Three Kids and a Dog

Monday, September 06, 2010

Pure Michigan

Michigan probably has one of the best ad campaigns around to entice visitors to explore the shores of Lake Michigan. I hear these commercials daily when I am at work with the radio on and instantly I'm transported to the fun times and memories I've made there with friends and family.

Well, we just got back from one of those times and made many new memories to add to our old ones. We rented a new house this year since it was basically just the four of us (aside from some brief visits from Papa and Grandma Szurgot) and we didn't want to listen to Austen whining to go in the pool each day. The house we rented actually had a clubhouse pool anyway so Austen still got the benefit of swimming in the pool when we wanted a break from the lake without having it be a tease right outside our doors. We had some great days at the beach. The water was clear. There was a great sand bar and there were even waves. You would think you were on the east coast if you didn't know better - one of the many reasons I am fond of this part of Michigan.

Peyton enjoyed playing in the sand and didn't eat too much of it. She floated in the lake and the pool with her floating exersaucer and practiced her crawl (she actually crawled forward today!).

Austen enjoyed playing ball at the beach, building huge sandcastles with his daddy and swimming by himself with his noodle and life jacket in the pool. He ate ice cream almost every day and took long naps in the afternoon because he was so tired from the morning's activities.

Adler enjoyed running on the beach, rolling in the sand and sitting on the front porch listening to the crickets. She went kind of nuts later in the week from all the bugs and Tom and I thought we were going to have to check her into the nutty farm because she was so disturbed by them that she hid in the bathroom and lay wide awake panting all day/night. After a good 48 hours she snapped out of it and was back to normal. Something spooked her. Maybe it was the black squirrel outside our house.

It was a good vacation but like all vacations, we were sad to see it end. Hopefully someday soon, these jaunts up to Michigan will become every weekend or so occurrences when we have our own beach house. Our land is waiting.


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