Welcome back to our super exciting journey in the lovely state of Michigan!
Incase you lost track, we're up to Wednesday now. Wednesday was mall day because we heard it was supposed to rain. But it didn't. So we just shopped 'til lunch.
The little girls all dressed for shopping.
Like the matching black shirts? It happens nearly every year on accident. This year two of us did it on accident, so the third had to join in too!
At least Addie's in the driver's seat. Good girl.
Thursday we headed seven miles over to Sutton's Bay. A super cute little beach town with lots of fun shops.
The sign says it all.
We tried to answer the age old question:
Well, at least five. But I'm bettin' on 12.
Sutton's Bay not only has great shops, but it also has a great park on a beach where we had our lunch and played awhile.
And of course we had to get our photo ops in:
Ana (3), Scott (22), Dawn (29) and Will (1)
...yeah, she's a cradle robber... ;)
Teri (29), Cooper (3), Carson (5), Chuck (40)
...but trust me, he doesn't act his age...
Millie (2), Chad (39), Addie (4), Me (24), Tate (0)
I think people thought we were running a daycare.
Thursday night we roasted marshmallows over the grill and enjoyed s'mores made with Reese's cups! Yum!
Friday was our last day so we headed to Bar Lake. Hands down the BEST beach to visit if you're ever in northern Michigan. There's a channel connecting the little lake to the big lake - Lake Michigan, so you get the best of both worlds. Warmer water in Bar Lake, a warm shallow channel for the kids to play in, and the big waves of Lake Michigan. 3 for the price of none.
So Addie decided to be brave and get buried too.
Cute. But gives me the chills.
We'd been meaning to get a picture of all the kids together all week, but we finally got one the last night before they all went to bed.
A triple bunk!! They loved it!
And yes, mom, Addie was safe up there. :)
Turns out, my fears were unnecessary.
Addie read almost the entire way, and played my iPod Touch a little.
Millie read and slept and played the iPod.
Well, this is what he looked like most of the way home. Either sleeping or watching his silly sisters. There was one time when he cried for about 10 minutes max, but he just needed to eat. What an angel.
And guess how many times we stopped to let the kids out?
And that was for lunch! Can you believe it? I sure couldn't! A true miracle, folks.
And there you have it. Another successful, fun family trip to Michigan.
Can't wait for next year!