Friday, July 26, 2013

South Haven Vacation Part 1

Last week we spent at the BEACH...but not at the ocean, at the lake!
We spent the week in South Haven, Michigan and had a great time...

We left early in the morning on Saturday and took our time getting there...taking stops to eat, get gas or just stretch our legs...

We finally arrived at our destination and after dumping our luggage in our home away from home for the week...decided to head out for dinner, drinks and a little exploring.

Our first dinner unfortunately was NOT someplace I would recommend...but the beer was cold and we were on can't complain too much..

On the walk home Hannah fell asleep in the stroller so we decided to explore a little bit.
I had heard lots of good things about South Haven's beaches...but I have to admit, I was not prepared for how beautiful the beaches would be.

Powdery soft sand, water as far as the eye can see..... all of us kept mistakenly calling it the ocean!

Tired lil traveler:

We were a group of 6... 4 adults a 20 month year old toddler and a 5 month old baby...
I knew vacationing with a baby wouldn't be easy...but I didn't full comprehend the logistical craziness we would face with the nap schedules (hannah takes 3-4 naps a day!), sleeping in a bed that wasn't hers in a room with no curtains, etc etc.

Thankfully we made it work and still had fun. Going with friends was a lifesaver since we were able to trade off sitting in the condo for naps to give each other turns enjoying the beach or pool kid free.

And also allowed for a few date nights and post baby bedtime dinners and cocktails on the deck..

But anyway...let's get on with the trip re-cap...which basically just includes ridiculously cute pictures of our baby in swimsuits, sunglasses and sunhats :)

The 6 of us shared a 2 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom 2 story town house. It also had a garage and two decks overlooking the boat docks. The garage was great for leaving sandy wagons and beach toys and for rinsing off before getting into the house...and the two stories were perfect for being normal adults after 7:30/8pm bedtimes. We had a pool that was about a 30 second walk away and public beach access about a 10 minute walk away... While it would have been really nice to be closer (or ON) the beach, I think having the pool made up for that and I'm not sure I would trade closer beach access for the pool.

We took Hannah into the swimming pool for the first time ever on this trip (makin memories man) and I was the insane mom who slathered her kid with like $20 all natural sunscreen, a sun shirt, a hat, glasses and still made her sit under a beach tent.... don't want that precious baby skin to get burned!...She wasn't totally sure about it at first but eventually warmed up to it.

wtf is this?

straight chillin

The pool is fine, but I basically just like how I look in the outfits :)

The pool was a lot easier to lug stuff back and forth from so we spent a lot of time there in between naps, etc. Here are a few more pictures from our pool adventures:

Hannah's bff Morgan playing with her Dad

I have a lot more to talk about like the beaches, the the food, the town and the sunsets (oh man the sunsets!) so stay tuned for more recaps :)

Read Part 2 here and part 3 here

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