It’s Blog Circle time again! This month the theme is “Celebrate” – the perfect theme for July. Like so many people, I get caught up in the daily stresses of life, and tend to forget just how many things there are to celebrate each and every day. And the timing of this blog could not have come at a better time to remind me of that! This week, I’m on a super special vacation with some even more special people.

When I was growing up, every summer my family would take a vacation with my mom’s whole family – my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. We did so many different things – scuba diving in the Cayman Islands, camping in the Rocky Mountains, river rafting down the Salmon River in Oregon, water skiing on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho… See, we all lived in different parts of the country and these special weeks were a way to spend time together and make up for the many months that would go by where we couldn’t be together.

As a kid, I always had fun and looked forward to the special summer vacation – I mean, we did some pretty cool things and went to some amazing places. But as an adult, as I look back, I realize how unbelievably lucky I am to be a part of such a close knit family who chose to spend a week every summer just being together.

Now that we’re all older and have jobs, significant others and families of our own, the big family trips have lessened in frequency. Instead of every summer, we now go every three years or so. Instead of finding a house for 14 people, there are now 24 of us staying together. But, when we do all get together, the feeling is still exactly the same!

So, during this special week of family and celebration, I am choosing to highlight and celebrate the two people who started this all – my wonderful grandparents. Because of the generosity and love of these two people, I have 30+ years of special memories and am part of the best family around. I feel so fortunate that my children are now getting to experience what was one of my favorite parts of growing up, and are making lifelong memories of their own.

I’m a lucky lady for many reasons, and having these two people as my grandparents is pretty high on the list. Plus, they’re some of the coolest people around. Meet my Grandma and Grandpa J – aren’t they adorable?!

Now, to continue on the Blog Circle, go check out my friend Robin from Picsy Photography and her interpretation of celebrate. And don’t forget to leave us a little note letting us know what you think!


Kate - July 17, 2013 - 10:27 am

This is wonderful. Great tradition, and terrific that you all get to share that bond. And I love the photos! They look like fun people!

brit Jonaitis - July 17, 2013 - 11:39 pm

They are so sweet! Great post!

Erin Nisi - July 18, 2013 - 6:33 am

Congratulations to your grandparents! They are so sweet! It is amazing to think they started it all! Enjoy your time with your family!

Robin - July 18, 2013 - 11:01 am

Oh MY goodness! Stephanie, these images of your adorable grandparents are so, so, so special. Your heartfelt words and perfect images capture their sweet-sweet love for one another. Keep enjoying all these special memories with your amazing family this week. Love!

jennifer - July 21, 2013 - 12:20 pm

I’m in love with these images. You’ve really captured them. Can I come join your family?!

robin s - July 22, 2013 - 11:00 pm

i love these shots you got of them! wow you can see how totally in love they still are!!!

Gretchen - July 31, 2013 - 9:53 am

What a treasure these images will be to your family! Beautiful captures –

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