I know I am a little behind, but here are a few tidbits of our family vacation on Stony Lake!
Dan and I always look forward to family vacations. To dream about spending a whole WEEK together as a family, is such a gift and blessing, as we know that the feasibility of doing family vacations is not always easy; therefore, we treasure each and every one. We made the 13 hour drive (that was fairly uneventful) to New Era, MI. We left at 4:00am, in the dark, as the electric company shut off all power to the town for maintenance. Thankfully I am married to an outdoorsy man, so we had lanterns and headlamps all set up.
Stony Lake is one of our most favorite places on earth – the beauty, the quiet, the birds (we saw a bald eagle soaring hours after we arrived), and the calmness of God’s creation, is what draws us back to this area every year. And of course, our family time. Even though families are changing, our love for one another only grows!
Tubing with our nieces is something that never gets old. The water was a tad cold, but Dan had all the right gear to make the experience that much more enjoyable. Of course our nieces didn’t care what temperature it was!
Fishing is always high on the list of things to do! Nice size crappie that I pulled out of the water one morning
My sister Katie painting toenails
Oh how I love living in a swimsuit for a week!
Our annual golf outing to Benona Shores – if you are ever up for a good laugh, go golfing with us. Never a dull moment as we take down leaves, search for our balls, hit trees and still end up on the fairway, swing and miss all too often, and golf SO WELL that we get par for a round of 18 (even though we play 9). It’s a blast and always look forward to it!
Fishing off the dock
Everyone’s faces tell the story!
While on this vacation, we celebrated my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary! I am humbled to call them my parents and am continually encouraged by the example they have set in marriage. We did a family photo shoot since we were all together in such a beautiful place. Love them so much!
Dan has some pretty good skills in skiing (me…not so much)
It was fun to cook/bake with the girls. Making monkey bread is definitely a job that any kid can help with!
Love this girl 🙂
Kari and Emma tubing
Just had to post this picture – once a Tiger’s fan, always a Tiger’s fan – even eating my Tiger Trax! Gotta love good ole Hudsonville ice cream! I miss it!
Dan and I decided to go snorkeling in the lake – it was a tad cloudy, but I almost caught a large perch with my bare hands!
Another annual event is tubing down the creek – basically we are all a huge blob, trying to get down the creek in one piece. We always end up in foliage, but it’s part of the experience!
What a fun week it was! Of course we had a really heavy storm (which happens every year) where it rained SO much! We also played a LOT of Ticket To Ride (US and European edition). It is just what we do :). We are so thankful for the opportunity to spend time with family – especially living further away from them.
We have had a lot going on, so I will try and update here more frequently! We also have a family vacation with Dan’s family coming up, and we also enjoyed an amazing time with Dan’s brother and sister in law, who came to visit us last week! This is why we LOVE summer. So blessed!