Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Sunday, June 26, 2016


We just returned from another fabulous week in Pentwater.  Just like every year since I was a child, we enjoyed a relaxing week of hanging out on the beach, enjoying the company of family, and keeping up the yearly traditions like spaghetti night, s'mores night, breakfast at the Old Hamlin, and walking into town for ice cream.  This year, we had beautiful weather and many perfect beach days.  We took advantage of our one rainy morning to take the kids to see "Finding Dory" at the movie theater, but otherwise spent most of our days just relaxing and playing on the beach.

We're now 3 for 3.  All three of our kids love the beach.  Briggs enjoyed playing in the sand, letting the waves wash over his feet, and eating snacks every chance he got.

Our little mermaid, Adelie, was our biggest beach kid of all.  She never wanted to leave the beach.  She enjoyed getting buried in the sand, especially when we turned her legs into a mermaid tail of sand, but spent most of her time in the water.

Staley split her time between practicing her underwater swimming and playing with her beach cousins and Grammie.  She loved playing restaurant, hotel, and going on dune adventures.

One of the highlights of Pentwater is spending time with extended family, with my aunts and uncles and cousins and cousins' kids all providing plenty of people to play with.  The kids had a great time getting buried and then singing the original song "We are Talking Heads" over and over at the top of their lungs.

Adelie became very attached to my mom's sister, Aunt Maggie, and spent lots of time as her little shadow on the beach.

My cousin's daughter, Gabby, loved Briggs.  And I loved that she would spend long periods of time entertaining him on the beach each day.

The kids weren't the only ones having fun on the beach.  Carrie and I made a pretty great sand creation that provided hours of fun for Briggs.  He loved playing in the hole!!

And, of course, staying in the same house as all my brothers and their families means that there is always someone to play with.

The cousins had a great time reading, coloring, playing games, running around outside, going to the park, and having dance parties.  And the grown-ups had a great time reading, visiting, and playing games after the kids went to bed.

Leaving Pentwater is always a little bittersweet for me.  It's always nice to come home after a vacation, but there is something about Pentwater that also feels like home.  Luckily, I know that I'm not saying good-bye to Pentwater.  I'm just saying...

...see you next year!

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