well summer has flown by yet again this year. it was a wonderfully full season with lots of activity and quality time with friends and family. after joel's parents left my sister and her 4 kids spent a few weeks with my parents in wi, so we practically moved in while they were there. joel's cousins also stopped in for a few days while on a trip out east. lauren was fortunate enough to go to valleyfair twice this year, not to mention the zoo and numerous trips to beaches and parks. as much fun as we had, i have to admit i am looking forward to the (hopefully) slower pace of fall, which also means hot chocolate, football (thanks brett), falling leaves, fires, crisp air and memories of all the great summer adventures we enjoyed!