Michigan Prelude

AUTHOR: | POSTED: July 8, 2013 | COMMENTS: 4 Comments
CATEGORIES: Focusing on The Joy,

Carolyn Savage

We snuck away last weekend.

After the Fourth of July festivities ended–on the third…because that’s how we roll in Toledo–we packed up and headed to my parents’ home in Michigan.  Sean couldn’t go because he is currently slammed at work. (You see, MetLife sold Walnut Street Securities to Setera but Savage and Associates decided to investigate and ultimately partner with an alternative broker dealer, Royal Alliance…Um…Wait?  What?  I lost you after Walnut Street blah-blah?  You’re forgiven!  It’s taken me the last six weeks to understand that much of why my husband is currently buried in paperwork.)

Anyways…it was just the five kids and I.

We arrived at my parents home on Thursday night just in time for a July 4th dinner with all the trimmings.

My mama made these!  (Well...not the wine.  She bought that and I love her for it!)

My mama made these! (Well…not the wine. She bought that and I love her for it!)

There’s something so relaxing about going home to my parents.  It’s not that I grew up in their house.  They’ve long left my childhood streets but just because the house isn’t the same, doesn’t mean it’s not home.  For whatever reason I sleep more comfortably and am able to wind down just a little more easily when I’m in their Michigan home.  Must be the air…or the promise of the adventures that will unfold the next day.

And unfold they did…

Attempted to go blueberry picking but the u-picks weren't open yet.  We settled on  fruit stand Michigan rasberries and blueberries which eventually became a bumble berry pie!  Yum.

Attempted to go blueberry picking but the u-picks weren’t open yet. We settled on fruit stand Michigan rasberries and blueberries which eventually became a bumble berry pie! Yum.

 

Rock collecting at the beach!

Rock collecting at the beach!

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At first, the twins weren't overly impressed with the sand.

At first, the twins weren’t overly impressed with the sand.

 

May have very well been the most beautiful day I've ever spent at Weko Beach on Lake Michigan.  The water was crystal clear and flat as a pancake.  Perfect little kid play conditions!

Friday may have very well been the most beautiful day I’ve ever spent at Weko Beach on Lake Michigan. The water was crystal clear and flat as a pancake. Perfect little kid play conditions!

Drew and Ryan were in heaven.  They golfed every day and swam by the last light of the sun.  We watched a movie every night and laughed and laughed.  It’s so nice to capture our teenage sons in moments when I don’t have to share them with their abundant social lives…and social media.  They’ve grown up coming to my parents’ Michigan home and I think they find their time there nostalgic.    It’s a gift to watch them watch their little sisters experience their childhood.  I can tell they want the girls to have what they did all those summers ago.

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Ice cream on the beach at sunset.

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Yup…she’s in her jammies.

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Of course, we missed Sean.  Coming home is always good.

We are back to the rough grind that is July in our Ohio home.  We have parks to visit, pools to swim in and summer bucket lists to check off and two weeks to complete it all because come July 20th we are back to Michigan again–this time for an entire week.  That makes this past weekend a taste of the fun that’s to come.

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I can’t wait!

4 Comments on “ Michigan Prelude ”

  • Melanie | July 8th, 2013 12:59 pm

    Welcome to Michigan! I live in St. Joseph. Did you make it up this way to the carousel and kids museum? I bet your girls would love the fountain.

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  • Carolyn Savage | July 8th, 2013 3:18 pm

    Melanie…We were there Sunday morning. I had no idea there was a splash fountain until I saw it by the carousel. We weren’t dressed for it at the time. I can’t wait to take them back and to Silver Beach as well! I’ll keep you posted. Perhaps you could meet us there!

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  • Melanie | July 11th, 2013 11:56 am

    We would love to meet up with you somewhere. Let me know.

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  • Teri | July 9th, 2013 10:53 am

    My favorite wine!! Looks like a beautiful getaway! Glad you’re enjoying your summer. :)

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