Michigan Memories | Mommy and Me Monday | 336th ed


I think the look on my face, staged or not, likely explains how we felt a large portion of this week! We are a little crazy, but have no travel plans as a family for the rest of the year. 

Michigan Mommy and Me Monday


12 hours to my Aunt’s house.

2 hours to the lake house.

16 hours to Tennessee (including a freeway down to one lane, a car engulfed in flames and the worst rain storm ever).

4 hours to home.

1 kid fell off the dock and into the lake (don’t worry, she had an adult there to grab her and a life jacket on).

1 kid was taken to urgent care for stitches in her foot.

1 husband was offered cookies and juice for the ghost like appearance of himself during said stitches.

1 kid was sick in the bed at the hotel.

But, at one point, including us, there were 28 family members at the lake hanging out together. That? Makes it all worth it. Spending time with our crazy kiddos when they are having a good time helps, too.

Michigan Life | Mommy and Me Monday

There were also a ton of paddle boat, kayak and paddle board trips with various little ones riding along. 

Michigan Life | Mommy and Me Monday

There were fish to be caught. Hooks to be baited. Pancakes to be made and all of the good stuff that life on the lake allows for.

There was a trip to the dunes which ended up with me flying solo with the four girls. It was mostly good. We got a lot of sand in our shoes. A nice gentleman offered to take a picture of all of us. He and his daughter tried so hard to get everybody to look, too. It was very appreciated.

Michigan Life | Mommy and Me Monday

And, I was able to get a picture separate with each of the girls which doesn’t happen often.

Michigan Life | Mommy and Me Monday

There was no dune walk down for us. The sign even says it takes 2 hours and if they have to rescue you, there is a hefty fine!

Michigan Life | Mommy and Me Monday

So, posing for pictures at the top was kind of our jam.

Michigan Life | Mommy and Me Monday

Approximately two seconds after this picture, she took her hat off and threw it down, which meant it went down over the edge of the walkway and partially down the dune. The number of gasps from onlookers made me realize they thought a kid fall. So I was the crazy lady yelling “it’s just a hat, don’t worry.”

Michigan Life | Mommy and Me Monday

Then another nice man offered to climb down and get it. When I said not to worry, he insisted and our hat was saved. 

Also, this is what it looks like when you are hiking and walking around the dunes solo. Baby on the front or back in the lillebaby carrier and Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back diaper bag on the opposite. Grumpy baby, optional.

Michigan Life | Mommy and Me Monday

 And, at the end of the vacation (and let’s be honest, every night), you put your feet up and relax and enjoy the quiet with a good drink. Because….ahhhhh vacation with family.

Michigan madness | Mommy and Me Monday

 Which I affectionally call a “trip.” Now, if only I could have a vacation soon!


I didn’t want to go, but I’m sure glad I did!

A photo posted by Krystyn (@seriouskrystyn) onJul 20, 2016 at 6:03pm PDT


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  1. Mr. Serious says:

    Awesome post. This really captures the trip.

  2. Y’all got some serious AIR on that tube! 🙂 I followed you in photos, and it looked like a great time! Now… who made the pancakes so I can line up? 🙂

  3. Looks and sounds like quite the adventure! I so love that first shot – your daughter with the thumb aimed at you cracks me up. Glad the good outweighed the bad and hope that foot is healing well!

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