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August 2012

The Summer a Boy on His Bike Logged 600 Miles

08/20/12

The Summer a Boy on His Bike Logged 600 Miles

When he was a kid, this southeast Michigan guy loved his bike – and still recalls hitting a big milestone on it while on vacation camping with his family.

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Summer with Neighborhood Kids Helped Heal a Broken Heart

08/16/12

Summer with Neighborhood Kids Helped Heal a Broken Heart

Just divorced and alone in a new home, this southeast Michigan woman found solace, joy and a new community through the local rug rats.

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A Pony 'Gift' on the Virginia Island of Chincoteague

08/15/12

A Pony 'Gift' on the Virginia Island of Chincoteague

After being inspired by a classic young adult novel, two sisters share a dream summer vacation – and connect with a special horse.

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Zoe Fish Story: Little Girl Spends the Summer Swimming

08/15/12

Zoe Fish Story: Little Girl Spends the Summer Swimming

Between swim lessons and her grandparents' new pool, little Zoe of Oakland County was a real water bug during her 2012 vacation, mom says.

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Helping Dig Up Sea Turtle Eggs on a Cancun Vacation

08/15/12

Helping Dig Up Sea Turtle Eggs on a Cancun Vacation

During a family trip to Mexico, this southeast Michigan traveler finds an unforgettable experience moving unhatched reptiles from the beach to safer ground.

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India is an Exciting Summer Vacation Treat

08/14/12

India is an Exciting Summer Vacation Treat

A young child recalls this fun trip to the family's home country for a wedding – from a first plane ride to a trip in an auto-rickshaw, and meeting distant relatives.

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Boy's First Summer in Metro Detroit is Full of Fun

08/13/12

Boy's First Summer in Metro Detroit is Full of Fun

Mom recalls her young son's good times along the Detroit River, playing in the mud, fishing, visiting a water park, family BBQs – and riding that big boy bike.

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No-cation Summer Gives Local Family Precious Memories

08/11/12

No-cation Summer Gives Local Family Precious Memories

There wasn't money for fun trips – even the local fair. But these Washtenaw County parents gave their three young kids home moments they'll always remember.

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Belle Isle Memory of a Weeping Willow and Happy Kids

08/10/12

Belle Isle Memory of a Weeping Willow and Happy Kids

It's a simple summer mental snapshot this mom will treasure: Three sweet daughters wrapped up in a lovely tree in the heart of this Detroit park.

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All-American Story of A Favorite Summer Pie

08/10/12

All-American Story of A Favorite Summer Pie

Making a mixed berry pie is more than a labor of love in the kitchen for this metro Detroit mom. It's a family affair that holds fond memories.

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Mom's Great, Great Summer Memory of Grandpa and Son

08/09/12

Mom's Great, Great Summer Memory of Grandpa and Son

Last year, it seemed like it might not happen. But a local mother saw her deepest wish come true when two special family members met each other.

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Kalahari Resort: A Little Brother's Memories

08/08/12

Kalahari Resort: A Little Brother's Memories

Soaked slides, wave pools – even water basketball. No wonder this close-to-southeast Michigan family getaway was so much fun for this little guy.

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Kalahari Resort: Bigger Brother Tells His Version

08/07/12

Kalahari Resort: Bigger Brother Tells His Version

From swans to tornado sirens, there were plenty of fun side stories to this family trip. But the wave pool and zip line ruled most of all, says Shawn.

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Grand Family Vacation in Grand Traverse Bay Area

08/06/12

Grand Family Vacation in Grand Traverse Bay Area

Time's precious for this family of four with two toddlers. A northern Michigan camping trip and sand dunes experience was a prefect getaway.

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A Wedding Joins Two Lives. (But Not the Ones You Think.)

08/06/12

A Wedding Joins Two Lives. (But Not the Ones You Think.)

A fledgling pediatrician saved a preemie baby's life. The two women are serendipitously reunited – 40 years later – through a summer wedding.

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Summer Spans from Bridgeport to Detroit to Cleveland

08/03/12

Summer Spans from Bridgeport to Detroit to Cleveland

Whether cookouts in Connecticut, fun day trips around the D or the big Puerto Rican festival in Ohio, vacation was a blast for this tween.

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California Vacation Holds Many Memories

08/03/12

California Vacation Holds Many Memories

A tween recalls fun family times including dips in the pool, an all-girl-cousins sleepover and pillow fight, fishing – and a sad memory, too.

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Swim Lessons Make a Summer Splash

08/02/12

Swim Lessons Make a Summer Splash

Dispatches from a little metro Detroit water bug: This kid learned how to do all sorts of basic tricks in the pool, and then got plenty of practice.

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Backcountry Trip to Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota

08/01/12

Backcountry Trip to Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota

Getting a taste of the remote wilderness here – from the North Woods beauty to up-close animal encounters – was an incredible summer experience.

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When the Koi Pond Stole Baby Lilly's Pacifier

07/31/12

When the Koi Pond Stole Baby Lilly's Pacifier

A toddler's delight turns into a funny, treasured family story when her beloved 'pa' falls into the water – and, literally, goes to sleep with the fish!

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Learning How to Ride a Bike in Metro Detroit

07/29/12

Learning How to Ride a Bike in Metro Detroit

Mom's favorite summer memory centers on the joy and excitement her three kids experienced when they mastered riding their two wheelers and scooters.

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Toddler's Summer is Short, Sweet and Action-Packed

07/27/12

Toddler's Summer is Short, Sweet and Action-Packed

Swimming? Check. Basketball and T-ball? Yes, sir. And some video games for good measure. No doubt: This little dude knows how to rock vacation.

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Rah, Rah, Sis-Boom-Bah: A Summer Cheerleading Story

07/25/12

Rah, Rah, Sis-Boom-Bah: A Summer Cheerleading Story

A little Oakland County girl gets some glittery gear, learns awesome cheers and does lots of exercise in these 'super awesome' lessons.

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