Every year for the 4th of July we head up to Tracy's family cottage in Glen Arbor Michigan. They have been going up there for their summer vacation since she was two with her aunts family and all the cousins. Its heaven on earth and Tracy's favorite place on earth (seriously!).
We even stay in the same cottage they used to rent and we are fairly sure that NOTHING has changed in 50 years (which is not a good thing). This year there was black mold in the bathroom and the water heater kept leaking ... but... its a cottage and we really dont spend much time IN it. The whole point is to be outside, with family - mission accomplished.
This year, Tammy (Tracys sister) offered to take the kids for a few days and bring them up when they came up on Wednesday. At 1st we thought "no, thats too much trouble". But then...the thought of 3 whole days without the kids, on vacation, doing stuff WE love was much too tempting. So... we drove the 12 hours through Chicago and dropped the kids on Tammy's doorstep. Slowed slightly, kicked them out of the car and kept heading north.
It was heaven. We hiked, kayaked, biked to a brewery, had a Chubby Mary, walked around Leeland, cooked fabulous dinners, ate Bunny's yummy cabbage rolls (Tracy's request) and basically got a kid free start to our vacation. We are ETERNALLY grateful as I am sure the kids are too because...
They got to hang out, swim, play basketball, go to Joey's baseball game and basically get some pretty serious junk food and cousin time. Win. Win.
Then, on Wednesday, all chaos defended and Tammy (and all the kids) and Jami (with her family) pulled in for the long 4th of July weekend.
What can we say that hasn't already been said in past year blogs? Its basically a cut/paste of last year and we wouldn't have it any other way. Tons of competitions (home run derby, thunder, nucom, spike ball, tubing, cards) as well as conversation (sports seasons, college thoughts, driving lessons, school, friends, crushes..) all the stuff teenagers talk about. The kids all get along brilliantly, we all share food/dinner duty and its SO much fun.
Here is our week in photos. Honestly, its etched in our hearts.