Friday, August 20, 2010

Just Beachy
(photos and photos and more photos)

Flip Flops

Joel's parents are here visiting and the weather has been awfully rainy, cold and windy for them.  Our basement even flooded it's been so rainy, but that's another story for another day.  The weather actually cleared up yesterday and left us with a wonderfully perfect day, though not super warm.  So, we headed to the beach.

This time we went to Little Traverse Bay, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  It's a secret little beach that our friends showed us a few weeks back and we love it.  It's about a half hour from our house, so we can't go there on a whim, but if we have a free afternoon, we head out.

Little Traverse Bay





Joel and his dad played Frisbee while the girls played in the water and built their sand castles, or whatever it is they build.  I didn't even get my suit on this time and preferred to just sit on the blanket and watch.  It was warmer that way.


Joel's mom did the same thing I did.  We're the smart ones.

Mimi and Papa

 Because Bria got pretty cold eventually and needed her hoodie and three towels to stay warm.

And some granola bars.  Those always help, too.

Granola Bar in Blue

 Meanwhile, Sophia was trying to build a tower of buckets and walk with them on her head.  It didn't work so well, but it was entertaining.

Buckethead Three
Working Hard
Buckethead Two

 The sky was a beautiful shade of blue, and so was the water.


 Sadly, we eventually had to leave and go eat something besides granola bars and Capri Suns.


It's been fun having Joel's parents with us.  This is their first visit to the UP and we think they like it.  

When are YOU coming?  ;)

Have a wonderful weekend!  We sure will.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I haven't been in any kind of water this summer.

    I just spritz myself with a spray bottle for my showers.

  2. You are so blessed to live so close to so many different places. I love seeing them all. You have made me add the UP to my bucket list. Thanks so much for sharing with this Southern Utah Native.

  3. Those are really beautiful pictures! You are so talented at taking photos. The lake is incredibly blue.

  4. Beautiful pictures of that Lake! Joel had to be sooo ohasppy to have Steve and Diane there. Great shot of Steve by the way, but I really loved the shots of Chloe and Bria this time!!

  5. Dude. Bria looks grown up.

    And the lake pictures are phenomenal. All alone on an expanse of sand like that? Pretty amazing.

  6. What an awesome day at the beach! I am so jealous of everyone who has a beach. And I love the photo of the sand being thrown. Wow, that looks so fun.

  7. I want to come visit. Think I'll ever make it?

  8. What a dream to where a sweatshirt during the day in the summer! Beautiful pictures! You cant' got wrong with the girls and the scenery!

  9. Chloe throwing the sand was great! I miss being on the coast. Once you have lived that way it is easy to feel landlocked.

  10. I have missed "big water" more this year than any other since we moved to "big stupid Las Vegas".

    And have you noticed that the water and the sky are almost always the same color? I loved living on Mercer Island in Washington; blue sky, blue water; gray sky, gray water; white sky, that's right, white water!

  11. As always your pictures are beautiful. Blue is my favorite color so I especially loved these photos.

  12. These are wonderful photographs! I felt as if I were there. Wonderful memories you have captured.

    I'm here from MMB - first time on this blog hop so I'm reading and following everyone. It has been an uplifting Saturday activity. I appreciate your donation to my day.

  13. I love all of the pics! Your girls are so pretty and look adorable in swim suits! Love the bucket heads!

  14. What a great day! Those pictures are amazing! We have definitely been indoors more this summer.

    Beaches here for us would be almost half a day away by car and a few hours by plane.

  15. Oh, that photo of Chloe throwing sand just took my breath away! You have such a talent for capturing life's best moments.

  16. Love those photos!!! Chloe looks like she's getting tall! The buckets were hilarious too.
    We won't be coming anytime soon 'cause we're headed to Cancun this week--I'm SOOOO excited.
    However, if we're ever your way--we'll visit for sure!

  17. Gorgeous photos!

    I really want a good camera... badly.

  18. Love the buckets on the head & the throwing sand picts.

    Beautiful, the lot of them!! And if we lived in the same state, I'd most def hire you to do our family picts!!

  19. Mom has been telling me over and over to look at the pics on your blog of the beach! (since i haven't read blogs for 10 days or so) It really is marvelous. They talked so highly of your home, neighborhood, city. I wanna come!