August 21, 2013

We Are Family

About five years ago, I thought wouldn't it be a wonderful experience for my children, their spouses, my grandchildren, and myself to make family memories that would/could be passed down through the generations. Hence the last Saturday in July is the start of our week long Sanderson Family Vacation. What was I thinking?!

Several days before we depart for Door County Wisconsin, specifically Egg Harbor we began packing. We stay in a three bedroom townhouse that sleeps twelve, kids get the honor of sleeping on the two sofa sleepers. Two full bathrooms, a half bathroom, kitchen area, dining room, living room, loft area, garage, and a deck. The complex has an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis court, playground, and hiking trails. My daughters and their friends and family will go up at different times during the year, but this is when we vacation as a family.

My son is not a lover of Door County, so I bring his son up with me so he can enjoy spending time with the family.

Spending seven days with family can and does have moments of frustration, but the frustration is resolved quickly and peace is restored until the next frustration.

I love every moment good, bad and ugly of our family vacations, just look at these photos...

I had seven days that filled my heart with such joy and happiness. Do you do extended family vacation? Do you go to the same place every year? Where is your favorite spot to vacation? I would love to hear about your vacation adventures.


  1. Looks like you folks had a blast. Love seeing your grandkids have such fun. They will remember this vacation always. Linda

  2. Vacations are such wonderful bonding times! This year we rented a beautiful log cabin that sleeps 14 over New Years and the entire family came, 4 kids, 4 spouses and 4 grandchildren plus us for a winter vacation in the wilds of northern Ohio.

  3. Looks like you have plenty of things to keep you busy.

  4. So glad you had a wonderful time. those memories will be talked about 50-70 years from now. As your grandchildren tell THERE grandchildren!
    just wonderful!
    My vacations these days are just days at 1515, cousins weekends twice a year and our Reunion weekend. You just feel so loved after those family vacations/get togethers!

  5. WE only once had a family holiday where everyone came, My children, Tony's children and a variety of grandchildren.It was chaotic but wonderful.Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  6. Paulette, I've always wanted to visit Door County! And here we are, on the opposite side of the state. The photos tell of a wonderful time together!

  7. Looks like it was lots of fun and lots of great memories were made! Love summer!!

  8. Paulette, your photos are wonderful; what a beautiful family you have. It's so great that you can spend this quality and fun time with your loved ones. We've recently started going to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with my daughter and her boyfriend for our vacations. It's so lovely there and quiet as we go off-season. And best of all, we can take our Scotties too (our Mitty and our grand pup Boomer, who LOVES the water).