Fridays (Saturday) with Fin :: Family "Vacation"

Sorry about getting this out a day late {and hopefully not a dollar short}. We had some internet probs yesterday. So, here's what I had planned on saying yesterday!

Our family was away all last week on a family vacation to Washington Island, in Door County, Wisconsin. B.e.a.utiful. We stayed in a cottage on the water….
 This was our first vacay with the kids. It was… well, a new experience. A good one, a hard one, a fun one and, did I mention, a hard one! ;P Let me get out some of my crabby negatives before showing off the good stuff…
 First, I realized that I'm addicted to a little thing known as the world wide web. And honestly, I'm not as addicted as some of you crazies out there, but being on a {fairly} remote island, with limited access to internet, made me feel like a crack addict going through withdrawal. I was straight up going to the local library and quaint coffee shop just to get my fix! Let's just say, there was lots of scrabble and reading going on! {Which I truly consider a good thing, but I literally had to force myself to take a breath and enjoy those activities! {sad.}
 And second, Matthew and I had to continually remind each other, this is not our honeymoon, walking hand in hand on the beach, laying out in the sun or going to a restaurant to enjoy a glass of wine… those days are GONE. SO, once we got over our old idea of what a vacation was, we learned to embrace our time on beautiful Washington Island {as you can see my hubby so excitedly showing off some of the local "sights" of the island!}
There is one beach on the island that we fell in love with. You'd have thought we were in the Ocean. It was so clear and clean! We visited "School House Beach" every day…
 Fin and Daddy enjoyed throwing rocks, while mama and Navy enjoyed snoozing on the beach. Fin could throw rocks literally {Why yes, that is a beach full of rocks… a definite attraction to the island! Check out more about it here!}
To get to the island, we took a car ferry. This was, of course, a highlight of Fin's trip! Kid loves his transportation devices.
And Navy, my sweet Navy Rose. This girl is the worlds chillest baby. {Gasp, dare I say it out loud, for fear that I may jinx it!?}. First, she falls asleep anywhere, anytime, no fuss… {with Fin, he needed his darkening shades closed, fan and sound machine on and six nukies in his grip in order to think about sleeping!}
Second, the little lady goes with the flow… She just hung out in the bjorn the entire time, sweating like a wildabeast, with a bubbly smile on her face!
 Speaking of bubbles…
And just to drive home her second-wonderchildness, she rolled over for the first time on our trip! Just like, "okay, guys, I'd really like to be on my belly now so I'm just going to roll on over, 'cause you're all paying attention to the-one-and-only-Fin, so I better just figure out how to do it" And that was it. {Again, with the Finster, soo first child, I believe there were roll-over "sessions" with him to motivate some, any, movement! ha!}
 Navy was such a rockstar on our trip that even the locals started paying attention… Check out the soup of the day!
Along with countless hours spent at the beach, and scrabble tourneys, we enjoyed ourselves a lot of "deer hunting" {driving around pointing out deer to Fin}, the beautiful farm animals all around us, a ferry ride to another close island, way-too-much ice cream, bike rides {for the boys}, the "Cherry Train Tour", and lots and lots of special "just-us" time!
Memories that we'll never forget! {Yes, even now that we can laugh at the thought of me frantically going to the local library just to get my instagram fix!}
When we got home {oh, there is NO place like home, is there!?} we found that our home garden had "popped"! Fin and daddy are always hard at work out in the garden…
 Here are my boys tapping into the season's first big success… the tomatoes! {yes, Fin is wearing a "Marlboro" hat... it was a thrift shop find from Grandpa Joe!}
 Well, now we're back up to date after taking a few weeks off again! ;P Have a great weekend!


  1. LOVE all the pics! The house you stayed in looks incredible!!! And I know what you're saying about the adjustment to a kid vacation, but once you accept the difference, they sure are a lot of fun! Love that gorgeous boy and baby girl of yours. Looks like you guys made some awesome memories!!!!

  2. You never seize to amaze me with your adventures. Could your family be any cuter! I can't wait to hear about the trip in person soon. I miss you like crazy!

    Love u

  3. So sweet! Looks like you had a great time and good for you to brave a vaca with a babe & toddler..I can only imagine :) But what sweet memories (and photos!)

  4. What a neat vacation! I love that you did it just the four of you. And those tomatoes are inspiring me to try something at our place next year. Bravo!