Vacation & the Fourth of July

We (Alex and I and my in-laws) just returned this weekend from a trip to Spirit Lake, IA to visit some friends. They live on East Okoboji Lake, so we had the privilege of waking up to this view every morning.


We all had a wonderful time and they were terrific hosts. We even got to go out on a boat a couple of times.


You’d think I would’ve had plenty of extra time to do a few posts here and there, but I really had no interest. Let’s be real, here…Can you blame me?

I think I only went on the internet once or twice during the trip. It was nice to unplug for a while. I worked a bit on my computer, but nothing that required internet access. I did a lot of looking out at the lake and thinking or reading. I even had the opportunity to do a little sewing. 😀 Our hostess was sweet enough to let me use her sewing machine while we were there. Sewing while listening to the water lap onto the shore was a restorative experience.

Our hostess also took us to all the great thrift and antique stores in the area. When I say, “us,” I mean me and my mother-in-law. The day the guys come with us to thrift stores would be the day the earth stands still. 😉 Anyway, those of you who follow on Instagram may have seen some of the goodies that I brought home with me.


I can’t wait to use some of those buttons and belt buckles!

I finally have a tailor's ham. :-D
I finally have a tailor’s ham. 😀

The 4th of July was a lovely, lazy day for all of us. I wanted to be outside all day and soak up the beautiful weather, knowing I’d be back in the heat and humidity of Southern Maryland soon enough.

Me and Alex, enjoying the view and hatching plans

It was a very festive day. There was a barge with a huge flag that circled the lake a couple of times.


A fireworks barge glided past, too.


There were fireworks in the evening on West Okoboji Lake and we rode a boat to the edge of East Okoboji Lake to watch them. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to watch fireworks on the water two times now. It’s an experience I won’t soon forget.

I hope those of you in the U.S. had a wonderful 4th of July and weekend, and for those of you not in the U.S., I still hope you had an enjoyable weekend. 😉

  1. GA

    July 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I was so confused as to where you were!!! Thanks for clearing it up. Love you.

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Haha! Glad to clear up the confusion, although my parents and sisters should’ve known where I was (but they may not have been listening too well when I told them ;)) Love you, too!

  2. Kathryn

    July 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

    This looks so beautiful, and relaxing as well. It’s good to switch off for a while like that from the whole online world! Your description of sewing with the sound of the water in the background sounds like bliss!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      It was very relaxing. I agree, sometimes it’s a good idea to take a break from the online world. Sewing in that setting definitely made me want to live by a body of water. 🙂

  3. gingermakes

    July 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    What a nice vacation! Glad you got to take some time away (and do some fun thrifting, too!)!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      It was lovely! It’s always nice to break away from life for a bit, and the thrifting was definitely an added bonus. 🙂

  4. EmSewCrazy

    July 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    What a great thrifting haul! You’re going to love your tailor’s ham. It makes life so much easier and your garments look twice as good. I love mine.

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      I already am! 😀 It’s awesome! I don’t know how I lived without it.

  5. Kelly

    July 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Oh my gosh I can’t live without my tailor’s ham, you will love it!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      I don’t know how I’ve done without one for so long! I’m really attached to it already. 🙂

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