The class of 1971

In October i had the pleasure of being the photographer at the Vermilion HS 50 + 1 class reunion. This wasn’t just any reunion, this was my mom’s high school reunion. I highly recommend attending your parent high school reunion. It was so fun. She is from a small town and i already know so any of her friends, but it was just so enjoyable to watch everyone reconnect and share stories. They had the evening catered at the yacht club. They did a raffle, where everyone brought an item from where they currently live. Everyone’s name was drawn and they were able to choose something to take home!

My mom and her best friend, Annalee, who put the entire reunion together!
Mom and Dad 💗
My dad and husband who were the behind the scenes right hand men!
Me and my dad 💕
Also their wedding. Anniversary
Bestie

Last night in Michigan

While in the southern west side of Michigan, we had to make sure we visited one of John’s childhood friends. Chad is a park ranger for the Palisades Park and lives there year round with his wife and son. To be honest with you, I’ve never really seen a private park rangers home inside a gated housing area. It was literally like something out of a movie. Chad, and Fisher, took us all around on the golf cart for a tour. The park had beautiful, older homes, all spaced out in the woods. We saw their soda shop and area where they all gather for activities. The entire park sits along side of Lake MI and Chad has built a gorgeous boardwalk the entire length of the park. Chad also has to keep the clay courts in tact every single day! He does so much work there, but it’s beautiful. Most people only live there over the summer, so he said it is pretty quite over the winter, but it allows him time to get all the projects done.

That evening we ate dinner with Chad and his family in South Haven, which is just about 10 minutes from his park. After dinner John and i fished and watched one last MI sunset at South Beach. Is it me or does it feel like every sunset just gets better and better?

Grand Haven, MI

Well as a daughter, sister and niece to Coast Guard men, this was a real treat to see their Coast Guard Station. We walked up and down the beautiful boardwalk. We walked all around the station and as bonus we got to see a boat coming back in to harbor. The water was really rough that day, but it doesn’t stop the Coasties. We saw many “walking” groups, dogs, and families. There was a campground right on the beach and we both decided if we were ever camping, that would be the best place.

Can we now talk about the real star of the show….oh my goodness this is by far my favorite light house in MI. Every single light house in MI is gorgeous, but just something about this one captures my eye.

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!

Summer Through My Lens

Week 6

Home-days Fireworks!

7.10.22

Waxing Gibbous moon

7.11.22

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.

7.12.22

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

7.13.22

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!

7.14.22

All moon photos shot with my Nikon P1000

Summer Through My Lens

Week 5

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!

7.4.22

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!

7.5.22

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!

7.6.22

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)

7.7.22

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!

7.9.22