The Cottage

For years my family has gone to cottages as our summer vacation.

The last time we went was 9 years ago.

My brothers and I decided to beg ask our parents if we could do it again.

Restart the tradition now that we have families to share.

They jumped on it.

So my parents secured two cottages for 11 people and one fetus (not me, people).

We all arrived on Saturday.

Cort had to leave Sunday night, but the boys and I stayed until Tuesday evening.

It was exhausting.

And fun.

And so many words filled my head and sprang from my fingers into journals for later.

It was wonderful.

Here is a glimpse of what I hope will become an annual trip…

the cottage

games {my brother, Chris and my dad}

a quiet afternoon with my buddy and a Word Doc.

hanging with grandma

Cort makes breakfast for everyone

cousins: Jack and Eddie

small chairs are small

note: a dropped dr. pepper can will explode, but helpful Eddie will wash it off the cottage.

cottages are for relaxing

walk on the dock with daddy.

hot weather makes us stinky, but happy

bath in the kitchen sink

beach day!

campfire food on the hottest day ever

so much swimming!

getting some much needed relaxation

books with grandma

ahhh. cottage life.

Next year we hope to stay the whole week.

With Cortney there the whole time too.

Because despite the heat, humidity, dirt, and lack of TV and internet, it was EXACTLY what we needed.

Thanks, mom and dad, for making this happen.

The cottage is Sluiter Approved!


If you missed it yesterday, I am helping my friend Mark get his story out there.  It’s important to me because it’s HUGE to him.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Mamaintheburbs says

    Great pictures! Looks like you are having a nice, relaxing time! It reminds me of our place on a pond in Cape Cod.

  2. This post makes me happy . . . it’s so very similar to the way we handle our vacation 🙂

  3. Lovely! We talk about doing this with friends, but bringing the grandparents is a great possibility as well…

    • I love that my kids and my nieces/nephews are the next generation of cottage-goers. It was such a tradition for my family since I was very little. So much awesome.

  4. That sounds like the best trip ever. We need a tradition like that. How fun!

  5. LOVE kitchen sink bath photo! Looks like huge fun, glad you had the time off.

  6. First, it’s funny to see Cort in a small chair and Eddie in a huge one.
    Second, your dad is totally cute!
    Third, I didn’t know that you wrote about us on a separate site! I thought it was going to be here. Now I need to go check this out!
    Your Friend, m.

    • you can tell from that tiny pic that my dad is cute? I mean, of COURSE he is cute…how do you think I turned out so adorable?

      And I am glad you liked the post. I was all sorts of nervous. I hope it reaches more people…I just think so many people are unaware that this sort of thing is happening both with the {lack of} recognition of gay marriage as a legally binding marriage AND about our immigration laws totally sucking. Sigh.

      Anything I can do to help, I am totally on it.

  7. I love cottage vacations! So much fun and yes, so exhausting.

  8. What a fun getaway! It is nice to get away from the regular routine and enjoy a different pace for a little while.

    • A slower, much more laid back, do whatever, eat whatever pace. So awesome. Plus it made me remember how awesome AC and yoga pants are 🙂

  9. we always went to cottages as well! i spent weeks at burt lake, gulliver lake, lake anne and spider lake as a child. then i got into high school and sports and summer vacations ended, but spring vacations to warm locations began!

  10. LOVE this! Mine and husband’s families just started this tradition a couple years ago and it’s wonderful … a great way to relax and bond. 🙂

  11. Oh how I miss family vacations in Michigan. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Love all the photos.

  12. Just the word cottage evokes relaxation and wonderful memories to be made. It looks like you did just that. 🙂