The past month has been incredibly busy as we work to get our office back up to speed. We’re all excited to be fully open once again and to return to having face-to-face meetings. Of course, we’re continuing to take all manner of precautions as we welcome people back into the office, as the health and safety of our clients, their families, and everyone here remains a top priority.

Outside of the office, my brother and I had a fun excursion to ring in summer. We rented a motorhome and drove down to Florida. We decided to rent the RV and take the trip to pick up our mom from the Sunshine State. We didn’t want her flying home and having to deal with airports and crowded planes — especially in the middle of a pandemic. Plus, driving there and back again gave us a chance to stop at fun places along the way.

When we were driving through Georgia, we stopped at the beach for the day. It was a great opportunity to relax and take a long walk. My brother also wanted to make a pit stop in Wytheville, Virginia, home of the Big Pencil. I don’t know if it’s the world’s biggest pencil, but it is very large — about two stories tall or 20–25 feet long. It’s just a giant replica of a No. 2 pencil that serves as the sign for Wytheville Office Supply.

After our road trip, I was happy to get home and settled. As we put together this edition of the newsletter, the Fourth of July is right around the corner (and by the time you read this, the holiday will have come and gone). I’m looking forward to hanging around the house with the family, hitting the swimming pool, and grilling some burgers. Our Fourth is always a pretty laid-back day and with the Fourth landing on a Saturday, I’m sure it will be even more laid back than usual!

When I was younger, I always looked forward to the summer months because they meant no school and total freedom. That said, both of my parents were teachers so they were around all summer, too. I’m sure they enjoyed the time off as well!

We had this old, dry-rotted boat we’d go out on. We had so many great times on the boat. When you’re a kid, it’s better than any yacht. It’s such a simple thing. You can motor out to the middle of a lake and swim and fish and just have the time of your life. I remember when we visited my grandparents in Muskegon, too. We’d go out to the sand dunes and make a day of it.

These days, I like to get outside when I can. I love to take advantage of the summer weather. Sometimes, we’ll go up to the Upper Peninsula and just get lost in the trees and lakes. It’s always good to get away from it all for a while and surround yourself with nature — and the Upper Peninsula is the perfect place to do just that.

With that, I hope you, too, are having a great summer.

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