So we’ve spent the last week as a family at what we call the Praire House and cabin. We drove over 1500 miles round trip to spend a week in Northwest Wisconsin. Home, even though I haven’t ever officially lived there. It was our family cabin while I was growing up. The property has expanded since then to include a year round home a few miles away.
We spend a week with my parents passing on summer traditions to my kids. Cabin living. It is a cherished time for me to relive my family memories while creating new ones with my kids. There are only a few 4th of July’s in my life that haven’t been spent in Siren, Wisconsin. We’ve had cabin life here since I was three!
Like some traditions, some decor hasn’t changed in years. It just feels like home. This Finnish welcome sign hangs on the cabin above the door. I don’t remember it not there, though I do remember when my mom painted it.
Despite the intense heat, we ran in the Freedom 5K (I think my parents have only missed 3-4 of the 32 year race). No record breaking times this year, it was too hot. But Nathan came in 4th for the kids run! This year all my mom's sisters joined us in the tradition.
Then off to the parade...Only in NW Wisconsin do they have floats with people dressed in full hunting gear on a 100 deg day.
Home from the parade for some time with family. Good eats, good times. We made my red, white a blue cake.
We spent the rest of the week swimming, boating, 4 wheeling and playing. My kids were even introduced to cabin world of bathing in the lake and washing dishes.
My dad always talked about how the lake was so perfect on sunday evenings, right when it was time to pack up. Well Big Sand didn’t dissappoint that tradition. Just looking at this picture makes me want to pack my van right back up and return to cabin life!
We have sadly returned back to “real life”. This week I will give you a glimpse of “home” and some of the projects I have done there over the years. I so wish this home wasn’t 751 miles away!
Off to do laundry, unpack, grocery shop, run, and paint for a client. Back to reality.