I’ve resigned myself to the idea that monthly is a reasonable posting frequency when you have two kids. But that last post was just a quick one from the beach, and actually a lot of things have happened lately, so here’s a more thorough recounting.
We had some visitors at the end of June. First, Aunties Nerissa and Valory came out to see Abby and Hannah (and Crystal and me, I guess). They had lots of fun together. Abby and Valory built a zoo:
Nerissa and Hannah laughed at the ceiling:
Then, Cousin Beth came out, for essentially the same reason. They went to a farm without me (but not without Crystal):
Then, at the beginning of July, we bought a house. Now, we haven’t moved into that house yet, because it needs some work. We had a pretty good idea what we were getting into, but it’s still a little alarming. Here’s the kitchen:
Here’s the bathroom:
Here’s the scary part. The family room needed a lot more work than we thought it was going to. We didn’t think there was anything more than some compromised wood paneling in the walls, but actually the sheathing and some of the studs were bad, too, and they had to pull the siding off to get to it. So here’s the family room:
We plan to move in at the end of August.
We did just have a wonderful vacation, though. We went up to Northern Michigan, which is beautiful and glorious. First, we camped for a couple of nights at Sand Lake, in the Manistee National Forest. The lake is little, but so is the campground, and it was definitely warm enough for swimming.
Hannah had all the comforts of home:
Abby had Kai:
We got rained on a little bit the second night, so we moved on to Sleeping Bear Dunes, which is on Lake Michigan. That’s where the spectacularly beautiful photo in the post below is from. We camped one night there, too.
Then it was on to Onekama, where we stayed with Durham friends Elizabeth and Andrew. Abby had a blast with Andrew, and also with the lake. She let me take her kayaking:
And then she swam around in her lifejacket for hours.
I cannot say enough nice things about Northern Michigan. It was beautiful, we had perfect weather, and you can’t drive a mile without the opportunity to buy delicious sweet cherries.