Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Yay Beach! Boo Goodbyes :(

Our last full day--sad!  We spent the morning at the beach!  
Josh organized this awesome castle with some "helpers!"  ;)

After naps and quiet time, we headed back to the cool playground and sculpture area.  
After playing at the playground, we walked over to dinner and then took some silly pictures after!

Our last night of relaxing by the fire...
HA!  The rest of these pictures were taken by the kids as the adults ran around trying to pack up all of our things!

Penny champions again as all of this fit inside of her to head back to Evanston!

This house was incredible and so perfect for what we needed!  We would love to plan another trip back!  And, the time we got to focus on these special friends was priceless :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Michigan Photo Shoot

 We opted to NOT feature Molly in this picture...that seemed a bit risky...

 This was Jackson's choice of how to line up everyone!
 Once we parked in Ludington, we headed for the Waterfront Sculpture Park!  I think this was a great spot (and I *think* Brandi agrees?) because there were lots of cool statues--the kids just went from statue to statue and lined right up.  They've been doing this so long they mostly arranged themselves!  As you will see, we also didn't really force anyone to be in a picture they didn't want...  No need to cry during a fun day!

 Watching the kids figure out how to recreate these statues was hilarious!

Around Ludington...

Scott and Josh took the kiddos outside in the morning, and Brandi and I relaxed on the upstairs porch with our coffee--BFF Bliss :)  Scott headed back to IL in the early afternoon, Brandi did a grocery run, and these three made some friendship bracelets while the littles napped.  They were working on their quiet behavior to earn Movie Night later... ;)
 Our Parent Plan was simple: early dinner, movie night, bedtime!  LOL  We succeeded and the kids had a lot of fun :)
 Grown-up down time :)
 Sunday morning: My boys got in as many turns holding Molly as they could!
 They are quite the baby hogs!
 It was gray, drizzly weather, but Brandi and I loaded up her van anyways and headed into Ludington to explore and conduct our planned photo shoot!  Josh had gotten up obscenely early for some geocaching adventures!
 Jackson and Grahammers in Ludington
 Reward of playground time after pictures!
 The real reward: a treat from Kilwin's for being cooperative subjects!  I think they all picked chocolate covered rice krispie treats and Liam had jelly beans!  Graham did not want to participate in the photo...
 Josh beat us back to the house and got lunch started.  Our plan today was a big lunch, naps, and then packing snacky food and fruit to take to the beach!  Josh grilled us a delicious lunch of burgers and potatoes--it was so good!
 LOL  We got a lot of new beach toys at Dollar Tree this year, and this was the pattern one of our cool rolling tools made in the sand!
 Vacation Us :)
 Smiley Molly!
 The kids had SUCH a good time playing on the beach!

 A Wahoo-sighting on the beach!

 After our dinner picnic and changing the kiddos, we headed to the lighthouse!
 It was a bit windy walking along the walkway, but we made it in one piece!

 Heading back to the cars.  Needless to say the kiddos were pretty tired after our epic Dune day and then lots of playtime on the water today!
 Leftover pizza and wine by the fire--so fancy!