Michigan Lake House Vacation

Sometimes it's a trip back in time that means the most! In this repost I share the importance of our adult children in our lives along with having grandchildren. We came home from this vacation with the assurance and pride that we had done a good job as parents. We watched as our kids' happy childhood was recreated for their own children in this slice of life that touches us to this day. 


We decided to rent a lake house on Crooked Lake, one of many in Michigan; in honor of our 45th anniversary five years ago. Since Treg and Tracy spent their early childhood on another Crooked Lake, they wanted to show thier own kids what lake living and swimming was all about!
Well, it turned out to be better than our expectations! Two families drove from Georgia (in separate cars) and the other family flew in  from California to meet by mid-afternoon the first day. The home and property were perfect for eleven of us! We enjoyed outstanding weather, everyone got along and all five grandkids had the time of their lives.


A sandy bottom meant the 3 year old twins could walk out pretty far and it really helped them gain confidence in the water. Grandpa and the daddies played water football and 'Shamu' with all the kids.
John kept us organized and fed and was in charge of the grill and fire pit! We had kayak and pontoon boat everyday and rented the jet ski for a day so everyone could have a ride. Daughter Tracy really rocked the jet skiing......no one would ride with her! She had a blast. And our son Treg helped every child catch their first fish!


The front yard leading down to the lake was huge...there was a great swing set/playground area, a hammock and lots of trees!  Plenty of room for tossing the football, playing tag and hide and seek and even a firepit for our smores! ( I shared all of this with an artist friend who did the beautiful painting above! ) My husband had no problem getting around with his walker or cane.......strong fencing along each side of the huge yard allowed him to get down to the lake and dock. He was totally in charge of piloting the pontoon boat!

                                                                          

Flashback to a picture of me in the early 70's with my daughter...my husband with our son then and now!
I loved every minute of it..watching the grandkids' faces all day long as they discovered some new moment of delight about the lake and yard! John or Treg would serve us  Gin & Tonic's each evening...pretty cool to have favorite son and son-in-law taking care of us! Our daughter-in-law made sure every moment was captured with photos and video.



Tracy & John went to bed early with their young kids...but we stayed up late with Treg and Cara and the older girls for the "night life"... catching fireflies, swirling sparklers and sitting by the bon fire. The night we made the yummy smores it was 9:00 PM and the sun was still shining...but that was the only way the Littles could participate and still get to bed!







Favorite places from the past made for awesome day trips. The Gilmore Car Museum, the Air Zoo Museum and the stables where Jim's nephews keep their harness racing horses were great fun for all three generations. The three older kids helped out with grooming and feeding the horses....and Treg got to ride the little cart they use for racing! He also got up on water skiis again on a friend's boat! It warmed our hearts watching him and his sister be kids again!



                                                                            At the end of the week, Treg and Cara stayed on to visit Michigan friends, the Littles took to the road again to visit their Ohio grandparents and Grandpa and I brought the older girls back to Georgia to enjoy them for another week!

"Oh, I miss the comfort of this house...
Where we are, where we are,
Where we are, where we are;
The floor under our feet whispers out
Come on in, come on in
Where it all begins."    Lakehouse by Monsters and Men
                                  

This photo book is a favorite for all of us....allowing us to savor this trip...and also to recall our  early days living on the lake! We  had the best vacation/family reunion/walk-down-memory-lane time ever! 

10 comments:

  1. Wow! FORTY FIVE years! You are my new idol. So very awesome. And what better way to celebrate than with the loved ones who followed. Love this! Congratulations! And thank you so much for sharing your celebration in the GRAND Social. So glad to see you there, my new friend!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa!
      And thanks for helping me to network and enjoy so many wonderful blogs and websites. Nice to know we can all enjoy each others' writing as well as grandparenting adventures! :)
      Joan

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  2. Your vacation sounds wonderful! I actually grew up in a small town in southern Michigan and spent lots of summers on the lake. It is a great thing for children to experience! One of the best things about Michigan summers was that it stayed daylight so late!

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    1. And now you got to see the great autumn colors! I LOVED reading about your recent trip to Michigan......and throughly enjoy reading AmaraLand posts from the past! How fun you make it sharing so many photos. I need to do more of that ....work in progress here.....but learning from some of the BEST!
      Thanks,
      Joan

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  3. Oh my it sounds absolutely wonderful and that painting is gorgeous !!

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    1. Thank you, Debra! That painting has the place of honor above our fireplace! I took several of the kids facing the lake and that one just touched me so.....kind of a forever photo they will always treasure in years to come. And of course, I used the same pic for last year's Christmas cards! :) I appreciate you taking time to read my writing. Going to hop on over to your blog now!
      Joan

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  4. How wonderful that 1) you all got together and that 2) someone documented it and 3) someone assembled the album...oh and 4) you shared the memories with us! Yes, this is about travel, but it's also about family togetherness and the work people do to preserve memories. Hooray for informal family historians!

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  5. Thank you, Karen!
    It was a trip back in time as well as cross country travel! I've added that bit of clarification above about how far we came for this wonderful vacation. It was fun writing the book for the grandkids....but heart warming to see my two adult kids pouring over it as well! Going to check out your blog and FB page! :)
    Joan

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  6. Looks like an incredible family vacation, and I'm sure the cousins will remember it for the rest of their lives. How fun comparing photos from then and now.

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  7. Wow! Nice to hear from such an accomplished writer, Beverly! I've checked out your blog and FB page....you are amazing! Have probably read you in LA Times as well! Nice to meet you and thank you so much for your kind words!
    Joan

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