Michigan 2020

Last week my family headed to Michigan for our annual beach vacation.  My mom's side of the family has been going to Michigan for years and years, and it's always one of my favorite weeks of the year.  I don't always get to go due to work, or if I do, it's only for a short time.  This year, though, with already working remotely, I got the 'ok' from my boss to make this trip a working vacation.  I spent the days working, with quick lunches down at the beach, and I was even able to take a couple hours (which I then made up later) during the day to spend time at the beach the day before my brother's family left.  I felt like it worked out well, and I am super glad I was able to go!

Saturday, July 11th
I headed to my parents early Saturday morning.  The drive wasn't all that bad, although I realized about half way through I forgot my pajamas.  Luckily I was able to stop at a Target to pick up a pair.  I really lucked out finding a set, because it was pretty slim pickings!  Since we can't check in until later, we ate lunch before packing and heading out.  Packing was a true puzzle - I swear I think it should be a sport because I was sweating by the end of it!  The trip there was uneventful, which is always a good thing.  We got in shortly after my grandma, and unloaded the cars.  My brother and his family arrived shortly after that, so we unloaded once more.  Before I knew it, it was time for our traditional first night dinner - my grandma's breaded pork.  Goodness, it is so darn good!  She also made my grandpa's warm potato salad and I swear it was the best it's ever tasted.  After dinner, we made it down the beach.  My brother and nephew got in, and I was regretting not changing into my suit because the water felt wonderful!  It wasn't quite time for sunset, so we headed back up to the cottage.  I took a magazine out to the screened in porch and after reading it, I proceeded to take the loveliest nap before it was time to head down to the sunset.  There was a bit of cloud cover, but it was still beautiful.  I was pretty darn tired, so I bowed out of cards and headed to sleep.

Sunday, July 12th
My youngest nephew was up and at 'em early Sunday and those of us who were also awake spent some time out on the screened in porch.  It had rained the night before and was still raining a bit on and off in the morning, which made for some nice porch sitting.  It cleared up a bit, and the boys were getting a bit restless, so my brother and I took them for a walk.  My older nephew had his bike, so we walked, then dropped him off at the cottage when he was done, and picked up our grandma for the rest of the walk.  I thought for sure we were going to be rained on, but luckily most of it was just the wind blowing the rain off the trees.  Shortly after we got back, the rest of the family arrived!  My aunt was there for the week, but my uncle and cousin could only steal away for the day.  It was so nice to see them, though!  After eating French toast for breakfast (my fave!) we got ready to hit up the beach.  The water was pretty wavy, and it just kept getting wavier and wavier as the day went on.  There was a great breeze, and at times it even felt cool!  I didn't stay down quite as long as I would have liked, but I didn't want to push my luck in the sun.  I burn super easily, and even though I was diligent about reapplying sunscreen, I didn't want to take any chances!  Dinner that night was Redamak's.  Usually we would head there, but instead we did pick up.  The food was just as good as at the restaurant, and we had a great dinner together.  Unfortunately, after dinner, my uncle and cousin headed back home.  We got down a bit later than usual for the sunset, and the colors were just so vibrant.  It was time for cards, then off to bed.

Monday, July 13th
As I mentioned above, it was a working vacation for me.  I got in a nice walk, had some breakfast, and logged in for the day.  I took my lunch break down at the beach, then headed back up to finish out the workday.  One of the pillows on the porch has this saying on it - If you're lucky enough to be at the beach...then you're lucky enough.  And I truly felt that, even if the day was spent working!  Another gorgeous sunset capped off the day, followed by more cards.

Tuesday, July 14th
This day was pretty similar to the day before - walk, work, beach, work, and sunset.  After sunset, I joined my brother and sister in law at the neighbor's for a fire.  We had met them at the beach on Sunday, and it was fun having that (socially distanced) interaction throughout the week.  Fun fact, too, they went to college in St. Louis.  It truly is a small world.

Wednesday, July 15th
Wednesday was one of my favorite days.  It was the full day before my brother and his family left, so after our morning walk, I got to work before taking a few hours (which I then made up) in the morning to go down to the beach with them.  It was so fun.  If you follow me on instagram, you saw my attempt at getting a picture with my nephews.  All the photos just crack me up - I kept on smiling, hoping my brother could get one where at least they were both looking and somewhat smiling, haha.  It didn't quite work out, but I love the pictures regardless. After dinner that night, my brother and I got hard to work on our puzzle.  My mom always brings a puzzle (or two) for us to do on vacation, and we had yet to really start on it.  I had gotten the edge pieces out earlier in our stay, but it hadn't been touched since.  We kept at it, and finished it that night!

Thursday, July 16th
I slept in a bit this morning - guess all that puzzle putting together the night before wore me out!  I did get in a nice walk, though, but it was time to work as soon as I got back.  My brother and his family left after breakfast, and goodness was it quiet in the house after that!  After work I decided to head down to the beach.  It was soooo lovely, and the perfect way to end the workday.  I could have really gotten used to that, haha!  We ate dinner (Redamak's again!), took a drive, and then headed down to the beach early to enjoy our sunset.  And boy was it some sunset.  The perfect last sunset.  We stayed down a bit later than normal, but still got in a game of cards.
a picture from my walk

Friday, July 17th
I took a long walk with my mom this morning, before getting to my computer.  I took a longer lunch to enjoy the last bit of beach time, and then worked until it was time to eat dinner, finish packing up, and head home.

And that wraps up Michigan 2020!  Until (hopefully) next year!

Linking up with Lindsay.


  1. Looks like you guys had a great time!!

  2. Your beach pictures are gorgeous! YOu need to frame one for your house!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  3. I'm so glad that you got to enjoy the time with your family and all of those beach sunsets111 Looks so peaceful and beautiful! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  4. Beautiful! So much fun! Where did you stay?

  5. I'm so glad you were able to do this. How AWESOME to be able to work from the beach! Definitely beats working from home any day. You got some really lovely sunset pictures, too! I know your family was so grateful you were able to join them this year. And you need to post your grandma and grandpa's warm potato salad recipe... I'd love to try it! Potato salad is one of my favorite foods, but I've never tried it warm!

  6. This looks so nice. You are the third person I have heard talk about a Michigan vacation in the past week. Just curious, which part of Michigan is this? The beach doesn't look crowded at all!

  7. That sand looks so amazing. I am glad that you got the go ahead to work while on vacation. That is so nice! I would love to visit that area.

  8. Loved reading this and so happy you got To go. We drove by Redamak’s a few weeks ago and it was eerie to see the parking lot empty during “season”

    1. Thank you. It was SO NICE. I know you understand my love of Michigan. :) I can imagine - I think my mom said they just opened the last week in June. It's hard to imagine it empty for that long!

  9. That sounds like a wonderful week!

  10. wow - the perfect week! I particularly like the idea of meeting up for a fire and lots of 'porch sitting' - we need porches here in England, even if we do need to wear our waterproofs to sit on them! It just seems such a relaxing but social thing to do. Your photos are great - and the beach looks so quiet! BTW aren't naps the best? And when you said 'the loveliest nap' - it sounds like a good one - you just can't beat them!!

    1. YES - I have really come to appreciate a good screened in porch! I rarely take naps (they usually make me more tired, haha), but laying on a comfy chaise in the screened in porch with just a hint of chill in the air WAS THE BEST. :)