We just got back from a week away in Grand Haven, MI! We LOVE LOVE LOVE summers in Michigan! It seriously is WAY better to me than Florida! Why you may ask ...
- Only 4 1/2 hours away
- Super soft, sandy beach with NO SHELLS
- Clean water
- No jelly fish
- No sharks
- Awesome weather that isn't scorching hot
- Very economical (grocery stores close, minimal gas, great housing prices)
My parents and Nate, Sophia, Jackson, and I headed up last Saturday morning! We arrived at our beautiful rental house!
|Sunset on Second|
It was 3 story's ... 4 bedroom, 4 bath .. tons of space!! We settled in, unpacked, and then went for a really long walk along the boardwalk, finished up with some yummy supper at home!
|Living room! Already settled in|
|Microbrewery 2 blocks from our house!|
|Jax on the WOW towel!|
|First beach day!!|
|Dad and I|
|Mom and I|
|Brad buried Sophia and Matthew in the sand!|
|Daddy's little helper flying a kite!|
|I can do it all by myself!|
|Mama and her two kiddos!|
|Fun in the sun!|
|Imagination Station playground in Grand Haven!|
|Music in the Park|
|All smiles .. check out my top two new teeth|
|Super super windy!!|
Sunday evenings in Grand Haven they have WOW (Worship on the Waterfront). Each Sunday a different person/band leads worship. It was AMAZING to have church out on the waterfront. Rick Hopkins played and he was AMAZING! We totally rocked out and praised God!!
|Rick Hopkins and Band|
|Abby, Anna, Jax, and I ... our babies are 6 weeks apart!|
Wednesday evening, Nate's sister Naomi and her family arrived and we had a WONDERFUL taco dinner together! Tons of laughs and great food! We finished the night with a boardwalk and sunset walk to the pier/lighthouse! It was BEAUTIFUL!!
Thursday morning we said goodbye to my parents, and we awaited the arrival of Nate's parents as well as his other sister Rhoda. We packed our beach bags and headed to the beach for 3-4 hours! It was so much fun! Friday we spend the full morning at the beach, followed by another yummy home-cooked dinner, and a sunset beach walk!
|Tyler could ALWAYS make Jax smile!!|
|Sophia was always right next to Tyler ... his little shadow|
|Aunt Naomi and Jax!|
|Family picture minus Nate|
|Papi and Mimi and their babies!!|
|Playing football with Lexi|
|Love her cousin Tyler|
|Whitney (sun-kissed) and Delores at Sunset on the pier|
|Grandma and Sophia building a castle|
|Brother and sister!|
|Two peas in a pod! I can only pray Jax grows up to be young man like Tyler!|
|We buried Tyler in the sand! Sophia's idea!|
|Rhoda swimming with Sophia! I promise the water wasn't really this green!!|
|Happy 71st Birthday Whitney!|
|The FAB 5!|
We said goodbye and headed home on Saturday! We stopped at DUTCH Farm Market on the way home as it is our annual tradition to buy a 10lb box of Michigan blueberries to last us for a few months! :) Time to make my famous blueberry buckle recipe (from Abby!)!! My mouth is drooling just thinking about it!
We only ate out 1 time and that was for lunch on the way up to MI. The rest of the time we cooked all our meals at home! I always feel terrible eating out all the time on vacation and my stomach is always hurting. It felt good to share healthy, nutritious meals together at home! Plus, that gave us the freedom to enjoy some ICE CREAM at the local Dairy Treat!! We also found a health food store and were able to stock up on some of our favorite healthy treats ... kombucha anyone?? This stuff is amazing!!! Plus some fresh dates and apricots!
|Our favorite ice cream stop!|
Do you have a favorite summer vacation spot? What do you like to do on the beach? We played in the sand, water, flew some kites, and enjoyed many long beach walks! Jackson LOVED walking on the beach!