Jul 2, 2009

Vacation Finds

What a wonderful trip to Michigan! The kiddies thoroughly enjoyed the lake and all the fun that came with it. They especially loved the lighthouses and catching tadpoles in the tide pools. I believe that childhood summer vacations should be full of things that make the memories that you carry with you your whole life. I think, I hope, that is what I achieved with our Michigan trip this summer.

On the way up to Presque Isle, we stopped in East Tawas at a little bookstore I remember visiting on my previous trips. East Tawas is a quaint town on the shores of Lake Huron. The Book Nook is just what you would expect in a small tourist town. Sorry, they don't have a website to link to. I went there with the hopes of finding a picture book about Michigan history or folklore. I was not disappointed with the selection. I eventually chose M Is For Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet because it covered a spectrum of all things Michigan, from petoskey stones to Vernor's ginger ale. It's almost two books in one, because part of each page is devoted to the letter of the alphabet and is written in rhyme, while another part of the page is a small history lesson. M is For Mitten is one book in a series of alphabet books for each state, so you may want to check out one for the state you live in, or will be vacationing in! I also picked up a fun, little book called I'm a Michigan Kid . It looks like a passport, but is more like a journal/record keeper of things children can do or see while visiting the Great Lakes State. My kids couldn't wait to write down which lighthouses we visited.
I'm heading off to Michigan again this week, this time for a funeral. But with the kids in tow, I want to make more summer memories part of our visit. We will be visiting another much loved spot, Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad. History and fun all wrapped into one!


Casey McCormick said...

That lighthouse is lovely!

I can't wait until my kids are old enough to really remember the things we do. My family traveled and camped a lot when I was a kid, and I can't wait to give my kids their own fun memories like the ones I have.

I LOVE that last picture of your kids. How darling! How far apart are they in age?

Rebecca said...

Every stage my kids go through, I wonder "How can it get any better?" But it has just gotten better and better. They are wonderful, little people. They are 17 months apart and best friends!

Rebecca said...

My daughter will be 6 in August, my son 5 in January.

Corey Schwartz said...


Clicked over form Casey's blogs. My kids are right behind yours. Daughter turned 5 in March, son turned four in June. How funny.

I've got one PB out: Hop! Plop! (Walker, 2006) I have paid for a lot of professional critiques. I'll email you with more info.


Rebecca said...

Thanks Corey! I hope you got my e-mail.

Charlie P. said...

Gorgeous photos! They're all very sweet :)

Rebecca said...

Thank you Charlie!