Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Vacation

There are moments, like when my over-tired/over-stimulated daughter throws a 30 minute fit about taking a bath or when I discover that my 15 month old has an in-the-car napping threshold of 30 minutes or when I check the forecast to see that we are going to have yet another cold, foggy, misty day on the beach that I wonder if it's worth it.  But then the tears subside, the clouds lift, and you remember why you pack up half the house, drive for 6 hours, and temporarily set up residence in a house that will become your home for one week out of the year.  Because, no matter the circumstances, Pentwater makes me happy.

There may have been limited napping in the car, but there was no shortage of coloring, reading books, playing with figurines, listening to music, and watching movies.

Both Staley and Adelie LOVED coloring with the magic ink pens.
And I loved that they only mark on the paper and are non-toxic if someone decides they want a taste.

Both Staley and Adelie spent long periods of time playing with figurines.
It was the first time I'd seen/heard Adelie actually pretending with the little people.  She always wants to be just like her big sister.

One of the greatest parts of Pentwater is that there is no shortage of family.  We stay in a house with my brothers and their families.  We spend time each day (and some evenings) with my extended family.  And Grammie and Grandpa are always around.  There is ALWAYS someone to play with.

Cousin Elliott reading to Staley (and her Barbie mermaid)

Bedtime stories with Grandpa

Beach fun with Grammie

Uncle Ethan is GREAT at playing princess figurines.

Of course spending our days at the beach is what Pentwater tradition is all about.  And the cold weather and occasional rain couldn't keep us away.  It just meant that we had the beach all to ourselves for several days.  (Luckily, it did warm up for a sunny, blue-skied, ideal beach day on Friday.)

As this was Adelie's first true beach experience, we wondered how she would like it.  She LOVED it!!  Her first moment on the beach, she headed straight into frigid Lake Michigan, then got covered in sand, and didn't bat an eye.  And, in true Adelie form, she loved climbing on and off everyone's beach chairs, was always covered head to toe in sand, and had to reminded a few times every day not to eat the sand.

There were days when our beach wear was more sweatshirt and towel, less bathing suit.  You know it's bad when I didn't even put sunscreen on the girls one of our days at the beach.

One of Adelie's favorite beach games was destroying sand castles.  The look of pure joy on her face says it all!!

Apart from beach days, there are other Pentwater traditions.  Spaghetti night, walking into town for ice cream, playing games after the kids have gone to bed, plenty of reading, s'mores night, breakfast at the Old Hamlin.  We also checked out a local Children's Museum on one rainy morning.

Yard games are always fun.  And Adelie is surprisingly good.  :)

Adelie checking out some of the books I brought to read.

A little cooking with Daddy

Pentwater never changes.  But the memories are new and fresh and fill me with happiness.

Good-bye Pentwater.  Until next year.








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