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Michigan 2012



It’s been almost a month since I’ve been back and I have been completely slacking with my posts.  I’m not going to apologize though, I’ve been living life and making some pretty big strides since my return… more on that later..




In short, Michigan was fantastic.  We didn’t spend too much time doing water sports, instead we spent a lot of time ‘off site’.    Here are some recaps from our trips.

Sand Dunes – What’s the most beautiful place in the USA?  It’s sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore in Michigan, according to a vote in 2011 by viewers of good morning america.  I’ve seen family photos of the place for a while and I’ve been secretly wanting to go myself.  This was my year!  We headed west to the sleeping bear dunes and much to my surprise, it was even better than I was anticipating.  First up we went to a smaller dune overlooking Lake Leland.  This is where we took turns running up and down the dunes and capturing some pretty fantastic photos.

Next up was the main attraction.  The dune everyone was warning me about.  The dune that was my ‘workout’ for the day.  Let me tell you.  They were not joking.  It took me just about a minute to run, skip and maneuver my way down this thing.  Thankfully it had rained that morning and it had packed the sand a little.  Thank you weather for a not so crowded and easier to climb experience.


The climb was amazing, but what really took my breathe away was the views.  It was blue as far as the eye could see.  Absolutely stunning.

Oh, and I just want to throw it out there… yours truly made it up the dune the fastest.



Paint Ball – This was my first experience paint balling.  Holy balls is it super scary and incredibly exhilarating!  Our instructor told us ladies, you will know within the first couple of minutes if you love it… or hate it.   Despite being the first one out in our first game (I swear the horn wasn’t even done buzzing before I got hit) and getting hit in the neck while I was in ‘the safezone’ I had an absolute ball.  We broke up into teams and played 3 different scenarios two times each.  Once was in the smaller space with big black tubes to hide behind, a more realistic field with old vehicles, houses , tires, sand dunes and other random objects to hide behind and the final course was just in the woods.  If I learned anything about myself during paint ball it’s that I am definitely more of a ‘guarder’ then a ‘run to the flag and get shot at allot’ type of person.  Again, after being hit in the neck (somehow I managed to get hit in the 1/2 ” of space where my neck wasn’t guarded) I was first to volunteer to be a guard. youillstayhiddenbehindsomewoodigotyoucovered.

group shot

garrison family shot


I’m not sure how or when the decision was to play family paint ball instead of our normal family put put, but I was a fan!

Sand Bar – If you were to ask me where I want to live, in a dream situation.. water would definitely be involved.  In fact, I may have changed my answer this summer and could just say Elk Lake Michigan.  Especially because we headed to Torch Lake this year (they are connected – about an hour boat ride to get there from the cottage) and hit up the sandbar.  So.Much.Fun.  We pulled our two boats up (yup, we had to get a second boat to fit everyone this year) and anchored right in the swing of things.  Booze, bathing suits, snacks and music.

sand bar, torch lake Michigan


What else could we possibly need?  A floatie.. for Grandma.  Marc’s cousins and I went on a mission to find a tube or floatie for his grandma.  It was a bit wavy and she was uncomfortable with the water height and it was way too hot to stay up on the boat all day.  Mission accomplished.


Not too much after this happened… we may have been out of adult beverages and on a mission.  again, after a few bizarre looks, a long walk, a few ‘mystery shots’ and almost selling me to some strangers… mission accomplished.

I’d say we had a good time.

 House painting – The warner’s bought the cottage next door and we spent allot of our vacation helping scrape and paint everything.  We took turns so it went by fairly quickly.  Many hands make light work.  In the end, it looked like a brand new cottage.  Teamwork FTW!


Washer Game – Each time I visit I try to do something nice for the warner’s.  I mean, they are letting me stay with their family for the week, it’s the least I can do.  This year, my dad and I made our family favorite game and sent it up to them.  Let’s just say… it was a hit.  I hope the game is used frequently and brings their family as many memories as it does my own.



Other Randoms –



what a stud 😉

paddle boating with Melissa and Tucker

just gotta throw it in there!



I realize this was a lot to read and if you’ve made it all the way to this point I am impressed and thankful.  A big thank you to the Garrison, Craig and Warner family for welcoming me into your lives and treating me as one of your own.  You truly have become family to me.  Looking forward to the years to come!!


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I’m Backkkk!

The wait is finally over 😉 I know I’ve been a bad blogger for the past couple of days week and I apologize.  Life was just too busy and I (unexpectedly) didn’t have internet connection where I was staying and it totally threw me off!  To make up for my mistake, I’ll fill you in on the past week’s events via pictures.  Thank gosh for an iphone!

Sir Finley

I spent the week dog/house sitting.  Can you believe it, I got paid to hang out with 3 dogs (bruno the mini schnauzer, finley the horse goldendoodle and olive the dashund).  Talk about an amazing job.  Anyone else out there interested in going away and need a dog sitter – I’m your gal.

Ms. Olive

Horse status.

I’m not joking when I said Finley is as big as a horse.  Okay, well maybe he is the size of a pony, but still.  He’s huge and I wanted nothing more then hide him in my car and take him home with me.  Such a gentle giant.  Goldendoodles have definitely moved up in my favorite dog list… watch out Vizslas and Weimarainers!

night out on the town

I dusted off the old dancin’ shoes and went downtown with some of my friends.  Let’s just say my dance pants were on.  This night specifically got me so excited for my alumni weekend coming up in a short time.  ICFH, it’s time to put your big girl pants on…

Frog on Frog

I went cray fish hunting with Marc, Sarah and Mitch and we stumbled upon these guys.  What we originally thought was a huge frog turned out to be a frog latched on to another frog.  For a while there I was convinced that we should call the Guinness World Record people and let them know that we discovered two frogs fused together, but I’ve since learned that frog’s will not separate for up to 16 days when they are mating.  It would have been so much better if they were actually a two headed frog.  Buzzkill.

I also spent some time perusing the internets.  And found two things that I really want.  Well, I found more then two things, but these two are blog worthy. (warning, one is slightly inappropriate.  Enjoy!)

Budda Buttah.

I want one of these for my kitchen.  I bet I would laugh everytime I went to get butter.  Actually, now that I think about it, maybe I wouldn’t use as much butter if I saw this everytime…

And I’ll leave you with this for tonight… If you find these… please buy them for me and I will be one happy camper (pun intended). 

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Hang In There

1. My legs are SORE.  Between my new leg lift the other day, hill sprints and a walk with my mom last night and some cardio today my bootay is burnin’!  aaand I’m doing legs tomorrow too, this will be interesting…

Hello foam roller, you are my frienemy.

2. I’m getting together a Foodie Pen Pals box to send out in the mail to Miriam over at Bellaspire.  For those of you that are not familiar with what a Foodie Pen Pal is, I suggest heading over to The Lean Green Bean and taking a look!  I’m pretty darn pumped to receive mine in the mail, but more on that later!

3. I’m ready for my boyfriend to come home.  I haven’t seen him since Friday and I am more then ready to tackle that boy when I see him.  I realized last night as I was laying in bed how much I just wanted to be next to him and hang out.  Dear marco, anytime you want to skip out on your vacation and come home works for me! Thank you.

4. Courtney from Young, Fabulous, and Broke in NYC tweeted this photo earlier today, and for whatever reason it stuck with me.  I have no idea where she found it / took it and I’ve never lived in a big city before but I really liked it, enough to take a screen shot and share it all with you.

5.. I know that I have really been looking forward to a week off for a long time, but I am getting kind of bored… I have a feeling I am going to regret saying that later.

6.  I’ve been going to the gym at a different time this week and it’s funny how the different the people are from one hour compared to the next.

7.  Only 2 more class nights, an evaluation and two tests until I am officially an official (hehe) for field hockey.  It was so great to get a stick in my hand today and move a little.

8.  I only got one good picture today, but I told you that my cat can be such a creeper!

I see you.

9. Is anyone else as interested in those long dresses as I am?  I purchased one already.. and there are two more that I have my eye on…

10. A while back I was asked to take new born photos for my best friend’s sister.  Well baby Gracie was born and she’s ready to get her glam on!  Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for poses or websites to get some good ideas?  let me know!  If it’s okay with Gracie’s momma (who reads this blog – hi Gracie’s mom!! 😉 thank you for reading my blog in the wee hours of the morning!) I may post a picture or two!


Question of the day – Have you ever seen a photo or a quote that has just stuck with you?  I like simple quotes like let it be, this too shall pass, head up finish strong, and sometimes two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together.  <– very true for a certain past aspect of my life.

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