Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Taste of Summer

Skipping Stones
This past weekend Bria and I went on a Girl Scout trip up to Copper Harbor for a little hiking, kayaking and letterboxing.  The weather was finally gorgeous--gorgeous enough for me to get a nasty sunburn--and I cannot even tell you how excited I am for the girls to be out of school this coming Thursday.  Two more days!!

Brockway View
I really love going on these Girl Scout outings with Bria (Chloe, too, when she has them, although hers this year was just a sleepover/swimming party in the hotel up the street) because I get to spend some special time with her.  I'm just so amazed by how grown up she is becoming.  Remember how I said there are only two more days of school?  Well, for Bria that takes on extra meaning because these are her last days of elementary school.  When on earth did I become the mother of a middle-schooler, I ask you?

Hunter's Point
I also love going on these outings, because I get to see so many beautiful places and learn so much more about the area that I live in.  We got to go to this rocky beach and find Lake Superior agates, and Bria and I found several for our collections.  Not to mention all of the other beautiful rocks we came home with.

Calumet Waterworks
And, hello?  We went kayaking.  Kayaking.  I never thought I would ever find myself on a kayak!  Bria and I did the tandem kayak and we had so much fun.  I can't wait to do it again with the rest of the family.  Joel would love it.  It was so wonderful just rowing along on Lake Superior, appreciating God's beauty.  Unfortunately, I have no pictures because I couldn't figure out how to learn how to kayak while simultaneously taking pictures.  I'm pretty sure I would have dropped my camera in the bottom of the lake if I had tried.  But trust me, it was wonderful.

Bria on Brockway
And boy, am I ever ready for summer!

Bring it on.
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 need to get near some water! It's finally warm enough!

  2. What fun for you! And kayaking is a blast. Glad you got to try it. Anyway, it is about time you got summer, you had one heck of a winter.

  3. Lovely! I've been kayaking once, too. Totally don't feel like the type of person, but isn't it awesome? I can totally understand why one of my blog friends is obsessed with it. So peaceful. What a fun way to spend time with your daughter.

  4. gorgeous girls and pictures...it's so strange to have your children get older, isn't it? I don't feel older yet, I just feel like they're catching up with me... so fun to have a great friend in these wonderful little ones.

    I can't wait to go Letterboxing again.

  5. Oh, man. The greenery AND the water. So gorgeous!

  6. Isn't Lake Superior just the most beautiful ever?? Wee bit on the cold side, but absolutely stunning. Great photos. Glad the weather is starting to turn for the better up there.

  7. You live in a beautiful place. I hope the sunburn heals quickly, and your summer is a fantastic one!

  8. Hi Lara -
    I have been a neighbor who has been called to the Lansing Mission and I am so curious if that is your mission. Anyhow - I have a question to ask you - I want to get her something to help her out - what do you see a sister needing in that neck of the woods? Any ideas? If you get a second and could pass on an idea or two, I would be very grateful - THANKS!