I have alot of pictures from my recent trip to Michigan to see my family. It's hard to narrow it down to a reasonable number for blogging purposes. I'm also surprised at the pictures I DIDN'T GET. (See List Below). But I hope you enjoy them. (I'll probably post the rest of them to Facebook eventually).
The first "fun" we had was in Flint- we took the kids to Byram Lake to swim. The pictures of that were taken on my mom's camera, so I don't have them, yet.
Then we went to Lansing for a few days.
Jacob and my niece Kelli playing the Wii. Since we don't have one, this is always a must-do when we visit Aunt Melissa.
Then we took the kids to Michigan's Adventure amusement park. I was about to say that Jacob has a hard time making a normal face for pictures, but with Jacob, this is fairly normal. He seemd completely content being the only boy in the group and keeping us all entertained.
This is the hotel that we stayed in at least a couple times as kids when our parents would take us up to Mackinac on vacation. It looked exactly the same.
In St. Ignace (across the bridge), we got pizza and ate it outside (despite the sprinkling rain) and you can't see it in this picture, but we were on a deck overlooking the water. The pizza was delicious (and cheap- $18 for all of us including drinks!). We got fudge in one of the stores you can see in the background.
Then we went to find Castle Rock. We drove about 20 miles out of our way because I thought I remembered where it was.... then we called OnStar. (It turned out to be a pretty route they sent us on to get back to it!) This is Castle Rock.... now, you are looking at the rock formation to the left in the picture with the flag on top. On the right is just the sign with a "model" of the rock.
Kids at the top:
Melissa and I at the top. I thought I might die climbing up there (it's stairs)... I had to stop and sit down twice and I thought I'd never catch my breath. But I made it. At the top, Melissa, who is terrified of heights, held onto the flag pole beam for dear life the entire time. :-) I was proud of her for facing her fears, though!
Back in the gift shop, the girls tried on silly hats:
And here is the bridge from the car....
Here are BONUS PICTURES: Back on my birthday (July 9), we drove to Pigeon Forge for one night just to see the Titanic Museum. We had a great time. Here are the kids in the very small hotel pool:
And standing in front of the Titanic Museum (horrible picture, I know). I highly recommend this museum. We went because over the past school year, Libby developed a big interest in the story of the Titanic and she really wanted to see the museum. I also enjoyed driving through Gatlinburg and the mountains!
As always, God never ceases to amaze me with beauty....
PICTURES I DIDN'T GET IN MICHIGAN THAT I SHOULD HAVE:
- Pictures with my Uncle Mike in Linden at McDonalds and during our visit to the cemetary where my grandparents are buried
- Pictures of my dad or the kids with my dad