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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

2011 August 13
by Pamela

I’ve done a horrible job of chronicling our lives so far this summer.  The truth is that it’s been a tough time for us.  We left our church home.  I had been there for 16 years and 8 years with Bob.  There is a lot I’d like to write about this experience frankly, but a blog isn’t an appropriate spot.  And since I couldn’t write through the pain, I haven’t written at all.

But!  But great things have been happening this summer too.  I’ll just do a quick How I Spent My Summer Vacation So Far and we can always go into more depth later. 

For starters, I learned to make the perfect iced coffee.  I know!!  My life is off the charts with excitement!  But if you love an iced coffee as I do but could never quite get it right, you are going to try this super simple recipe and then send me roses (I like yellow ones a lot).  And as an added bonus I will save you a half mile of walking around Meijer by telling you now that cheesecloth is in the paint aisle. 

Here’s the delicious iced coffee recipe from the Grand Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond.  Of course, I’m pretending to do weight watchers so I use skim milk and no sugar, but if you aren’t still 16 lbs. overweight you should TOTALLY try the sweetened condensed milk because it will make you weep for joy.

I also spent lots of time smooching the cheeks of the Happiest Baby on the Block, Miss Lydia.

We went to the Henry Ford and waited for more hours than it took me to deliver my kids to see the Emanicipation Proclamation:

(We are still smiling because we hadn’t been inside to see the line yet).

We also went camping.  And slept in a tent.  Yes, I did. 


And we got to watch fireworks several times over the 4th of July holiday.

Why yes, I did make us all dress in coordinating outfits.  Lydia wasn’t too thrilled with hers I guess.

But here she is again, true to form:

And finally, I fell in love with fiber-rich treats.  Namely the WhoNu?  wannabe oreos.

There’s still the rest of August and more fun to be had!  I’ll try to do a better job writing about it.


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