Sunday, October 05, 2008

Weekend in Michigan with Ben's Parents

Ben's parents arrived last Thursday, and we took off on Friday morning to spend the weekend in Michigan. Ben and his dad spent Friday and Saturday in search of salmon...

This is not salmon that they caught - I took these pictures at a fish cleaning station near Brethren, MI. Poor Ben and Larry only caught one fish over the weekend (but they were avoiding the crazy crowded spots near this one). I showed them these pictures later, and they weren't impressed. These fish are old and ugly.

Meanwhile, I took Eli and Cheryl around to some beautiful towns along Lake Michigan. Our favorites were South Haven and Manistee. The weather was crisp and the sky was bright and blue, except for Saturday morning when we had a little rain.

We saw lots of beautiful lighthouses!
We would join up in the evenings and spent Saturday evening on the beach near Ludington, MI.
Eli LOVED playing in the sand. It's been a few weeks since he's played on a beach!
He kept wanting to jump into the cold water. We didn't let him go in.

Eli had fun riding on Grandpa's shoulders on our hike through the woods and sand dunes.







Eli loved it when Ben took off running down the hill.
Here are some of my favorite pictures of the scenery throughout the weekend:





We had a great trip, despite Eli being HORRIBLE at night in our hotel room. He ended up in bed with us both nights and I got very little sleep. It's amazing how much 1-year-olds toss and turn (every time I tried to shift or move a little, he would reach out and grab my arm or face... he was NOT letting me out of his reach!!).

I'm happy to be home, with Eli sleeping peacefully in his own room - and I'm about to climb into my king-size bed with plenty of space and pillows to get comfortable. We have never had Eli in bed with us, and I don't think we we want to repeat that anytime soon!

14 comments:

Laura said...

sounds so fun and great pics as usual!! My friend calls kids "heat seeking missles" when they sleep with them because no matter how asleep they are, they move where every their warm mommy's and daddy's are!!

Marci said...

Such cute pictures - I especially love the last lighthouse one. I'm glad you are all home and sleeping well again :-)!

jcsev said...

Great pics! I wish we could have been there too! Looks like you had a lot of fun. Fall is the best time for great pictures, the lighting is always so perfect!

Rachael said...

I hear you about having kids in bed with you. I do not sleep at all if there is a child in my bed, (they rarely get in bed with me). Beautiful pictures.

Aaron and Emily said...

Michigan is so beautiful! I think that Eli's age is the hardest, with what to do with them at night when traveling. It's hard to reason with them, and there's no place else to go! And it IS impossible to sleep with the way they fling their arms into your face!!

Young Family said...

Great pictures. It sounds like you had a fun weekend.

Laura said...

Looks gorgeous up there!

The Yosts said...

Great pictures- I wish we had some nice Fall/jacket weather. We're still wearing shorts and sweating.

Jenna said...

The scenery pictures are amazing! I want to go there so I can see those in person! Davis is crazy in hotel rooms too! Ends up in our bed which means NO sleep for me! So sorry! I'm glad you are cozy in your own bed now!

Maureen said...

Isn't Lake Michigan beautiful? I had no idea paradise was 3 hours away from us! Looks like you had a great time!

Katie and Greg said...

Looks like a fun trip and your pictures are gorgeous!

Danielle said...

Ok, those last few landscape pictures look like postcards... just beautiful!

Hillary said...

Those are really great pics you took for your fun weekend with Ben's folks. I miss living so close to Lake Michigan and seeing all the fall colors there.

LINDSAY said...

I love the long one with the light house at the end. You great photographer you. Looks like you had a good time.