THE BEST DAY

I’m back and yes, up to my ears in laundry and to do’s but before I have our Lake Michigan vacation recap ready for you, I at least wanted to share our favorite day; our best day of the trip. The first full day of our trip was last Sunday, and it also happened to be Mr. Nine’s Birthday! 

 The above pic was from the sidewalk I walk to get to the bakery.

Of course, we started the day off with a bakery run. Well "I" ran walked to the bakery and brought back the goods. 


Then it was time to work off the doughnuts with a hike. There are soooo many hiking trails in Northern Michigan. Baldy Trail is the perfect hike. Trail in woods up to dunes and an amazing overlook of Lake Michigan. Someone had even created a miniature gnome home at the base of a tree in the middle of the hike. 


The views are spectacular. 

So much FUN!!


The Wildflowers were gorgeous!

We went down a few lanes to take a look at different lakes. There are 33 alone in the county where we stay. Down one little lane was the CUTEST lemonade stand. It was decorated so precious, just look at the sign. The sweet little lemonade seller was even wearing yellow. 

Lunchtime! We went to a highly recommended spot called the L'Chayim Deli. Great croissant sandwich!

Next it was time for some beach Badminton! Last year we got the most fabulous portable badminton set. It’s under $30 and we love it! It didn't get great reviews but we'd give it 5 stars. it's Perfect. It Folds down to a neat little portable carry set, even holding all the rackets. Mr. Nine and I won one game, but the boys were the champs winning the series. 


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Next it was time for Mr. Nine to open all the birthday presents we brought him. He had a boat load to open. This is a favorite whiskey that I surprised him with from out loves distiller in a bag made of old recycled whiskey barrels.

His choice for dinner was the Iron Fish Distillery. It’s out in the boonies and we just love it there. Outdoor entertainment, great cocktails, wood fired pizzas and all kinds of games. Of course, we played some corn hole and once again got beat by the kids, lol. Our favorite pizza was called the “sassage” and I loved that many of the cocktail specials were made with fresh strawberries since it’s strawberry season up there. 





What I wore to dinner....
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On the way back, one of the boys suggested Ice cream and we were all in. Next to our own town’s ice cream shop, our vacation town’s is 2nd best and so cute. I love that they have kiddie cones! The perfect size for me. They’re lemon custard is to die for. 

Lake Michigan sunsets cannot be beat! We made it back lakeside just in time for one of the prettiest of the week. It went from orange hues to cotton candy. Spectacular! 


Such a great day with our sweet fam and what a way to celebrate the guy who makes these fabulous vacations possible! 

 We didn’t get many photos of the 4 of us on this trip but I did pull out the remote for this evening, but we were laughing so hard at my clicks, this was the best one, lol. 

It's the little days like this that make life Grand! 
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK SWEET FRIENDS!

44 comments:

  1. Look at that sunset!! Just gorgeous. Looks like you had a great day celebrating. And I love that badminton set! What a great idea for a beach trip! Happy Monday, Andrea!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  2. Looks like a wonderful little trip- filled with the best of everything! XO

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  3. What a wonderful way to celebrate a wonderful man! I know your Mr. Nine felt so loved and special! Your vacation makes me want to go to Lake Michigan so badly!!! One of these days! Love you sweet friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  4. Where did you get your workout tank? I'm always looking for a longer tank to wear with my leggings!

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  5. What a perfect day! It looks like Mr. Nine had a fabulous birthday and how nice to get a little family time in with the college boys. I can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip! and good luck with that laundry ;-)

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  6. That does sound like the BEST day. What wonderful memories you've created! It all looks amazing and I can't wait to see more!

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  7. I love going up to Michigan! The lakes, trials, sunsets are so gorgeous! Looks like the perfect day to celebrate your hubby's birthday! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  8. What a perfect day! Doughnuts AND ice cream and all of that family time... doesn't get any better! And lemon custard ice cream sounds ahhhhmazing. I love lemon everything!

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  9. Happy Birthday, Mr. Nine! Looks like a fabulous day for all! The views - spectacular and that lemonade stand - precious! xoxo

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  10. That sounds like a wonderful day for all! Those hiking views are spectacular.

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  11. This trip looks like it was an absolute BLAST and it seems like the weather was gorgeous! Happy birthday to your hubs!!

    Rosy Outlook

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  12. What a fabulous time with your family, Andrea. I saw some of your stories when it was an insect infestation at the top of the hike!!
    And that food!!! Yum,
    OXOX
    Jodie

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  13. Looks like an amazing day. That sunset!!

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  14. What a special day and great way to celebrate Mr. Nine! The sky pictures and that view from your hike is just absolutely beautiful. So glad your first full day with such a good one!

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  15. I know Mr.Nine really enjoyed his birthday with all his favorite people! You guys were able to do so much! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  16. Wow, it looks like an amazing trip! Those donut flavors...YUM!! And the views on your hike were spectacular! And your red dress is SO cute! You have the best dress collection. Glad Mr. Nine had a great birthday and you all had a fantastic time on your trip!

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  17. I love your dress! That place looks so beautiful & I'm glad ya'll had such a great time! I'm really wanting a slice of that pizza right now lol

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  18. How gorgeous is that sunset, and now I'm totally craving some donuts! Hope Mr. Nine had the best birthday <3

    Green Fashionista

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  19. Aw, it looks like Mr. Nine was celebrated up right. That badminton kit is the bomb. I can totally see why you'd give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. How great that you don't have to drive any poles in the ground. I wish there was an awesome donut shop within walking distance of our condo next week. But then again, maybe it's best that there's not. HA! XOXO

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  20. What a WONDERFUL trip. Mr. Nine was celebrated to the Nine's...LOVE it. Those sunsets are gorgeous, and you did so much fun stuff that it looked like the absolute best time. Glad you all got to enjoy it. Have a great week back at home!

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  21. There is nothing like a Michigan sunset! Sounds like a great day!

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  22. It looks like you have had such a fun vacation and how nice to celebrate Mr. Nine's birthday while away! I enjoyed looking at the photos on IG too. Hope you have a nice week. :)

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  23. I know more than any view or sunrise or sunset or food, you just soaked up the family time. How precious it is!!!! I love that you all are so active together too!
    That little lemonade stand. How could you resist????

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  24. What a fun day! I hope Mr. Nine enjoyed his special day. I need to get some badminton going on our family vacay!

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  25. That does sound like a great day!!! The sunset pictures you captured are beyond gorgeous and I'm sure they are more beautiful in person!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  26. Looks like a special day. Those views are incredible. I saw your instastories yesterday, and just want to say Hang in There! Blogging is such a fun hobby and fun way to have community.

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  27. I am SO glad that you guys had such an amazing vacation! You look beautiful and the men in your life are always so handsome!! With or without a shirt! HAHA!! That's the 18 year old Laura coming out! Love you!!

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  28. What a wonderful way to spend a birthday! He looks so happy - actually...you all do! And oh-my-gosh that little girl and the lemonade stand. What a serious cutie! I would have bought the whole stand! Hard to say no to that little face :) Good luck getting back into the swing of things this week! xo

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  29. It looks like you all had a fantastic time and great food! We love checking out local doughnut places, too! Those wild flowers and views are BEAUTIFUL!

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  30. Happy birthday to Mr. Nine! Looks like you had an amazing trip!

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  31. What a wonderfull day! And a fantastic place to stay and relax!

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  32. Looks incredible, thanks for sharing your lovely adventure - looking forward to reading more about your holiday. Jacqui Mummabstylish

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  33. I'm dreaming about a trip to Michigan for our 30th anniversary next year...

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  34. This looks like the most amazing day!! What a lucky lady you are to vacation with your guys. Happy Birthday to Mr. Nine! Do you think you could ship me one f those maple bacon donuts?? YUM!!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  35. What an amazing trip and a great way to celebrate Mr. Nine!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  36. Sounds like a wonderful day! Glad you enjoyed your vacation!
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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  37. Oh wow it looks like such a fun time! That bacon maple donut looks amazing! I love a good little treat!

    http://www.ruthyannie.com

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  38. What a fun, fun way to celebrate Hubby's birthday. And, I love bacon but I cannot imagine a bacon covered donut. So good you can still have these times with the boys. Have a great week getting settled back in.

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  39. What a fabulous way to celebrate a birthday! I didn't realize there were so many trails around Lake Michigan to hike! I always ask for a kiddie cone because I almost get it every single day in the summer lol.
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

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  40. Such a good looking family, love that red dress on you! Love the flutter sleeves too Hot! Sounds like a wonderful day!I love to hike and explore new places too.
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  41. What a fun day with your boys!

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  42. What a great getaway. You all look fab. The red dress is darling. Of course, you look so cute in anything...lol. Thanks for sharing at “Love your Creativity.”

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  43. What a fun trip with the boys! The pizza looks so good.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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