Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mackinaw Island

On Memorial Weekend we took the kids and loaded up the RV to head North...Way North...As far North as our kids have ever been.

Mackinaw Island

What a lovely spot awaited us in Michigan.

This was one of my highlights....Tulips and Lilacs were in full bloom!

And any time we camp one of the first and most important things to do is hang the lights.

With a close second being....starting the fire. Our boys love this part of camping. That also means getting up early in the morning to help get the fire started. Jalen loves to do this!

Taking turns lighting the match. It's a group effort apparently.

And as soon as that was done we ventured out to explore our campsite. It sat on the opposite side of the island so we could skip rocks right toward the island. What a BEAUTIFUL campsite!

Malaina taking in the view.

Jason teaching Micah how to skip a rock.

And the kids with Mackinaw bridge in the background.
The next morning we boarded the ferry that goes across to the island.
It was a pretty cold ride. We were glad not to be on the top.

We took our bikes on the ferry so we could ride them all over the island. Here was one of the first things that greeted us as we began our adventure.
Garbage pickup....
We had NO idea what kind of hills awaited us. There were very steep hills all over the island.

But one little munchkin didn't care at all how steep those hills got...She started snoring several hours into it.

IT was time to stop and nourish these worn out bikers so we got some burgers and chili dogs at a little diner on Main Street.
A little sweetness from Sophie.
And a little squeeze from Malaina.

I know he felt the love:)!
What a fun time we had together. It felt so good to be away and the kids kept saying this is so cool! And....Thanks so much! That is what makes the effort worth it!
We knew this was one of those memory makers that they will cherish forever.
Yay for vacations!
Yay for a husband who wants to!
Yay for kids who appreciated it!
Yay for perfect weather!
What a life...
Makes me feel LUCKY TO BE ME!


  1. Sorry it has been awhile since I have visited! Your vacation looks amazing! We are headed to Mackinaw Island this summer!! Yay!!! I can't wait. I've never actually been on the island before; just across the bridge. Was it easy to bring your bikes on the Ferry?

    Blessings to you & your beautiful family!

  2. Wow! Great camping trip!!!I love the pic of Dad and your oldest Daughter, awesome! (We used Silver Scent on Annie to remove the scunk smell. It is what Hubs uses to de-scent himself when hunting. We have used tomato juice, that does work too! Annie has gotten sprayed 3 times now, gggrrrr;)

  3. Wow...what amazing pictures of just at the camp site!!! SO VERY VERY good at capturing the moment you are my friend. I can't wait till we go as a small group...this summer. You are planning that trip right?

  4. I loved reading your post because we have thought about taking the kiddies to Mackinaw! It looks like you all had a wonderful time! I know I say this a lot, but I can't believe what a beautiful young woman "little" Malaina is turning into!!



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