I am from Cumberland, Wisconsin - Home of the Beavers, Former Rutabaga Capital of the World and The Island City. My mother was born there, and my father was born in a town only a few miles away. Their parents were born within a few miles of where I grew up and so were theirs, etc.

My hometown pride is thick and I’m thankful to have grown up where I did. Cumberland is a beautiful backdrop filled with clean lakes, a quaint mainstream and (generally) friendly people. I soaked it all in and - as many of you that know me are aware - I enjoyed participating in almost everything I could get my hands on. While I’ll always think of Cumberland fondly, it just isn’t as home to me as the city life. Visiting, however, is ALWAYS a highlight.

 The field across the street is usually speckled with cows.

The field across the street is usually speckled with cows.

My parents have the most beautiful yard, I always look forward to wandering around. I was excited to see my family too. :)

 My sister was thinking she would have dressed my youngest nephew a little differently if she knew we would be taking photos, ha! That’s on her though, because we are always taking photos. :)

My sister was thinking she would have dressed my youngest nephew a little differently if she knew we would be taking photos, ha! That’s on her though, because we are always taking photos. :)

 My mom loves these kiddos.

My mom loves these kiddos.

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 Can’t wait to meet the baby girl growing in that belly!

Can’t wait to meet the baby girl growing in that belly!

 I mean seriously, that face?!

I mean seriously, that face?!

 My dad loves his grandsons. He is always hanging out with them, playing with them and teaching them the things he knows. The first words I ever heard Henry say were when he busted into my parents house and started looking for my dad and shouting, “Four Wheeler! Four Wheeler! Four Wheeler!” Ha!

My dad loves his grandsons. He is always hanging out with them, playing with them and teaching them the things he knows. The first words I ever heard Henry say were when he busted into my parents house and started looking for my dad and shouting, “Four Wheeler! Four Wheeler! Four Wheeler!” Ha!

 Carl wanted to wear his medal. :)

Carl wanted to wear his medal. :)

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So one reason I was especially excited for this trip was because Jimmy, my wonderful boyfriend, was coming to meet everyone. I was excited for him to see where I grew up and to know me better.

 too cool

too cool

One of my favorite things about Jimmy and my family alike are that they enjoy having fun. I brought some water guns and we made a memory. :)

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Two Rules - #1. Don’t shoot Nana. #2. Don’t shoot each other in the face. … … …at least my mom remained dry!

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 Sometimes the best photos are taken on a crummy camera. :)

Sometimes the best photos are taken on a crummy camera. :)

It was the Rutabaga Fest when we came up to Wisconsin. This is our town’s annual fest, mostly known for incredible cheese curds, hot pepper sandwiches and a band called The Dweebs that has played for something crazy like 20 years.

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Summer is Cumberland is incredible. We had an amazing trip up north. Fingers crossed, I’ll be back for Christmas!

Thanks Mom and Dad for making your home one of the greatest places on earth.

xoxoxoxox,
Brittany

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