazines and yes going out to dinner usually!  I love camping because it’s the only time in my busy life where I relax and not feel guilty about relaxing.  (Am I the only one who finds it hard to relax at home?)

Anyways, I was worried that losing Spencer would make me feel sad about Lake Michigan because it would bring back bad memories but the place means even more to me now. We even had a private memorial on the beach for her and I feel like everytime I visit I can think of her and how she is a part of a very special place.

With all that said, I wanted to share with you all a little something that’s always been on my wish list.  I love Ya Ya’s RV and maybe because I know we always camp together and that luxury would be right next to me I’d love to have a little run down camper that I could fix up.


This was a camper I fell in love with when we went camping a few months ago.  I love the color and do you notice the matching awning!  Taaa die!

Notice the sand hill behind it?  I used to climb that when I was a little girl.  (Yea, no climbing for me now!)

I think it’s time for me to stop wanting one of these and time to actually do something about it, don’t ya think?!

I hope everyone has a great Friday and finds some time to relax!!

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    1. Yes camping at the Dunes is the best connection to our childhood for sure. You forgot to mention the occasional pedi’s and shopping trips ….a must for any camper girl.

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