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June 2012

Dinosaur Summer Adventure is Larger Than Life

06/29/12

Dinosaur Summer Adventure is Larger Than Life

A 5-year-old aspiring paleontologist gets a dream summer vacation visiting bevy of prehistoric themed towns and spots out West.

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A Grandpa Fulfills His Promise One Summer

06/27/12

A Grandpa Fulfills His Promise One Summer

He wanted to be at all 13 of his grandkids' high school graduations. He missed the last in body – but, in a breathtaking sign, not in spirit.

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Family Time is a Blast in Myrtle Beach

06/26/12

Family Time is a Blast in Myrtle Beach

Swimming in the ocean, delicious dinners and lots of bonding made for an awesome family vacation, says this Oakland County girl.

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Bloody Mary Game Scares Bloody Heck Out of Camper

06/25/12

Bloody Mary Game Scares Bloody Heck Out of Camper

One summer at music camp, a group of girls decided to play. One tried to punk out. It didn't work. Find out just how freaked out she got!

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Detroit RiverWalk Sets Scene for Amazing Summer

06/22/12

Detroit RiverWalk Sets Scene for Amazing Summer

Could this be the best summer in the D ever? For one woman, a stroll by the water definitely set it off to sunny, breezy and beautiful beginning.

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Staying Local in Ann Arbor Makes for the Best Summer

06/22/12

Staying Local in Ann Arbor Makes for the Best Summer

She had dreams of studying in Ireland. Instead, this writer wound up visiting three states – and having an unforgettable college summer right at home.

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The Summer at Great Uncle Zenek's Farm in Poland

06/21/12

The Summer at Great Uncle Zenek's Farm in Poland

A little girl, Hanna was only 4 during that visit. But the memories of fresh gooseberries and cow's milk – and a gentle family member – are still vivid.

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Memories of a Water Hand Pump in the Deep South

06/21/12

Memories of a Water Hand Pump in the Deep South

Visiting her grandma's home in rural Alabama one summer, a young mom and her two little kids were captivated by an old-fashioned iron relic.

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Feeding Sting Rays in Atlantis

06/20/12

Feeding Sting Rays in Atlantis

She just planned to give the sea creature a fishy snack. In the process, she got a shower! A Wayne County teen recalls her funniest summer memory.

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Impromptu Vacation in NYC is Incredible

06/20/12

Impromptu Vacation in NYC is Incredible

Forget the itinerary and the budget. The best summer ever was a quick trip to New York City filled with cheap eats and on the fly thrills.

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Have RV, Will Travel Cross-Country – For Family Fun

06/20/12

Have RV, Will Travel Cross-Country – For Family Fun

This brood had been-there, done-that in Michigan. So they rented a mobile home and hit Fort Knox, Florida and more. A local teen shares her story.

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Road Trip Makes Journey to 30 a Little Sweeter

06/19/12

Road Trip Makes Journey to 30 a Little Sweeter

A 30th birthday can be a rough road. But for this woman, it turned into an arbitrary – and totally awesome – adventure to Tennessee with a friend.

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Tea for Three: A Family Tradition at Greenfield Village

06/19/12

Tea for Three: A Family Tradition at Greenfield Village

Think it's strictly a fancy girly affair? Think again. A 'spot' of the beverage at this Dearborn place is how a local mom and her sons kick off the summer.

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Welcoming a New, Adoptive Arrival

06/17/12

Welcoming a New, Adoptive Arrival

Last July, a Saline mom got to be there for the birth of her adopted daughter. That made the summer of 2011 the best of her life – so far!

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Tulip Time Festival and Saugatuck Fun

06/14/12

Tulip Time Festival and Saugatuck Fun

Blooming flowers, parades, art galleries, delicious fish dinners and strolls along a Kalamazoo River beach made for a perfect family vacation.

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An Unforgettable Summer in Iraq

06/12/12

An Unforgettable Summer in Iraq

As a young girl, Rita traveled to another country to visit her grandparents, discovering a surprising world of exquisite beauty and deep community.

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Two Little City Girls Have a Big Country Adventure

06/11/12

Two Little City Girls Have a Big Country Adventure

They were just 7 and 11 years old. But back in 1984, these sisters, aka 'Seven Eleven,' experienced a singular summer vacation romping 'round grandma's farm.

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Staying Up Late on Summer Nights

06/09/12

Staying Up Late on Summer Nights

A southeast Michigan mom reflects on no-bedtime vacations spent eating ice cream, watching TV and planning summer fun with her now-grown daughter.

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The Great Summer Grasshopper Plague

06/07/12

The Great Summer Grasshopper Plague

Neighborhood kids collected tons of the insects, which had hatched like crazy. And, one fateful day, one girl's yard turned into a bug battleground!

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A Kitchen Proposal – and New Beginning

06/07/12

A Kitchen Proposal – and New Beginning

It sure wasn't a conventional marriage proposal. But for metro Detroit mom Shari, it was a perfect start to forever.

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Losing Weight has a Higher Purpose for this Dad

06/06/12

Losing Weight has a Higher Purpose for this Dad

This local father feels a deep sense of spirituality about his yearlong journey to get healthy. It's paving the way to a great summer with his family.

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Summer Day at the Park

06/06/12

Summer Day at the Park

This family of four kicked off their metro Detroit vacation with a stop to the swings – and an unexpected mother-daughter trip down the twisty slide!

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Exploring Creatures and Nature in The Thumb

06/05/12

Exploring Creatures and Nature in The Thumb

A mom teaches her twin kids summer lessons in caring for Mother Earth – by creating a temporary little fish habitat on the lakeshore.

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Cranbrook Day Camp Summer Memories

06/03/12

Cranbrook Day Camp Summer Memories

Recalling new friends, tennis matches, swimming, archery, capture the flag – and pure young boy childhood summer energy – at a metro Detroit gem.

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Capturing Summer in a Picture Box

06/01/12

Capturing Summer in a Picture Box

Childhood vacation memories of porch conversations with grandparents, filled with plenty of Coke and Cheez-Its – and precious family photos.

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A Simple Story of Soccer

06/01/12

A Simple Story of Soccer

Kids' sports games are a staple of summer vacation. This local mom loved watching her nephew score a goal and carry his team to a win.

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