Week 19: Last Days and Vacation!

This week the boys had their last days of their current programs before the school year starts. Chase finished with camp and Shane had his last day of daycare and he will soon start Pre-K. This summer has really flown by and I will say the same about the last four and a half years that Shane has spent at his daycare. Like Chase before he started Kindergarten, this is the only place that Shane has ever known. He has been attending since he was 6 weeks-old (yeah…my employer at the time didn’t have great maternity leave practices). I think it is much harder on me right now knowing that he will never return to the place that he spent most of his weekday waking hours, but we made the decision to enroll him in a true Pre-K program to make sure he had a good start going into Kindergarten. Honestly, we all know Shane and change in routines…I wanted to rip that band-aid sooner rather than later.

On Friday we started our drive up to Michigan, stopping at the half way point to stay the night. The boys did really well on the first 4.5 hours of the car ride and it went surprisingly fast. The boys looovveee staying in hotels, and since we typically rent vacation homes they don’t get to stay in hotels very often.  They were beyond excited to stay in the hotel, if only for one night.

The next morning, everyone got up earlier and we started the second half of our journey. We made a few stops along the way. We picked blueberries, which is a Lamar kid tradition when traveling in Michigan, and Shane had the opportunity to admire some antique tractors at the blueberry farm. The kid loves farm equipment.  We arrived at our rental house in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the late afternoon, unloaded and made a quick trip to the closest beach. When we got home, we were all exhausted and ended our night playing cards and eating snacks. It’s vacation and sometimes gummy worms are essential evening snacks.

On Sunday we spent the morning driving through the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive enjoying the sights and somehow surviving the Cottonwood Trail. This trail was only a 1.5 mile loop and it was beautiful, but the terrain was sand….and not shallow sand. Chase was fine, Jason was fine, I managed but struggled and Shane barely survived. The rest of the day was spent at North Bar Lake and then a stop at the Cherry Republic so that we could hand them all of our money to buy cherry flavored things like cherry pancake mix, cherry chocolate coffee, cherry soda (remember..it’s vacation!), and cherry beer (for Jason of course). We all enjoyed 4pm cherry flavored ice cream (it’s still vacation) and then relaxed the rest of the evening.

I have to be completely honest, I am tired and my kids ask a lot of questions. They argue and fight with each other a lot, and for some reason they both talk louder than necessary and make me wonder if they both have some sort of inner ear issue that prevents them from talking at normal decibles. I am just hoping that all 4 of us make it to Saturday alive and sane.

Highlights from Week 19:

  • Baby L is the size of a large garden tomato which is exactly what I have been craving lately…with cottage cheese of course.
  • Baby L is definitely draining the energy from me each day…what happened to the second trimester break from tiredness?
  • We are currently enjoying our family summer vacation in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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