Just after the Ann Arbor wedding, we headed 15 minutes west to Chelsea, MI, where our dear friends Tanya and Luman Strong live. Tanya and I met one summer while working at a camp in the Crystal Falls, MI (she was the camp nurse, and I the arts and crafts director) and became kindred spirits at once. After college, we both found jobs in the QC and became roommates, and have been part of each others' lives ever since. It had been SIX YEARS since we've gotten our families together, so our being in Michigan meant a must-stop at the Strongs. It was great to see them and spend the 4th of July together....our husbands both avid (and particular) coffee drinkers made for a delicious and caffeine-filled few days. Here are some highlights!
It was a HOT few days....as soon as we arrived, the kids all jumped in the pool for some cooling off.
Tim with little 17 month old Simeon. He is such a funny little guy with the cutest little grin!
On July 4th, we were up early for a pancake breakfast and parade. Chelsea, MI is home of the Jiffy Mix factory, so during the parade, they tossed out boxes of various Jiffy mixes! Fun! None of us got hit in the head with one, in case you were wondering. :)
We spend some time at Long Lake swimming and hanging out...the kids had fun catching fish with their nets! (Janie has one in her net)
We also got to canoe around the lake...the kids had fun jumping/diving off the dock that was out in the middle of the lake. That's some real summer fun!
That night, the kids were pretty worn out..so they crashed on the couch with a movie and parade candy while we adults sat outside and drank iced coffee...
The Strong Family..Selah, Tanya, Simeon, Boaz, and Luman
Janie had Selah by her side the WHOLE time! So cute!
It was so good to spend time with the Strongs...friendships like these are good for the soul!