Our Summer Vacation~Up North, Michigan

For the past three weeks, our home has been in complete disarray due to our kitchen transformation.   To get away from the stress, we packed up the car and headed out of town for a week.  We're back now, well rested, re-connected as a family and re-energized.  

While I'm busy catching up on emails, I'd thought I'd share some pictures from our trip.

If you're not familiar with life in Michigan, there is a place we go to get away, called "up north".  It's basically the upper part of the mitten {lower peninsula} to the tip of the rabbit {upper peninsula}.  

Last week, we chose to visit our favorite "up north" lake. 

Ahh...the simple life for seven whole days. 

All we had to worry about was getting the sand out of our hair {and our ears}, 

wearing enough sunblock and keeping the lid on the bait. 

The simplicity of the trip was very inspiring. 

I could have spent the whole week taking pictures.  

Who am I kidding?  I did spend the week taking pictures:).

I can't get enough of the old, chippy, crusty, nautical beauty that is Michigan. 

Nothing makes me happier or more content than being on the water,

for an entire week, 

with my family.  

 It was just what we needed.  

It was hard to leave the business for a week.  Especially right now, when I'm the busiest I have ever been. 

However, taking a break to enjoy the kids, the summer and life, has brought me renewed energy and inspiration.

"Pure water is the world's first and foremost medicine" ~Slovakian Proverb

I hope you enjoyed "Up North" Michigan.

We had a wonderful time, but it's great to be home.
Back to work!


  1. Oh what a lovely and peaceful looking place. I would love it. So glad you had a great time. Hugs, Marty

  2. Just got back from South Haven, MI. Cannot beat the lake life in MI, that's for sure. Soon to be heading up north to the Petoskey/Harbor Springs area for another week on Lake MI. Definitely no need to go further than MI during the summers. Glad you were able to get away.

  3. Ha! I've been "up north!" Now every place I go to with a lake gets referred to as "up north." I grew up in Michigan and these photos are SOOO uniquely Michigan. I love them.

  4. Thanks for sharing your beautiful vacation with us, love all your photos! I grew up in the UP so can certainly appreciate the beauty.

  5. Thanks for sharing your great photos. Looks like you had a wonderful & refreshing trip!

  6. your photos are amazing. glad you hada break, work ill still be there when you get back. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  7. Oh....I miss Michigan and it's lakes! Having grown up in Michigan...and having lived "up north" Michigan...I can say your pictures make homesick. My "up north" Michigan was Gaylord and Mackinaw...where is yours?

    All the best, Tina
    tinb158 at hotmail dot com

  8. Going to Hubbard Lake this weekend! We have also made a family Thanksgiving trip a new tradition, and it's just awesome to be away. With a 3 year old and an 8 week old, this trip will be a real adventure:)

  9. We just came home from Up north too! A tour of Traverse, Mackinaw Island, and Tahquamenon Falls! Love it.

  10. I'm aching for a trip to Michigan! I just released my second novel (about a sweet little cottage town in...you guessed it! Michigan!) :) and the craziness surrounding that plus a cross country move has me ready for a beach break!

    phew! Your photos are gorgeous!!! Wow. Looks like the perfect getaway!

  11. Just came upon your blog! Can't wait to dig through the archive. We are from Louisiana, but spend a couple of weeks every summer Up North! It's our favorite place!


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