We've been on vacation in northern Michigan and it was beautiful! The lake breeze is always good for the soul and always reminds me how much I LOVE living in this gorgeous state. There were 28 of us, all members of my dad's side of the family- grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, etc... My grandma rented a big house with 2 little cabins for everyone for the week. I can't imagine a better vacation! I really love my extended family. We're a mish-mash of people who are related by blood, marriage, divorce, friendship, etc. It's pretty awesome! We're kind of like a gang, once you're in you're kind of stuck for life.
While we were up north (for those of you in other parts of the country, Michiganders call anything more than an hour west or north "up north", haha) Lauren did something amazing! She really and truly communicated something she wanted!
She said "out", signed dog and then pointed outside. I said, "baby girl, there isn't a dog outside!" Well, yes there was! She had seen it earlier and wanted to go see it again. WHAT?! I was SO proud! I feel like this is such a huge deal!
Ryan was like a totally different kid up there. He is usually pretty timid with new people and new things. He was a chatterbox all week and even went SWIMMING in water up to his chest! And the adults with him were my aunt and my cousin. I don't think anything else could've shocked me more. And he played nonstop with seven of his cousins (some are my second cousins) who are between the ages of 2 and 14. Actually played with them, not just alongside them. He touched a fish (that I caught!!), he held a worm (he thought it was a baby snake), he got dirty. I still can't believe it! He never whined, he never disobeyed, he just had fun and was in a great mood all week! It was almost like a break from parenting, lol. We had such a great time!
And to top it off, my dad shot a fox that was having seizures on the grass in back of the house. Weird, huh? Luckily, as a retired cop, he always packs heat. I'm not sure what else they would've done! It was right in the yard where the kids were playing!
I did actually touch a worm! I caught 4 fish, but never touched any of them, haha!
The hammock :)
Me and my beautiful cousin Maddy
Me and my amazing twin sister!
Vacation is hard work!
As you can tell, we had a great time!! Sorry, I have like zero pictures of Lauren, we weren't really there at the same time. I left with Ryan on Monday morning, Greg got up there with Lauren Tuesday night and then I left Thursday morning for work. But she seemed to have a good time!