Monday, August 29, 2011

A day at the beach

This past weekend we went up to visit my family in a cute lake town in WI, called Lake Mills. My family has been spending summers up there since my mom was young so I hold it near and dear to my heart. It has grown so much since I was little and it’s not just a summer town anymore, yet it still holds so much charm. Most of my extended family has moved up there on a full-time basis to escape all the hustle and bustle of the Chicagoland area and have a slower pace of life living by the lake.
My cousin was so gracious to open her home to us to spend the weekend. As a token of our appreciation, I picked some just ripe tomoatoes from our garden and wrapped them up to give them.
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We had a great weekend; we couldn’t of asked for more perfect weather! Friday night we cooked brats from Glenn’s Meat Market for dinner. These bratwursts are amazing and they have a trillion different varieties!!!! We had the parmesan and garlic and the traditional Sheboygan, DELICIOUS. Warning, you can’t go back to a Johnsonville brat after these… I just found out due to popular demand from non-locals, Glenn’s will ship to you. YEAH!!!  I will for sure be ordering some next summer since we brought some back from this trip. Afterwards, the rest of the family came over for a bonfire. It was great to catch up with everyone since we don’t get to see them more than a couple times a year.
Saturday morning we hit the beach about 9:45 to get a good spot before the beach gets busy as more and more people are discovering this hidden gem.  Sandy Beach on Rock Lake is a cute little beach that really hasn’t changed much from when I was young and the water is still pretty clean.

A beautiful lake (it’s still early so not too many boats out yet…so peaceful)
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Cute little bait and snack shop
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Beautiful trees and covered pavillions for parties
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one of the many areas of boat slips (they are a HOT commodity, especially on the beach side of the lake)
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We played in the sand and water for a couple hours. Reed LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the beach. That makes me so happy, seeing him enjoy a place I did as a kid. We hope to make this part of our summers every year.
This first one I love…I am playing with my new zoom lens…wow what a difference in pictures it makes!
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going to the water to fill up truck bucket 
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he did such a great job carrying it back without spilling
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then off for a ride on my cousin’s boat
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There are some beautiful homes on the lake…I’ll take one of these please…
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I’d say this was a great way to end “summer”.


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