ArchiTalk Series: Summer Break

Welcome to ArchiTalks #10: Summer Break. ArchiTalks is a series curated by Bob Borson over at Life of an Architect, where a whole bunch of architectural bloggers all blog about the same topic on the same day. Curious what other architects are doing for their summer break? Check out the links to their blogs at the bottom of the post!

Summer break means so many things to me personally. There is the good: basking in the sun, long summer nights, drinks on the deck. There is the bad: mosquito bites, sun burns, scraped knees. But for me, more than anything, summer break means spending time with the family OUTSIDE! So I hope enjoy this little photo montage of our summer so far. Every summer has to start with an end though. For us that meant saying goodbye to a young lady’s first year of preschool, goodbye to Kindergarten, and goodbye to Law School. While all these goodbyes made me teary-eyed, there was a lot of relief and celebration with that last one! Without further ado… the Kalar summer break of 2015 thus far:

01- First-Last Day

Summer Break means we now have a First Grader and an almost 4-year old!


02- graduation

Summer break means studying for the bar exam.


03- t-ball

Summer break means T-Ball!


04- t-ball Ceci

And a little lady who wants to be just like her big brother.


05- caught in the rain

Summer break means getting caught in the rain (and sometimes on purpose).


06- Kite flying

It means taking time to fly a kite.


07- picnics

It means PICNICS!!!!  YAY!!!


08- picnincs3

Did I mention that I love picnics?


12- hiking

Summer break means exploring on the North Shore of Lake Superior and….


09- space exploring

exploring outer space!


10- sprinkler

Summer break means running through the sprinkler and…


11- water gun fights

squirt gun fights!!


13- Playground

It means playing at the playground and…


14- playground2

it means happy siblings (and happier parents because they are getting along!)


15- racing

Summer break means race season (marathon #39 is under his belt…  look out Boston- here he comes!)


16- monkey bars

Summer break means mastering the monkey bars and…


17- dancing

dancing like no one is watching.


18- relaxing

It means relaxing and giggling.


19- mates of state

It means the best birthday present ever: Mates of State!


20- coworkers

Summer break means celebrating major milestones with my favorites co-workers and closest friends…


21- shots

And I do mean celebrating! All because of this:


22- YAA

It truly has been a hallmark summer for us so far! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store for us! How has your summer been? What are your happy summer moments?

Check out how other architects decided to tackle the topic of ‘Summer Break’ for ArchiTalks #10:
Bob Borson – Life of An Architect
Architectural Bucket List

Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture

Marica McKeel – Studio MM
Summer Break = Extreme Architecture

Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet
Summer Break and Aunt Loretta

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect
summer break

Mark R. LePage – Entrepreneur Architect
2 Simple Systems That Will Transform Your Studio

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC
Vacationing with an Architect

Jes Stafford – Modus Operandi Design
Summer Getaway

Rosa Sheng – Equity by Design / The Missing 32% Project
#Architalks 10 – Give me a Break!

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect
#Architalks 10 – “”summer break””

Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC
Architalks: There, but not there

Michael Riscica – Young Architect
Architecture Students Summer Break

Architect: Gift or Curse?

brady ernst – Soapbox Architect
The Education of an Agrarian Architect

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect
Summer Vacation

Tara Imani – Tara Imani Designs, LLC
A Brilliant Summer Break

Eric Wittman – intern[life]
summer break [or] summer school

Architecture By George
Summer Break #ArchiTalks

Brinn Miracle – Architangent
Summer Break


  1. matthew.Stanfield

    July 13, 2015

    The pictures are great. I really enjoyed your post.

  2. Mark

    July 13, 2015

    I hope you and your family have as much fun with the rest of your summer… And a huge congrats on the AIA honor.

  3. Sharon George

    July 11, 2015

    Congratulations Amy. And I love the picture post.
    Happy Summer.

  4. Lora

    July 6, 2015

    Love all of the pics!

  5. Brinn Miracle

    July 6, 2015

    Looks like a fun summer! I’m looking forward to experiencing family fun in the coming years 🙂

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