Fourth of July weekend means that the majority of the state of Michigan pack up their belongings and head "Up North." To Michiganders, this is a normal term but I realize after living out of state that it doesn't mean a lot to anyone else.
To me, it brings me back to some of my favorite memories; parasailing and jet skiing in Lake Michigan, relaxing days on the beach, eating too much at my dad's cabin, going on long walks just because, roasting marshmallows around the camp fire on the beach, putt-putt golf competitions, fishing in the 'big lake' and fileting up our catches for dinner, or just sitting around all day long snacking and napping (it's one of the only places where I can 1)sleep in and 2)take multiple naps per day)
It's been mine and siblings favorite places for years, but these days it's difficult for all of us to be at the same place together, let alone go to one of our most treasured. Last year, we met at my in-laws cabin (also just as wonderful- something about going "up north" in general just makes me giddy), but this year we made it back to Traverse City. Although time was short, it was well worth the drive.
We all doted on Hannah the entire time (my sister taught her how to skip rocks, which included picking it up and throwing it down with pure excitement!), enjoyed some Michigan vineyards and simply got to spend time together. With all three of us and our families living in different places, these times are rare and treasured.
And the icing on the cake? On my trek 'up north,' I spent some time with the in-laws for a few days. Talk about a family fun-filled weekend! Last year I attempted to water ski, and this year we tried paddleboarding. Happy to report that paddleboarding may be my new favorite hobby (and it's much easier than getting up on those skis!!).

 Although I adore my family, Maizy and I missed Kyle and I couldn't wait to get home. Due to a crazy call schedule, I hadn't seen the hubs in a week. My weekend ended with a romantic date in the hospital cafeteria. Complete with food trays and scrubs.

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July Weekend!


  1. Ah, Lake Michigan. Next week I'm taking my solo getaway there to hang out with the family while Peter works long hours, and I can't wait for some beach, especially after seeing your fun photos!

    p.s. hang in there with year two - it is definitely crazier, but you'll make it through, and they all seem to go by pretty fast in the end...

    1. How fun that you are coming to Lake Michigan! Have you been before?
      Have an incredible time :)!

      (And thanks for the encouragement to get through 2nd year. It's definitely going to be worse, just day by day and we'll be on the other side before we know it!)

  2. Sounds like a very fun weekend! I hate when my husband is on call and can't make it places with me, especially on holidays. It's just part of this lovely medical journey I guess!


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