Thursday, July 9, 2009

Home from Yooperville

Home Sweet Home

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!



  1. looks like you had a good time reconnecting with family!!

  2. look at those fine compost piles on those rapidly growing pumpkin plants! Yall have quite the green thumb! :) Farmer Adam & his blushing bride (and of course their trusty sidekick, Sadie) are doing a fabulous job with the pumpkin patch! I'm rooting yall on, because I want lots of pumpkins this fall! Everywhere already has fall decor out and I'm ready! :)
    Glad your trip was good, but more glad that you're home! :) We missed you & I know Tooey did... I cant imagine being gone that long!!! Glad the next trip on the agenda is the one we're all taking TOGETHER!!!! :) Woo-hooooo!!! Who knows, we may talk you into taking the traditional October trip, too! We've still got a few months!! :)

  3. Time with family is priceless. The sunset picture is beautiful. The pumpkin patch is sprouting away, before long you'll have runners with blooms.

  4. Lauren, I think you need to get a picture of the Green Acres couple and put it up in your garden. That would be hilarious! Your pumpkins are coming right along. Can't wait to see them big, fat and orange.

    Looks like y'all had a great family trip, but I'm with you that is a little long to be away from your man. Next time you need to drag him along.

  5. Sounds like a fun time!! I am sure it was hard to be away from Adam for that long--Danny has to be gone for 2 weeks in October and I am NOT looking forward to it!