Thursday, June 9, 2016

Lake Bound!

Here in the midwest, it's sort of a thing to spend summer weekends at a lake. Maybe it's because we're land-locked (at least in terms of touching an ocean; it's kind of hard to feel land-locked in Chicagoland when massive Lake Michigan is right here), so lakes provide our only chance for beach hangs. Or maybe it's because there are just so many freaking lakes here. But when I close my eyes and get all day-dreamy about summertime, one of the first images that pops into my head is hanging out at a lake in my bathing suit, drinking cold beer and lemonade and eating watermelon and doing all of those idealist things that define the season.

This morning, we are lake bound ourselves, for a short family trip that has become an annual event. Before we had kids, Robbie and I used to drive up to this little lake town in Wisconsin and sit on the beach, eat at the local restaurants, shop, and explore as a couple. (We even took our "babymoon" there in the fall when I was pregnant with Essley.) Then we had Essley, and for the past two summers have taken her as well. This year will be the first year we bring Emmett. For all of the collective traveling that we do and have done throughout the world, this little trip is really nothing - but it feels like everything because it is one of those summer traditions you think about all year long. And while it's supposed to rain, like, the whole time, we're not going to let it spoil our fun. Warm summer rain is kind of awesome anyway. (I won't be posting about it because we're just gonna chill and be present and stuff, man, but I'm sure I won't be able to stop myself from sharing at least some of it on Instagram and Snapchat; I'm under @bubbyandbean for both.)

Do any of you take lake trips in the summertime? If so, where do you go?

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  1. Have a great time at the lake! I do miss having a ski boat some days. But hopefully we'll be air boating this weekend :)

  2. Lake holidays are the best! I'll be stalking you on snapchat lol

  3. Because I live by the ocean, I don't do a lot of lake trips - but growing up in a landlocked place full of lakes, we did tons of lake trips. I'll be honest, it was never really my thing, but I think it's important to have that variety of life experiences even if you don't love every single one of them. Enjoy your trip!

  4. Have a wonderful time at the lake! Sounds like it's gonna be a lot of fun!

    xx Chelsea

  5. We have a lake nearby, but even in summer it's still pretty chilly!
    Wishing you a fun and relaxing time with your family :)

  6. that looks just awesome! we hang at the lake too ... up in the Adirondacks. We did our annual trip over Memorial day to 'open camp' for the summer (our's is a summer camp - no insulation!). I love just sitting on the porch and listening to the bird song

  7. My cousin owns a couple of cottages on a lake in northeastern PA. We've been going there since we were all little kids. My kids love going there too. I hope that we can make a trip there for at least a weekend this summer. It's the best kind of fun for all ages!!! (I want to eventually buy a lake house to retire--I hope that we can)


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