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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

holland, michigan


Last weekend, Paul and I joined my family in Holland, Michigan for a little family vacation time.  My family has been taking annual trips to Michigan for over ten years.  It's a great destination for getting a break from the St. Louis summer heat and for relaxing on Lake Michigan, where there's a beautiful sunset every night.  My family follows the same routine every year - the trip starts with a weekend in Holland and continues for another week in Frankfort.  Because Paul and I have too many travel adventures and not enough vacation time, we just joined for the Holland leg.  

I have such good memories from all of our time spent on these Michigan vacations (and I feel super grateful that my husband is willing to join me to make new memories).  I remember Mom and Dad were at their most relaxed here, and there was something special about having vacation adventures with my siblings.  Lots of swimming in the lake, karaoking mini van style, jumping off the pier, bike riding, book store trips, and of course, ice cream.  This trip's memories included:


reminiscing about how this candy shop used to be a mandatory stop for me (funny how tastes change, literally)...


an afternoon shopping spree with my mom and sister (the Holland boutiques are so quaint and inspiring)...


posing for the family Christmas card photo...


walking out on the pier for beautiful views of the shoreline...


taking photos with Libby like a boss...


remembering to take a selfie at the lake...


enjoying a picnic pizza party at the beach...


watching the sunset...


and posing for pictures like a movie star....Oh who am I kidding?  Smiling at just the right time in just the right light for a husband that has mad photography skillz.  

What a fantastic trip!  What trips have you been taking this summer?  Have any special family vacation memories?

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