Monday, September 1, 2014

Michigan Vacation: Part 4

On Wednesday we started the morning off with donuts.  Papaw (Jeremy's dad) always gets Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast on vacation.  There was no Krispy Kreme close by but we picked up some donuts at a local grocery store.  We had to text this picture to Papaw to show him we are still continuing a tradition.

It was still a little cool, but a beautiful, sunny day.  We decided to go in to the town to have lunch and walk around.  We went to a deli for lunch that had a nice back patio with corn hole sets and games.

I love this picture of my dad and the girls!

Umm, can you tell they are sisters?!

After lunch we walked around the shops and went down to the marina.  We attempted to get a family photo with my camera's timer. 

Not too bad, but I am blocking my dad.

Better, but our girls are being goofy.  That's them though. 

Playing by the marina and rolling down hills.

My baby is growing up!  She looks so old here!

These girls love their daddy!

My parents had to leave that afternoon.  That evening we played games, corn hole and had dinner.  But first we took some selfies. :)  Love this crew!

We then walked down to the beach after dinner.  This was one of my favorite evenings of the trip.  It was just us on the beach enjoying one another.

Love these pictures of the boys!  Great lighting for photos.

Addison is such a nature girl.  She was collecting lots of things she found on the beach.  She wanted to bring some of the items home for Dina's fish bowl.

More selfies.  :)

Sweet Kate-Kate!


Playing some football.

Pics of Kate exploring.  She is totally content just doing her own thing.

Two sweet sisters.  I think this picture shows how much they love each other...when they are getting along.  Ha!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Michigan: Part 3

Still trying to tackle our Michigan vacation on the blog.  The formatting is a little messed up because I used iphone and my camera pictures.  On Tuesday it was pretty chilly and windy (high of 64) so we decided to go to Warren Dunes State Park.  It was only about 20-30 minutes away.  I have never seen sand dunes before and I was quite surprised how big they were.

Headed up to towards the top.

I am at the top trying to get a picture of my mom and Addie.  The kids ran down the dunes and climbed back up. 

Kate was not impressed with the dunes because it was so windy.  Jeremy and I took turns carrying her up the hill.  Talk about a workout!  Shew!

Once we were at the very top and behind some trees it wasn't as windy. 

Does it look like the Caribbean? I could not believe how blue the water was.

It was also crazy to think that the water was actually a lake made from a glacier.  God's creation is incredible!

Family pic.  Yes, we have sweatshirts on in July.

Grandpa didn't make it all the way up the dunes.  It was a tough hike and he recently had eye surgery so we didn't want him getting sand in his eye.  Grammy was determined to tackle it and she did.

Told you Kate didn't like the wind.  Ha!

On the way down.  Another workout for Jeremy.

David tried to run down the dune.  It ended up looking more like a bunny hop.  It cracked us up.

This dude was hang gliding.  Crazy!

We took a break and ate our picnic lunch.  Afterwards we went on a hike in the park.

The hike led us close to the water.  It was a beautiful area.

On the way back we stopped at Oink's in New Buffalo.  It was recommended by multiple people. It was the cutest ice cream shop.  It was decorated with lots of ice cream scoops, machines, etc. and had pigs everywhere.  Even the parking spots were named after pigs (Porky, Miss Piggy, etc.).  And apparently Joe Biden stopped in a couple of years ago.

By the late afternoon the wind died down and some of the group went golfing while we cooked dinner.  Addie went golfing for the first time along with Jeremy, David, Dylan and my mom.  Addie did great, but when she saw Carrie, Kate, Dawson and I on the playground around hole 6 she stopped and stayed with us.  I guess she had enough.  Kate liked catching up with them for a hole by the playground. 

Dylan enjoyed himself.  He played a couple of times during the week.  I think he liked being with the older guys (Jeremy and David) on the course.