We spend a lot of time in a little beach town about two hours from Chicago. The directions are simple. Follow Lake Michigan around the coastline and you end up in a quaint little town with a lovely beach, cutesy shops and good eats. We had dreams of bringing Andrew there when I was pregnant and spent some time there walking the sand and getting excited about taking him into the warm Lake Michigan water. Pictures from that trip are still hard to look at. The fact is, those dreams never died. We have dreams that still remain to bring our children there and rent out a beach house for a weekend with friends in the summer and BBQ and stay up late and eat ice cream.
Benjamin's first visit out of the womb was this past weekend. We drove by last year on our way home from our Upper Peninsula vacation to Isle Royale National Park and spoke out loud that we'd return for the epic blueberry festival that takes place in August of each year in South Haven.
And so we did.
I'm not sure the words epic should be used, but it was relaxing and fun and nice enough to earn a spot in our annual plans if we're in town. We got home from our UP trip and promptly marked the date on the calendar. A few months ago, we booked a hotel for Friday night (with an extra large bathroom for the pack 'n' play. SCORE!).
|I surrender! South Haven, MI Pier|
|U-Pick Blueberries at DeGrandchamp Farms|
|Pregnant with Andrew at the same U-Pick place|
|B's not looking... so we'll have to do another take (blueberries cost $1.25)|
|B is now looking and that guy is sticking out his tongue. And apparently it's winter (not the 75 degrees that it was).|
|Nom nom. I love blueberries.|
|Can you tell?|
Here's a video of Benjamin's very hands-on approach to spoon feeding. He's usually much cleaner than this! He also usually ingests more than he wears. He proceeded to rub his eyes when he was done feeding, too. Awesome.