Beach and family
The trip started out a little rocky. Briggs did not appreciate the 5 hours of driving up to Michigan. He napped a grand total of about 40 minutes. He screamed a grand total of about 2 hours. At one point when Briggs was screaming and Adelie kept yelling, "Mommy! Mommy! Briggs is crying!" and Staley kept asking for the movie to be turned up so she could hear it over the screaming and the yelling, I almost wasn't sure it was worth it. But it was. (And thankfully, Briggs did AWESOME on the way home.)
Way better than screaming
Most years we stay in a house with my brothers and their families. However, since we have a light sleeper (Staley) and a multiple-times-per-night waker (Briggs), we decided having our own cabin with 2 bedrooms would work better than all of us sleeping in one room for this year. As Staley noted, "A cabin is like a house for vacation." The cabin wasn't perfect, but the location couldn't have been better.
The Lake Michigan sunset from our back deck
Staying in our own cabin didn't stop us from enjoying time with the whole family. We spent part of each day on the beach with everyone (because the weather this year was B-E-A-utiful), shared our meals every night with my family (which worked out well since the oven in our cabin was a little sketchy), walked into town together for ice cream, and enjoyed extended family traditions of spaghetti night and s'more's night.
ALL the kids (my kids, their cousins, and my cousins' kids)
All my kids loved the beach. Staley and Adelie loved the water.
Mermaids + water = so much fun!
Floating with Elliott
They loved the sand.
Adelie spent lots of time digging holes in the sand, carrying buckets of water to fill holes that she dug in the sand, and mooching snacks off anyone who was eating.
Staley spent lots of time making sand pizzas and pies, building villages for mice, chasing seagulls, and playing mermaids. One afternoon she spent about 20 minutes playing at the edge of Lake Michigan, running back and forth while making lots of hand gestures and singing. When I asked what she was doing, she said, "Controlling the waves."
And they had so much fun with all the aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, and "beach cousins" (my cousin's kids) that they had to play with.
Adelie spent a LONG time on several days digging big holes in the sand with Gabby (one of my cousin's kids).
Staley and Liam looking for shells
Briggs was his usual happy, easy self. He hung out on the beach, enjoyed the company of all the people that wanted to hold him, and napped every morning in his cabana.
Looking cute in his beach gear.
Pentwater never changes. The town is the same. The beach is the same. The traditions are the same. And I love it just the same as I did when I was a kid. I'm so glad my little family does too.