Wednesday, September 3, 2014

One Last Summer Fling

Before school started, my little family took a road trip slash vacation to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for some much needed R&R.
 
 
We spent a day at Mackinac Island, rented bicycles and explored the island, hiked to Arch Rock and other super cool landmarks. We ate mackinaw island fudge ice cream and bought sea salt caramel fudge & salt water taffy to take home.   




 
We took a ship ride to explore the breathtaking Pictured Rocks.
 



 
We took a glass bottom boat ride to see some famous Lake Superior ship wrecks, which Clay and I completely geeked out over. The captains were awesome and knowledgeable and entertaining and answered our children's many questions. 
 




an anchor!!!
 
We climbed down a 500-foot sand dune to find a Lake Superior beach that we had entirely to ourselves.  We hunted rocks, and skipped stones, and left our footprints in the sand.  We spent an hour climbing back up the dune, with the kids pretending to be bear cubs, and felt exhilarated when we finished.
 









 
We hiked through a forest to find a waterfall that we dipped our feet into.
 





 
We walked through quaint small towns. We found a winery and had a wine tasting where we picked up three bottles of wine- blackberry, raspberry, and honey peach. We went antiquing. We found this book store/ice cream shoppe/cafe, which we spent a lot of time in- playing chess, perusing books (I found 20 mint-condition Sweet Valley High books for only a dollar each that I'm still losing my mind over) and drinking double shot mochas. Well Clay and I did, the kids got double scoop ice creams.
 
We stayed in hotel with a water slide, swimming and sliding way past the kids' bedtimes then going to our room for a night of pizza, spotify playlists, and Old Maid. Another night we stayed in a hotel that was as close to a roughin'-it-cabin as one could get without actually staying in a roughin'-it-cabin.  
 
We had blueberry pancakes for breakfast, fresh Lake Superior perch and homemade pasties for lunch, and ice cream for dinner. Clay and I found a brewery with this incredible blueberry beer and a diner with "world famous" blueberry muffins.
 
We took our time driving home, visited a bear park where we got to feed & pet a cub, stopped at a Mystery Spot (Gravity Falls, anyone?), played some putt putt, sang songs and had car dance parties.
 
We came home happy.
♥ ♥ ♥

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day of School!

Don't mind me; I'm just over here trying to stop time.

 
 
 
 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer Time Fine

Labor day is just a few days away. And even though the official first day of fall is still weeks away, I'm pretty sure everyone considers this the unofficial end of summer. We have a family vacation that we're leaving for tomorrow morning and that will be our last hurrah. Overall, we've had a great summer. It's been quiet, but good.
 
We've kept busy with picnics in the park,
 

and random events throughout town like pottery painting and chemistry experiments and 
kiddo comedy & magic shows.

 
The kids did two weeks at Camp Copenconic,




 
and Narls took some science classes at the Planetarium.

 
We had a a week-long soccer clinic for Narls and a two-day poms clinic for Em.


 
And lots & lots of fun days with friends.


♥ ♥ ♥

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Month of School Lunches

A week until school starts!
 
 
I was reminded because I just got Emerson's lunch box in the mail.
 
 
And some refill containers because I'll have TWO lunches to pack each morning. Two! (How is that possible???)
 
Even just thinking about all those dishes every night gives me anxiety. One thing I'm not stressing about at alllll though is what to pack for lunch. Already worked out that kinks with that last year.  Complete with recipe cards that are printed and filed, which detail exactly what I need (makes grocery shopping so much easier) and prep/cook time. A godsend for busy mornings.
 
Click on the links below to find the lunches and the recipe cards. :)
 
week one here.
 
week two here.
 
week three here.
 
week four here.
 
Just a note, I bought the bags, boxes, containers, everything from laptop lunches. (It's a question I get nearly everyday.) I recommend them 100%. Narls has had his boxes since kindergarten, so for two years now, and they are still in excellent condition. We've never had a leak or a spill. I just cannot say enough good things about these products.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Eminem & Rihanna : Monster Tour

One of my most favorite concerts yet.
 

 
Em is truly a rap god, a legend. And seeing him perform live is such an amazing thing.

 
The vibe in Detroit was incredible. The night was gorgeous.

 
 
I was with the love of my life.

2010: Us, seeing Em (with Jay Z) in Detroit
 
Love, love, love.
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