Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wrapping up Vacation

Our vacation week was loads of fun with a wee bit of relaxation tossed in.  We planned to spend the entire week at home, but mid way through the week we decided to head north for a few days.  We did get a few things done before we left, like our passport project.  I also had an entire day at home by myself.  Did I mention that my husband is the best?  I would like to say I completed many things, but I didn't.  I sat on the porch most of the day finishing up Anna Karenina.  It was heavenly.  

I snapped a shot of our garden progress. So far so good.  Next year I hope to add another square foot box.

At the last minute, Bob found this place on-line.  We booked a two night stay, loaded everyone and just about everything, in the car.

Thursday morning we woke up to rain.  Not exactly what we had in mind when we planned for a day on the lake.  So, we went to plan B and decided to head further west to Lake Michigan.  We ended up in Ludington for most of the day.  Fortunately, by the time we arrived there it was warm, sunny and the rain had moved out for the day.

We headed back to the cottage for dinner and a marshmallow roast.

Enjoying their first ever S'mores

On Friday we started home and made a stop in Saugatuck.  Bob saw a sign for Dune Buggy rides and thought it would be a good idea for our family to try that adventure.  Did I mention we have six young children??  He was right, it ended up being the most enjoyable thing we did all week.  It really was loads of fun.  I sat next to Jonah and he was a bit nervous, until the dune buggy took off and then with arms raised roller coaster style he yelled "this is the life!".   Levi was wearing a baseball hat and was sitting on my lap during the ride.  At one point his hat blew off.  The girls were sitting next to me screaming "his hat blew off, his hat is gone!' over, and over.  Really, I didn't care about the hat, I thought Levi might fly out!

We made a blueberry run for our very last stop.  The last few years we have picked our own, but this summer we thought it would be more prudent to just purchase.  Now I am freezing blueberries and looking for blueberry recipes.

It was nice to have Bob home for a full week and have lots of family time.  During our car trips I had a chance to read The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society, Kimchi & Calamari, as well as Dressing with Dignity.

Jonah chose to spend his car time doing other things,

this is what happens when you sit next to a brother who has too much time on his hands....

you get pencils shoved in your hair while trying to catch some shut eye.


Jill said...

Sounds like a fun week, glad you all got some time to relax a little!

Gardenia said...

the vacation spot looks gorgeous. isn't it wonderful to spend all day long with your hubby ! Truly, "this is the life" ! I too love to get some reading done while on vacation.

Patty said...

I love it! I love it! I love it! Family time is sooo precious. The kids grow up way too quickly. They'll remember this trip forever!

I love the dune buggy...hat blowing off...this is the life!...story:)

Lori said...

A few minutes ago, I was excited that we were leaving to spend a few days at the beach near us. Now I am thinking that we should have gone where you did! Wow. Amazing! So glad you had some good family time. :)

Jen said...

Thanks, it is fun to "get away from it all" even for just a couple of days!

Lynn B said...

Wow, the pictures are amazing! I grew up at the southern end of Lake Michigan (our bishop taught us not to say "at the bottom of Lake Michigan - LOL) and I have such a soft spot for the lake... it is really a spot of heaven. So glad you enjoyed your time together!! Jealous in a good way :)

Patty said...

I have a great blueberry pie recipe that I found last year. I'll try and post it this coming week.

Jen said...

Thanks, it is fun to "get away from it all" even for just a couple of days!

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