Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Trip to WI/MI/IN

Since the kids start school next week, I figured I should get caught up on summer blog stuff!
On our way to Wisconsin/Michigan/Indiana for our summer vacation!!!! 


Lots of fun family time -- we really enjoyed playing Blokus together! Great for all ages!


The kids continue to get better and better at ping pong -- if I don't really play well, I get beat now!

Speaking of games, Bryan's brother had this game called "Kubb" -- kind of like horse shoes only with wooden blocks.  Fun lawn game for everyone to join!

Our ritual trip to Culvers . . . I think they were all watching a video that Bryan had just taken beat-boxing with a straw:)

Fun with cousins!

Tyler and Grandma playing a mean game of Chinese checkers!

Also a WI tradition -- we always go see a matinee together . .. this year's selection was Minions.  It was hilarious!  And, since we went on a Tuesday, we managed to get free popcorn . . SCORE!


Right before we left, we found out from family that one of the water/amusement parks in Wisconsin Dells (Mt. Olympus) was offering $9 tickets.  So, we couldn't refuse a good deal like that, and made a day of going there and back.  Didn't get many pics of the water slide park since I didn't want to get my phone wet:)  Since Tyler just hit 48", that is a MAGICAL number and we got to ride lots of slides together as a family.  It was fairly crowded, but manageable!

Getting ready to ride go carts together -- the first time our family had done that.


I think Kayla was a little apprehensive . . . what do you think????

So probably the most fun of the day -- Tyler rode his first "real" roller coaster together, and we got to ride as a family!  Even though it was a wooden coaster, it wasn't too "jerky" -- it was a good first ride for him!

Tyler and Daddy coming back to the platform -- whew!  We made it!


 I celebrated my birthday while we were there!


Pictures from a nearby park!


Game of kick ball -- Grandma and Grandpa were even brave enough to join in!


After after we left WI, we drove around Chicago and visited some sand dunes in Michigan.  The kids had never seen anything like this and it was a really fun day together!

We're all smiling . . .we hadn't climbed that big hill behind us yet:)

This pic doesn't do this justice, but it is really hard to climb uphill in pure sand -- you just keep sliding down the hill!

So -- this picture was NOT taken at my finest moment:)  Kayla (bright orange shirt to the right) started laughing that she had hidden/lost her flip flops in the sand as she was climbing up.  When I went to help her retrieve them, we couldn't find them anywhere.  We dug and dug and dug.  The sand had just engulfed the crazy things.  I was a tad bid frustrated as it was really going to make things interesting if she couldn't find them.  After MUCH searching, I found one and Joshua found the other, but we didn't laugh anymore about losing flip flops!

Half way up!


Made it -- and everyone had their flip flops!

  You can't see it in the picture, but in between the two trees, you could faintly see a picture of Chicago's skyline -- it was pretty cool!





We spent several hours exploring -- it would was incredible how there would be sand one moment, and then forest the next!  The shade was always a nice addition in between the hot sand spots!




By this point, we were pretty hot and exhausted, so we walked along Lake Michigan -- but only to get our feet wet . .. 

 . . . or maybe just up to our knees . . .


 . . . or maybe just get completely drenched!  The kids had never been in a large body of water before with waves that kept coming on the beach -- it was really run to see their enjoyment!

Doesn't everyone do backbends on the beach???

The next day we went to my brother and sister in law's house in IN -- it was super fun to see their new place and hang with them for a night!

We grabbed a bit to eat  . . . who are these crazy kids???  The portion sizes were HUGE  . . .

 . . .we decided a walk was in order!  It was really fun to walk through a small town like that -- so different from where we live, but so refreshing!  Joshua and his cousins . . .

Kayla and the girl cousins . . .

We had a great week away, came home exhausted, but definitely worth it!

3 comments:

Mindi Miller said...

Was the dunes picture at Warren or Indiana Dunes? We were just at Warren Dunes a couple of weeks ago. It would have been great to run into you there!!

Joan Crouse said...

Very interesting to see your pics and comments.
I went to Wheaton College's nurses training in Oak Park, Ill. Chicago was right across the street. Did lots of sight seeing in Chicago.
Joan Crouse

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