I just love summer! In Michigan, summers often mean lots of family time and taking a break from everything routine. It’s a good feeling. Summer for us also means vacation time with family! We recently got back from our youth group mission trip to Alaska, had a week to recover and then prepare for our next endeavor, Dan’s family vacation to Lake Louise near Gaylord. Family vacations always offer that quality time, rest, and refreshment!
We started off the week by doing tye-dyed pillowcases…
On Monday, we headed up to Mackinac City and Island. My favorite part about the drive up there is looking for the first glimpse of the bridge:
SO excited to ride a boat to the island! As you can see, we had the most perfect day: mid-70s, with a cool breeze off the lake.
We took one of the ferries that went under the bridge, which is something I’ve never done before!
My DREAM someday is to stay on Mackinac Island. There is something about that place that just screams Kristin! And these chairs…that is what I call “the life.”
We decided last minute to ride bikes around the island, and it was again, the perfect day for it! As you can see, Mazy was riding in style in the “Weehoo”. I would completely recommend renting one of these to go around with a 4 year old!
Mazy LOVED riding around the island and never once complained about it! And the never ending horses, sure made her day!
So much to look at:
Mazy’s first time in Lake Huron:
No posing…her just being Mazy:
Teaching Mazy how to skip rocks:
You can’t go to Mackinac without getting ice cream, right? Mazy wanted a snow cone, and I will say, this was definitely worth the $3.50 it cost to buy this gigantic thing. It was so heavy she couldn’t even hold it!
Our humble abode for the week:
We made a trip to Cops ‘n Donuts in Gaylord. I must say, one of the best donuts I’ve ever had!
When you’re cheap, you improvise! Dan thought of the genius idea to use our queen size air mattress as a “tube”, tie a rope to a canoe paddle, sit on the paddle to hold it on the raft, and use that family’s little 8 horse power boat to pull the kiddos. And it was the BEST idea ever – it provided hours and hours of entertainment!
Mazy told me she had fun looking for “flossils”.
We always love our family’s vacations! So many memories made and memories that we hope will last a lifetime. It’s at these type of vacations that you make memories that you’ll tell your grandkids someday. It’ll be a busy next few weeks, with me going to the U of M for 4 days the beginning of August to be put on a new med, another week in between, and then we will be heading out on my family’s vacation! Lots to look forward to – yes, even being put on a new med because Lord-willing, it will help me feel a lot better too.