There is truly no place like home. After being away from Adam for 6 nights and 7 days, I decided not to leave him for that long again. My family can vouch for that, because toward the end of the vaca I proceeded to get more and more grumpy (that was a kind word to use). So last Thursday afternoon I headed on down to Tampa to celebrate my Dad's 51st birthday. We were happy to celebrate his birthday, since the 50th year of life wasn't filled with good luck for MJ and Billy Mayes. On Friday morning we woke up bright and early to head off to Munising, Michigan were my mother grew up and where my Grandma D lives. My Mom and her two brothers and their children all got together to through Grandma D a 75th birthday party. More on that later! When we arrived the weather was a bit different than our hot, humid, sticky, muggy weather...I reach for my north face jacket because it was quite chilly. It might have been chilly but oh how glorious is was to have my hair do exactly what I wanted it to do. I do love the cold, dry weather just for that! Heading out to camp we stopped in the happening town of Chatum (I am being facetious), and hit up The Village Pub, oh wow the food was divine, but the cigarette smoke could have been less. My brother, Matthew and I shared the everything fired bowl.
16 Mile Lake Camp
This is where we stayed all week at the camp. My great grandfather and my Uncle Al built this cabin together in the 50's and there are so many wonderful memories that were made out here. I loved hearing about all of my Mom's and her brothers memories they had from their childhood. When I was growing up we would go to Michigan for two weeks but it has been 6 0r 7 years since I have been so it was interesting to see what had changed. You no longer have to walk outside and down tot the basement to shower (my mom and dad added a shower to the main part of the cabin, which was wonderful)! When we arrived, not everybody was there yet so we got settled in to our rooms and relaxed after a long day of traveling. It was great to visit with everyone!
All the girl cousins
All the girl cousins except for me slept in a tent out behind camp. So they blew up there mattresses on the deck and we use it to lounge on and visit. I have to say though that it gets really cold and damp up here at night so I don't know how they did that. It did help with the amount of people in camp because there is 4 twin beds and 2 pull out couches which all were getting used. Once everyone arrived we ate some yummy lasagna and of course had an awesome bonfire. What fun was had by all! The Fourth of July festivities and Grandma's birthday will be in the next post. Happy Weekend!
Mom, Dad, Uncle Jeff, Uncle Michael, Grandma D, and Aunt Pam
Angel Island on 16 Mile Lake
All of the grandchildren
Remember our A and L's Pumpkin patch, well they are "gettin" some growing on! Here is what they look like now. They have been in the ground for almost two weeks!