Friday, June 24, 2016

Off to Pure Michigan!

Our big summer trip this year was to Ludington, MI with the Buerstattes!!!  We were all REALLY excited to get away to a beachy place and soak up time with some of our best friends!  We also tried out Airbnb for the first time--eek!  The house looked too good to be true online, and it was EVEN BETTER in person!  #winning  We set out from Evanston in the morning and headed for Pure Michigan...with a few geocaching stops along the way ;)
 When we stopped at Big Red in Holland, MI for a geocache, I felt like vacation had truly started!  The view of the lake was beautiful, and we were all excited!  
 A gorgeous traveling day!
 Wearing their t-shirts from our Maine vacation last summer to kick off this summer!

We found the house in Ludington with no problem and the owners met us to give a little overview of the property and area.  We could not believe how perfect the house was as we walked around!
 This is the front entry (I'm standing in the kitchen taking the picture, but the front door is just to the left) which is a mud-room area and the laundry room.
 To the right of the front entry is the wide-open kitchen!  The kitchen was fully-stocked to even include kid-friendly dish sets and awesome insulated cups with lids that we took everywhere with us for our drinks!
 We were able to do a fair amount of cooking in this great sized kitchen!
 Main floor bathroom--it felt like a hotel!
 Beautiful walk-in shower
 One of three bedrooms upstairs--this one had a king-sized bed, big dresser and a closet with a cool sliding barn door.  Brandi, Scott and Molly slept in this room.
 At the opposite end of the hall, there was this second bedroom.  It had a full-sized bed...
 ...and a set of bunk beds!  Ellie mostly was the one to sleep in here!  But, we also knew we had it in reserve if some of the bigger kids had to be separated... ;)
 This was Josh's and my room--it had a full-sized bed and not much else, but we didn't need anything else!
 View out the upstairs windows--there was so much sunshine coming in!  
 View of the firepit area complete with comfy Adirondack chairs and a well-stocked wood pile
 View from the upstairs living room into the dining room and kitchen
 Upstairs living room with a piano and TV
 Pretty comfy!
 Brandi and I just loved this little table!  It was so pretty with the lights hanging above it, and it was the light we left on during the night in case anyone needed anything.  
 Heading downstairs, there is an exit to the yard.  If you U-turn from the stairs, there is a big under-the-stairs storage area full of outdoor toys and beach toys to use!
 The big kids bedroom is to the right and the downstairs rec room is straight ahead.  There is also a full bathroom off of the rec room.
 THE perfect room for our four big kids!  A full-sized bed, floor space for sleeping bags and a set of bunk beds WITH a trundle bed to pull out!!!  The kids did a pretty good job of playing musical beds so everyone got a turn on the top bunk ;)
 Downstairs bathroom
Not only was there a rec room downstairs to send the kids to, but it was well-stocked with movies, books, games, leather recliners AND a popcorn machine!  SO fun!  The hosts seriously thought of everything--this house was just perfect for our two families!  

We unloaded the car before I left for a grocery store run (Meijer was just 10 minutes down the road) and Josh and the boys explored the property.  We had pizza ordered for delivery when the Buerstattes arrived at dinnertime and we all got settled :)

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