Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Hollie and I decided to treat ourselves to a girls only (because we happen to have all daughters) trip to Munising for Mother's Day.  It was a huge success.  We've talked about taking some bigger trips, and with this one under our belts, at least I am a lot more confident about taking a longer trip sometime in the future.  

I'm pretty sure that we hit the best weekend the UP had seen to date, weather wise.  My favorite weather is when its cold enough to wear a sweatshirt when you are in the shade, but warm enough in the sun for short sleeves.  Thats exactly what we got.  Sunny skies, no wind, and maybe most importantly, no black flies.  We spent some time at two different beaches, one sandy and one rocky.  Lake Superior was just as chilly as I remember.  I also remember as a kid thinking it wasn't that bad.  My kids agreed.

I was lucky enough to get this shot of all five of us using the timer on my camera.  It sums everything up nicely, and is my favorite of the whole weekend.  And it reminds me of the sunset pictures from The Real Cabin.

We went to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which was a first for me.  Maybe the shoreline looks like this 365 days a year, but I prefer to think we were lucky and hit an amazing day.  

Claire and I sat by the water and watched the sunset, just the two of us.  She said being by the water and listening to the waves gives her the "best peaceful feeling".  I know what she means.  

 And we also went to Miner's Falls, which were better than I expected.

All in all a great trip.  After finding out how easy it was, hopefully we'll be able to repeat it.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Milena is Two!

Milena turned two last month.  We had such a fun time partying at the zoo with Annesley, Hollie and Tom last year, we decided a repeat was in order.  Hollie was smart and made a cupcake for Milena without frosting, though I did bring a poncho for Uncle Dave, just in case.  A lot has changed over the past year, but Milena's dislike for cake was not one of them.  She actually requested a 'rainbow cake' and I made her one for her actual birthday.  She didn't eat it.  Hollie made a sweet monkey cake for the party.  She didn't eat it.  I've got to say, if there are any two cakes that could tempt a person to change their mind, these would be it.  She's firmly against cake.

The day started out pretty chilly, but things shaped up nicely and we fully enjoyed everything a second birthday party should be.  Eating, pink glitter crowns, bubbles and the zoo.  

Happy Birthday, Milena and Annesley!