Snow day!

Snow day!

After a boring winter with almost NO snow, the kids were so excited today to get not only a snow storm, but a day off school! They played outside from sun up until sun down.

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Speech meet

Speech meet

Last month, all of the elementary age students at the kids’ school participated in the first round of speech meet. Alayna chose a fable called, “A Little Plant”, to recite. We were soooo excited when she made it past the first round and qualified to be part of a larger speech meet against Christian schools in the area. We were even more thrilled when she actually got a blue ribbon for superior in the speech meet! We are so thankful the kids are loving their new school and get to participate in these activities.

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Back to school photo shoot

Back to school photo shoot

I knew the first day of school was going to be very rushed, so I took the kids to St. James Farm for a photo shoot in their uniforms. Jayda was being a little stinker, as you can tell in the photos! The time is getting close now… And have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE school uniforms?!

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Our Michigan adventure: Last day

Our Michigan adventure: Last day

Today is our last day in Michigan.

It was supposed to rain all day, so we thought we might spend a good chunk of time cleaning up and getting packed to head home. We made a quick trip into Mackinaw City in the morning to explore the beach downtown. It was breezy and a little cool, but the kids and I had a nice time digging in the sand while Kent went for a bike ride.

When we got back to the campground, we figured we should build our last campfire before it started to rain. We had hot dogs and s’mores for lunch.

 

As the day progressed, we were blessed that instead of getting cold and rainy, the weather actually cleared off. We went for a drive to visit some light houses and then ended the afternoon at the sandy beach at the campground.

We wrapped up our last evening with a few family photos along the beach. This time, as the sun set, it was like a big yellow spotlight shining on the beach. It created some great lighting for a few photos in front of our cabin.

This little one decided to be photogenic and kept running around posing for the camera.

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Our Michigan adventure: Tahquamenon Falls

Our Michigan adventure: Tahquamenon Falls

Our next adventure was to drive north to Tahquamenon State Park to see one of the largest waterfalls in North America. Tahquamenon Falls was totally worth the drive.

It was a short hike to the lower falls, which is a series of five rushing water falls. The upper falls is the third largest waterfall in North America.

After visiting the falls, we drove about 15 minutes more to the northernmost tip of Michigan. We had planned to play on the beach once we got there, but this only showed our ignorance of all things Michigan.

Lake Superior separates Michigan from Canada at this point. It’s also the site of hundreds of shipwrecks due to the harsh weather. The wind was fierce and cold. We could barely stand on the beach for a few minutes before we turned back to get in our van and head for warmer shores!

By the time we got back to the campground, it was dinner time, so we ended the evening with bike rides around camp, a fire and s’mores. We also were treated to the most glorious sunset show we had seen since we arrived in Michigan. As you can see from the photos, the colors of this evening’s show were spectacular!

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Our Michigan adventure: Dune jumping

Our Michigan adventure: Dune jumping

After resting up from our trip to the island and having dinner, we decided to go explore some new beaches. We drove to Wilderness State Park, which was about 20 miles away, but had the added benefit that it was on the western side of the state. That meant the sun would set directly across the lake.

The beaches along this shoreline are very sandy and featured nice sand dunes. As with most of the places we explored in Michigan, we were surprised to get to the beach and find we were the only ones there! We had the whole beach to ourselves.

We settled in a spot on the beach with a nice sand dune that felt like a giant sandbox. The bay was full of warm water and, once again, the kids could wade out a long way into the water before it even reached their knees.

We entertained ourselves by running and leaping off the edge of a sand dune into the deep sand pit below. It was a beautiful evening that concluded with a gorgeous sunset. As the sky turned to red, it cast a red light across the lake, lighting up the trees and rocks on the other side.

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