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A first for me on this Michigan trip was kayaking!  I've never been kayaking before but my In-Laws treated us all to a wonderful kayak trip.  I was kind of nervous at the thought of it, especially since they only have two-people kayaks.  So we all had to split up.  So I made sure the experienced kayakers were paired up with a child, which then left myself with my MIL.  She did a lot of kayaking when she spent her summers there as a child.  So I felt comfortable as her kayak-mate.  Turns out that the river was so shallow and calm that there was nothing to worry about!  It was literally impossible for the kayak to tip over!  At times, the kayaks were touching the bottom of the river.  We all had fun.  My MIL and I chose not to "shoot the tube" but everyone else did.  Even Ahgoo, who rode with Grandpa, enjoyed the ride throught the tube.  The kids of course had to stop to play in the river.  Overall, it was a fun day!    








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Posted August 25, 2016

During our week-long trip to Glen Lake Michigan, we decided to take a day trip to visit Mackinac Island.  I've never been and it was completely worth taking one whole day off from swiming to do.  Cars are not allowed on the island so we had to take a ferry boat ride to get to the island.  The only modes of transportation on the island are horse carriages, cycling, or walking.  The island maintains a charming feel that I just love.  The entire island is only about eight miles acorss.  So walking and cycling are completely doable, even for Ahgoo.  It's been life changing now that we can go stroller-free for most of our trips.  

One of the highlights of our visit to Mackinac Island is the gorgeous Grand Hotel.  Though we didn't pay the fees to go into the hotel, we roamed the grounds and it was absolutely stunning.  The spring flowers were vibrant and the horse carriages just made everything felt like we were back in the 20's.  We all got ice cream at an old time parlor.  The other highlight for me was that I cycled the entire island.  Grandma stayed with Ahgoo while the rest of us rented bicycles, Mr. BAW towed the two younger boys (Buzz and his cousin) in a hitch to his bike.  I was pretty proud of myself at the end of the ride for not having any mishaps (though commically I narrowly avoided running into my BIL while he was taking a picture).  I was not even as sore as I thought I'd be the next day.  

As you can see from the pictures below that we were blessed with perfect weather that day!   I also got to enjoy my first Starbucks since getting to Michigan on the island, though my drink was $1 more than normal.  I also got to try the famous Mackinac fudge.  It's rich and yummy and we brought some home with us.  Enjoy the pictures, the island oozes with charm.




















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Posted August 15, 2016


Last week we took an extremely needed vacation to visit a part of the country that has tremendous meaning to us.  We spent a glorious week in Northern Michigan where my MIL grew up.  We saw the farm where she spent many childhood summers and where her grandmother (my kids' great, great grandmother) lived and raised nine children.  We decided to celebrate my MIL's belated 70th birthday there with her and all of her grand children.  As usual, the cousins all had a wonderful time and so did all the adults!  We were blessed with amazing weather, avoiding all thunderstorms the entire trip.  We traced back to my MIL's roots and saw pictures of generations ago.  I was in awe that the people in these black and white photos from over a hundred years ago are actual blood relatives of my children!  Without them, my kids wouldn't exist.  It was also nice to get a first hand tour from my MIL of all the beautiful places she grew up in and how much or little they've changed.

In addition to the family history, Northern Michigan is just a beautiful place to visit in the summer.  Endless clear water lakes and green, green fields mark the landscape.  We stayed right next to Lake Michigan and swam in the cystal clear waters everyday.  Being used to oceans and beaches, I was surprised by three things at a lake.  The lake is completely shallow (3 feet deep) for about a mile out, even Ahgoo was comfortable venturing away from shore.  The second thing that struck me was how rocky and pebbly the beaches are.  Luckily for us, the rocks were pretty small by our beach and it was confined to a narrow region by the shore.  But at a different part of the lake, you literally have to wear shoes to walk into the lake to prevent the pebbles from cutting up your feet.  Lastly, though the water was cool, it was still a lot warmer than the ocean water in LA.

For now, I'll just leave you with a few pictures from our hotel.  Once you cross a cute little bridge, you get right down to the lake.  This is where we spent a good bulk of our trip.  I'll slowly share the rest of our trip with you.  




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