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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..

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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.

 

thankyouverymuch.

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

ouchie.

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!

 

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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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a welcome back

Well hi there! I am currently en route to MICHIGAN!!!! Probably my favorite trip that I look forward to each year!  For the past couple of years (minus last year) I have been joining Marc and his mom and dad to head up north to Marc’s aunt and uncle cottage on Elk Lake.   For those of you who don’t know the area, it’s close to Traverse City and Lake Michigan.  It is by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

This vacation could not have come at a better time.  I’ve been super busy at work – as many of you have pointed out to me that my blog posts were slacking – sorry!  I’m really looking forward to days that involve morning workouts, family games, great food, epic tubing crashes, crystal clear Caribbean blue water, family (technically not my family but it sure as heck feels like it), water sports, my slr camera, sunshine and reading my books.  Wish you all were here!  Don’t worry – I’ll be sharing pictures during the week!  If you are interested, you can take a sneak peak at past posts from my old blog – whoa what a throw back!

I’ve even got a few surprises in store for this week.  Not only for up north, but for the blog too!  I’ll be in sporadically to post pictures, write updates and to say hi… but I’ve also got a few friends stopping by!  I hope you enjoy this week as much as I do.  It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful 4th of July 🙂

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50 Day Challenge

So I have some great news… I am going to michigan again with Marc’s family!!! This will be my 4th time going, unfortunately last year I wasn’t able to make it due to work 😦 Which is why I am all the more excited!

so so so excited! I cannot wait to swim, water ski, extreme tube (yes .. EXTREME .. I kid you not .. see above), wake surf, wake board, do a puzzle, read books, kayak, napping in a hammock, take a million pictures, running around for miles, get a (safe) tan, eat great food, go into town, bet on mini golf, omgosh seriously so many things I am looking forward to. SO MANY THINGS. oh… and I have to be in a bikini ;

I met with my friend Kate the other day to go for a run and we both have decided that we need to make a change. We are both doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFit program so what we really need to do is buckle down on what we eat. ; This girl loves her food. We brainstormed a few things and came up with the 50 day challenge.

Not only are Kate and I going to do it, but so is my mom and possibly a few of my friends from college… I’ll let you know who else is doing it and how it is going for them… If you are interested give it a go!

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50 DAY CHALLENGE

Starts May 10th and ends June 29th (my departure date/Kate’s family event).

Take $50 ($1 bills) out of your bank account and create 2 ‘jars’ – one labeled donate and one labeled splurge. At the end of every day you will either put your dollar in the donate jar or the splurge jar. At the end of the 50 days, whatever money you have in your splurge jar is yours to do with as you please! (lottery tickets, a new bikini, nail polish, etc.) Whatever money is in your donate jar you must donate (church collection box, cancer research, SPCA, etc.).

Grab a buddy and do this together! For each walk/run you do with your buddy (aim for 1 a week) take a dollar out of the donate jar and put it into splurge. As Kate said, these ‘support session” walks will be vital!

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Daily Check List

□ 70 oz. of water

□ no more than 10g of sugar/serving (fruit, daily piece of dark chocolate and weekly guilt free dessert do not count) (edited to add – it is not a 10g limit per day. It is 10g per food item!)

□ 7+ hours of sleep at least 6 nights a week

□ 4+ servings of vegetables

□ write down one thing you love about your body

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Other suggestions…

– Park in the furthest parking spot

– Stairs over the elevator/escalator

– Walk instead of calling a coworker

– Go for one walk a day – distance and time don’t matter

– On food days at work pick the healthiest option of bring something healthy to share.

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Challenge accepted.

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