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Monday, June 25, 2012

South Haven, a good distraction!

I SOOO love reading your blogs. . . you reinforce my beliefs. . . .

Yes you are all (or mostly all) teachers and you are as addicted to   love teaching as much as I do! Yes it is summer time and yes it is a time to take a break from teaching. . .. . . but are we? REALLY?

I guess my brain doesn't have the OFF switch some other teachers do. I can start a conversation at any time with any one about teaching.

Now both of my kids (who are teachers and very good teachers too!) get after me and tell me to NOT talk about teaching, because it is summer time!

How is it that they can let it go and I can't?

Maybe that's why my daughter Mackenzie suggested that we take a little road trip to South Haven and Lake Michigan today. It's only about an hour and a half drive  for us and it is a quaint and cozy town. If any of you live near there, I have one question for you. . . . do you get as big a thrill about seeing the beach as I do because you can see it every day?

We had a scrumptious lunch on a boat (that is not moving!). We got to sit outside and I LOVE eating outside in the summer time! The sun was warm and the breeze was perfect! We had a great lunch!

Isn't she a cutie-pie?

Then we strolled through some cute, adorable shops and found lots of things to giggle about and wish we could have one of each! The trip wouldn't be complete without a stop at Kilwins for some ice cream. We even sat outside to eat that and played a game of checkers while we ate!

She did beat me, but that's because I taught her some great strategies for playing when she was younger!

Then we walked down to the pier and the beach.

It got very windy and there were cool white caps.
Some people were swimming but the water temperature said 68 degrees!!! Brrrrrrr!!

The best part of this pier is the light house at the end.

We drove around looking for houses to rent for a future vacation. Mackenzie and I are both dreamers and love to make plans whether we actually follow through on them or not. There are beautiful homes with great views. Maybe someday we'll actually take some time to rent a place here.

And in the end, I didn't think of school stuff all day long. . . this trip was an uber distraction and exactly what I needed. (Besides loving the one on one time I had with Mackenzie!)

So for anyone who doesn't live on the west side of Michigan,
you have now been given a tour of a special part of our state.

Actually it would look even better if you came here and found out for yourself how cool it is!

I hope you enjoyed this NON educational vacation away from the ordinary!

THANKS Mackenzie! I (puffy heart) luv, love, LOVE you!



  1. OMG THANK YOU so much for letting me know about all the goodies on your blog! They are wonderful and I will definitely be putting them to good use! It's so nice to be able to have time to read blogs and see all the wonderful resources out there :) Thanks again so much! :)

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  2. What a perfect day!

    ANNNNDDDDD... your awesome daughter was my 2,000th blog follower! She's forever immortalized in my milestone! :)


  3. Patty, I've enjoyed looking at your awesome blog today and am now your newest follower! I would like to get together with all of you at the meet up! Where can I get more info?

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  4. Thanks for the info about the meet-up Patty! I will check back to read more when you blog about it! I really hope to make it there!


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