Every summer the kids and I take a break from our every day routines that are required by life in Los Angeles and escape to my hometown in Minnesota. I never imagined that I would ever raise my kids anywhere but here, and although I love the world and family we have created in California, I want them to know this home too. I dream for them to be as close to their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins as I was when everyone only lived a couple miles away from each other. So we come here for the summer where the only thing on our schedule is making it to the local bakery in the morning before they sell out of cinnamon rolls. Our days are spent outside swimming, hiking, and fishing, or inside playing cards and board games when the occasional thunderstorms roll in. The kids are learning how to make their own fun and how to never ever go to bed on time.