family weekend

we skipped town last week on wednesday and headed up to my parents’ house (my childhood home) in bass lake, for a long weekend to celebrate my paternal gram’s 90th birthday (it was a surprise).

it was wonderful.  and relaxing.  and refreshing. and fulfilling (literally – i never felt hunger.


2,500 pieces of puzzles

mud baths for the kids

balance board competitions

dance competitions on the wii

speed scrabble

fire in the wood-burning stove

strawberry margaritas


searching for lady bug patches

snuggling my new nephew to sleep

eating yummy food, like my brother’s black bean salsa, mom’s caesar salad, oreo cookie pancakes, apple crisp pancakes, coffee cake, ribs, and s’mores bars.

lots of cousin time, for both the kids and adults

rocket launching

potato gun shooting

raccoon climbing into our kitchen and eating our food

sleeping in

staying up late

playing catch phrase

getting a sparkly pedi from my sister-in-law

just being with my sister (she lives in australia)

have a very happy week, friends!

ps – new items will be up in the shop later today… after grocery shopping and laundry!


  1. 1

    Oh sweetheart, this looks like an amazing time. My favorite photo of all, is the one of all the cousins walking together in a line holding hands, it brought tears to my eyes…

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    how fun! family is amazing!

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    What a great way to capture the family event! And I loved your comment about you never knew hunger the whole time. :-) Your Grandma must have really enjoyed having all of you there.

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    what a fun weekend! i thought your sis lived in london?? soooo is that black bean salsa recipe a secret? cause i want…NEED some :)

    you’re too cute, lindsey. fun post! :)

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    You guys know how to do it! Sounds wonderful. Love this post because it that is what life is all about… Golden moments with family! You are blessed.

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    You had me at Oreo pancakes!

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    It sounds like a wonderful time. I love getting together with my family and chilling out too. Em xxx

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    Oh my goodness….I never knew you grew up at Bass Lake! We have gone there every year since I was a child :)
    My husband and I love it so much that we actually honeymooned there, and spend every anniversary there too!
    It is such a magical place that holds so many special memories (as I am sure it does for you too!)
    Thanks for sharing your amazing fam weekend!

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    Honestly my first thought upon seeing all those ladybugs was “it looks like a pestilence!” Looks like you all had the perfect time away. I love seeing other close-knit families. Thats very rare nowadays(I sound like Im so old saying that).

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    Those pics sure did make that weekend look so wonderful. Aren’t we thankful for our families!!!

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    Wow! You have a really fun family!!! I’m so glad you had such a great time. Love the pictures too!

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    I love your blog, it’s super cute! And so is your Grandma btw!! It seems like a wonderful weekend!

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    This post brought tears to my eyes! What a lovely family you have. Yay for good times being shared with loved ones. And the pic of you snuggling with the baby, oh my, HOW I miss mine being that tiny and soft. {Although I will of course continue to snuggle them until they are senior citizens} ;) Thank you for sharing. Beautiful!

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    What a great weekend – you can just feel the fun and love in all the photos. Happy Birthday to your Grandmother!!! OK, you can’t just leave us hanging. Oreo pancakes? Must have recipe!!!!

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    BTW, my husband’s family had a cottage up on Lake Michigan where they would spend their summers and his family is obsessed with puzzles. When we went their one summer the fam. all brought puzzles after puzzles. Sorry all you cottagers, I just can’t get into the puzzles. After I do the edges, I’m done.

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    great pictures lindsey!!!

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    That sounds heavenly! I love being with my family :)

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    Oreo cookie pancakes??! Recipe please! :)

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    Okay that looks like the most fun ever!!!!
    Seriously want to go visit with you the next time you go LOL :)

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    Oh man is that little guy smoochable. I’m so happy you got to see and snuggle him to pieces. What a wonderful weekend!

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    What a great weekend – happy birthday to your gram!!

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