Woolly Bear Parade

This year we marched in the 50th Woollybear parade. It’s the largest one day festival in the state of Ohio and the parade is equally as large. My twirlers love being a part of it every year and it’s in my favorite town so it’s a win for everyone!

Roseanna, Karalyn and me
My niece Emma and my daughter Karalyn
My niece Peyton
Local fox 8 tv celebrities Lou and Mackenzie
My dad, husband and daughter
Our mascot Abby

Lake Girl Forever

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!

Summer Through My Lens

Week 7

It’s National ice cream day!

7.17.22

Storms were all around us tonight! John saw these rare Mammatus clouds outside our window so i grabbed the camera to capture them!

7.20.22

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!

A small town on a Great Lake

My happy place…..

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!

Wonder how long this crane has been there?

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!

Ohio State Competition-Soloists

Day 1 was a very long day. From 8am-6pm we were busy with all our soloist. They did 2 baton, USTA strut, marches, presentation, pairs, solo, and artistic twirl. Each twirler was so good at warming themselves up and practicing in the designated area. Also a huge shoutout to the parents for making sure their daughters were close by a few sets ahead of their performance. I am so incredibly proud at how all of them performed. They had wonderful attitudes and showed exception sportsmanship. The girls gave it there all! It was a day of amazing male and female twirlers and i was just so proud to be the coach of my twirlers!

Spring is that you?

Hooray it finally felt like a spring day in Northeast, Ohio. The sun was shining. The temps were in the low 50’s and the birds were chirping! We went for a 3 mile hike in the metroparks. The trails were filled with people of all ages. We saw so many kinds of wildlife. The trees are starting to bloom and flowers are starting to grow! It was just absolutely perfect and a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Sunday Funday with J&J

Well the first “big” snowfall is heading to northeast Ohio. We are just on the line of expecting 6-9” overnight. Now we don’t have to work tomorrow so that takes some of the anxiety away. As for today, the weather was beautiful. The temps were just in the 20’s but the sun was shining bright. We were able to sleep in (7am) and enjoy a slow morning and a warm breakfast.

I did another low impact workout at the gym and my husband did his cardio on the track with me! We listen to our music and don’t communicate with each other, but just nice to have a walking buddy sometimes.

After cardio John wanted to focus on shoulders. I used the lightest dumbbells again and while he did some additional workouts, i just stretched!

After the gym we started prepping our chili dinner so it could simmer (torture me) all afternoon. This is me wearing a pot lid in my hoodie so the onions would stop burning my eyes 🤣. Ridiculous but effective!

While the chili “got happy” i cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms. We made lunch and kind of just relaxed all afternoon. We are bunkered down and going to enjoy the snowfall inside our warm home!

Five hours later and the chili looks and smells amazing!

I added some fat free shredded cheese, homemade ranch, and some low calorie oyster crackers. Oh my goodness i had to stop myself from eating multiple bowls of this 😋

The snowfall has begun and we are in for the night!

Small town Ice Cream stand

Nothing is better then a local ice cream shop. Nothing! John has been going to the Pied Piper in Huron since he was little and he still enjoys going there all the time. I love it because they have sugar free yogurt! It’s a nice little treat for me every once in a while! Love being part of this Great Lake town!

Butterfinger Flurry
Reese pieces Sunday
Sugar free pumpkin spice yogurt