Countrytime in the Summertime

My little family just returned from a short visit to our home-state of Michigan (hence the lack of posting last week). Rob and I moved away ten years ago this summer, so while Tennessee definitely feels like home to us, we share a history in Michigan. Whenever we travel back there and Rob tells stories of growing up, it always amazes me how our childhood homes were only seven miles apart and yet we led very different lives as kids. While I spent summers devouring stacks upon stacks of library books, Rob was out riding his dirt bike in the fields surrounding his house. I worked at the mall and he baled hay on a farm…

Going back to where I grew up isn’t always the easiest thing for me – I wonder if that is true for you as well. Have I changed that much, or is it I’ve changed very little and therein lies the tension?

These trips are always very busy for us, trying to see as many loved ones as possible – any of you who live away from family know the balancing act it can be. This trip was no exception, but we did manage to spend the majority of our last day outdoors enjoying the weather, the scenery and each other. The photographs below document some of our day in the country at my in-laws home. Enjoy – thanks again for stopping by and for all your comments!

(Just a note, the one hour I had set aside to take some photos of the neighborhood I grew up in happened to be when a raging thunderstorm complete with lightning strikes outside my parent’s house decided to blow through. Needless to say, I’ll have to make make another trip north soon.)

Emma and Rob playing "chase me" - this one shot encapsulates the entire day for me.

Emma and Rob playing "chase me" - this one shot encapsulates the entire day for me.

father and son surveying the garden

father and son surveying the garden

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These guys were quite disappointed upon figuring out I was with camera and not an evening snack

These little guys were quite disappointed upon figuring out I was with camera and not an evening snack.

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The light was sooooo good when we reached this farm, I think I took ten shots of the same barns.

The light was sooooo good when we reached this farm on our evening walk, I think I took ten shots of the same barns.

July 2, 2009 - 10:17 am

Jen Ambrose Ah, these photos are so very much Michigan. I love them. Especially the ones of the barns.

July 3, 2009 - 11:58 am

Crystal ooohhh – I love that double barn shot. I’m sure the light was good – but the photographer was pretty great too. 😉
Thanks for sharing!

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