July in Minnesota

I always said I wasn’t going to be the kind of mom who dressed her daughter in dresses. But something happens to me when I am in a store and I walk past a pretty dress. Some sort of magnetic pull. . . especially if said dress matches my daughter’s pretty blue eyes.

So I took the kids out to the lake tonight, my intention being that I needed some good natural light for some pictures of Chloe in this dress. But as soon as she saw the beach she made a B-line and I never even got to snap any shots of her dress matching her eyes!

She walked to the edge and I thought once the water touched her toes she would surely turn back around.

But she sat right down in the water. I tried to put on her suit, but she wouldn’t have it. Thrashing about so bad, I couldn’t even get her into it if I wanted. So I let her be.

Wow, look at the ring of sand over Chloe’s head that Andrew must have flung. . .

We had some weather rolling in and I thought we were going to get rained out. But it just made for awesome picture taking.

This is why people want to live on the lake in Minnesota.

I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best.

The sun started to cloud away and we decided to go check out another nearby lake.

Only a mile away and the sun came back out. I think this is what they mean by amber waves of grain.

The other lake had some sunflowers and that was about it.

I’m pretty sure these contribute to my allergy debacle but they are beautiful nonetheless.


  1. Posted July 14, 2010 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    Great shots. What lake were you at? How was the clarity of the water?

  2. Posted July 14, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Belle Lake- Piepenburg park. Just northwest of you guys. The water looked clear where we were, a little green along the edges though but I couldn’t tell if that was just the reflection of the trees.

  3. Marlene
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Love the photos! Love the dress and love that she refused to put on her swimming suit – I have a little guy who is the same way! My favorite is the 1st shot under the one where Andrew threw the sand – and the one of the sunflowers!