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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A fireworks barge glided past, too.

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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. 😉

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10 Responses to Vacation & the Fourth of July

  1. GA says:

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

    • Becca says:

      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 says:

    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!

    • Becca says:

      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 says:

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

    • Becca says:

      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 says:

    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.

  5. Kelly says:

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

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