Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Tam at The Gypsy's Corner is our hostess for Three or More Tuesday. After you have had a chance to see my contribution, jog over to her website, see what she has today, (I've been there already, you will love what she has!) and then pay a visit to all of the girls participating today! I am sharing some pictures from our lake house in Michigan. We have had this year round home for almost eighteen years. It is a 2 hour drive from Chicago. Our kids were very young when we bought the house and they grew up there, summer after summer (and these are all summer pictures) and of course winters, when we would ice skate, toboggan, snowmobile & ski. But today I have summer pictures that span many years. Above you will see "the harbor" and our beach. This looks to be the second summer we were there as our boats are looking rather on the "new" side. Last year we traded both of them in for a new deck boat which I will show you this summer.
Now, to have a beach you must have sand. Every summer we have a truck load delivered. Looks like fun 'eh? Well the real fun begins when we start shoveling it into the water, going back to about that rope. That way we have a sandy bottom instead of muck. Hard work but once it's done we have a great beach for building sand castles and frolicking in the water. Below you can see the "delivery".

Ahhhh, can you see? Abby & Milo are already having fun. Or maybe is trying to be the Dog Whisperer. Milo is not a fan of the water.

This is a very cool swing that Emily & Milo are on. If you can tell by the picture, the ground starts to slope down, even further out than you can see. When you swing, the ground slips away and you almost feel like you are flying. Blondie loves this swing as well! I'm probably off somewhere sulking that Emily made me get off.

Below is little Abby, not long after we moved up. She is only nine months old and not walking yet. But look at that precious smile. Wouldn't you be smiling in this paradise? Okay, I love the lake!

Our little Captain Abby, maybe a year later. A little sun burned but none worse for the wear. See, still smiling!! :-)

Now we have some friends visiting. We have learned one thing about the lake. It is always sunny and warm until we have guests! These are our "fishing" friends. For years and years we all spent Memorial Day up at Big Green Lake in northern Wisconsin on our annual fishing trip. We experienced a lot of bad weather there. Somehow I think they didn't expect it in Michigan.

Oh well, what can you do?

Well, you can start to prepare dinner, as Jill is doing. She looks like a happy camper (and she really always is. You will never meet anyone nicer!).

And, you can always break out into a dance! Here are Jill & Linda dancing to Madonna's song Vogue. The kitchen at the time had the only hardwood floor in the house, so it became the official dance floor. In this case, we needed a rain dance!

And others deal with the bad weather by breaking out into a pillow fight!

Finally, sunny skies. Alas, I took black and white pictures! This is Emily & Abby I would say they were about four and one years old. Typically, Emily is trying to wake Abby up from a drowsy little nap on the boat!

The Husband and Abby in the Captain's seat. Where are those sunny skies?

Here we go. Donna, Blondie & Sue. How do you like my hair? I look like a cockatoo!

Here is a nice group on the pontoon. This was our luxury cruiser. We could fit a ton of people on it as well as a few dogs, a grill, several coolers and a lot of beer. Hey~you have to stay hydrated!

So here we are, The Husband & Blondie alone at last, him relaxing with a cigar and me with a good book. The hand problem was the result of stuffing a dishcloth into a glass to dry it. Luckily, we have a lot of medical help on the lake. My good friend Steve is a dentist that lives down the road, so Blondie just walked on over and he stitched the hand up like any good dentist would do. He even had Novocaine! Let's call it a day, shall we?

Thank you for visiting on Three or More Tuesday (three hundred or more quite possibly!). I hope I am following the rules! In any event, SAIL ON!!!


SmilingSally said...

What a nice place; I love those picture windows.

susan said...

My kids could water ski almost as soon as they could walk and our lake memories are some of our best. We never thought to get a load of sand!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love your lake place, Janie! Good times in those pictures, but ouch about your poor hand! I used to water ski as a youngster and lived on the water in the summer. My aunt and uncle had a cabin on a lake, and we always loved swimming and fishing and skiing and having pillow fights and playing board games when it rained or at night. There wasn't a phone either! They went there to totally escape, and it was so much fun.

My dad bought a lightweight fishing boat for us to play in and hooked it up with a motor that was battery run. LOL! It was like a cake mixer. ;-) As we got older, the demand for fancy ski boats took over, and I ceased spending time at the cabin and opted for the bigger marina and reservoir where the ski boat was housed. But there is nothing like those summer memories! So glad you have such a great escape!


Sheila :-)

Are you familiar with Bay View? When my father was a tot in the early 1900's, his family would spend their summers there. I've got some wonderful photographs taken it Petosky at a studio there. :-)

The Berry's Patch said...

Oh I want a lake house and a boat. And some really nice friends to go fishing with. Can I borrow yours?

Anonymous said...

It looks like a lot of fun - except for the hand injury :)

When I hit the mega-millions in the lottery I'm buying a lake house. I guess it would help if I bought a ticket now and then.


Bo said...

Thanks for sharing your lake home with us...now we'll know how wonderful it is when you post different things about it! ;-) Bo

April said...

All I need to know is...am I invited the next time? LOL! Wow...you guys know how to have some fun in the sun! I love spending time at the lake. My mother-in-law lives on a lake in South Carolina and it's so beautiful there! Thanks for sharing, Janie!

Ms. Tee said...

I'm sooo with you -I love summer and the beach! That is neat that you had someone around to stitch up your hand, and you didn't have to leave. :) All your pictures are so much fun - thank you for sharing them! {{hugs}}

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I grew up on a lake in Michigan and your pictures brought back wonderful memories. Thanks!

xinex said...

Oh what fun, Janie! It is so nice too that your house on the lake is only 2 hrs away so you can practically go there every weekend.It's looks like a fun and relaxing place to go...Christine

Linda C said...

This makes me long for when we use to vacation in northern Wisconsin (we live in south central Wis.) at a cabin with our 6 kids. Sooo much fun!

You have a lovely second home! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Happy 3OMT!

Linda C

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Janie,
Oh looks so fun and nice. Wishing for that kind of weather. Love the cute pics of you and your kids. Cindy

Lorrie said...

What wonderful times and wonderful memories you've created at your lake house. How fortunate you are to have had your children grow up there. It looks so comfortable and homey!

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Oh how I wish we would have a summer house at the lake. Great Three Or More post - thank you for sharing all of the wonderful memories and pictures.
Have a great evening,

Cass @ That Old House said...

What wonderful memories you have given your children! My family had a beach house on Long Island -- it was magical -- we spent the entire summer there when I was a kid.

Your lake place also looks magical, and you can see the fun you have had there, just radiate from the pictures. Great post!

The Muse said...

yikes about your hand...!
and ooooo over the fun time and water and sun!

Sure need some of that here!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How much fun!! I love the back...or is it the front...of the house...all those beautiful windows with a lake view!!!! What a place to have your morning coffee!...Debbie

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

What a fun place you have Blondie and I can see why you love it...I would too..do you want a house guest I got my bag all packed and ready to go girl!! thanks for sharing your fun place...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kat said...

What a beautiful place. I just love the water, and it looks like you have all made some wonderful memories there over the years! Kathy

Unknown said...

What a fun, great vacation spot you have for your family and friends. I bet a lot of wonderful memories were and still are made there.Have very lucky you are!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Janie,
thanks for the nice comments. How is the weather in Chicago? It's crappy here. Hope you have a good week. Cindy

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh sweetie, thanks for swinging in and the words of encouragement.. that's what I do.. one step in front of the other..I love the the feeling of calm I get from all your pictures and the feeling of family.. what a great time you all must have together...
hugs ~lynne~

Monica said...

A lakeside villa would be perfect for me!! But I must confess my REAL dream is about a MANOR by the Ocean!!!!!;)))))
Wonderful memories- what could we do without photographs??

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Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

What a great place for the family to gather. You look like you're having a really good time. Love the picture of you and your hubby!!
Hugs, Terrie

2 Dogs said...

How fun is that to have a place to go too. Love your pics.

Beth at Aunties said...

What a super fun summer home with lots of toys to play with. I bet your daughters have loved having their own beach and summer house! Such wonderful memories they will always have.
You hair reminds me of how I wore mine for over 30 years I was a bleached blond. My kids never knew my natural color and now my grandkids do not know me as a blond.
Loved your fun post. During this Summer it will be fun to see your pictures!


Helen said...

With the exception of your injured hand ... this looks like the perfect getaway! Twenty-four years living in MN, many wonderful trips to Lake of the Ozarks .. water vacations are the best.

Monica said...

So glad you liked my pink post (and sale!). Thanks for your nice words!

Unknown said...

What a good time! It looks like everyone had fun!


Unknown said...

What a wonderful place to enjoy your family. Bet lots of wonderful memories are made here!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Hey, both of my sisters were in the windy city to day. They went clothes shopping. Anf of course shopping for shoes. One of my sisters took the train back home a couple of hours ago. They other sister stayed for a workshop. She's the mid-wife. She says it's started snowing. I hope you don't get as much as we have. I am so jealous. I want to go shopping in Chicago. Especially for shoes. I used to manage shoe stores. I was offered a job on States St. That was in the late 80's. I didn't accept the position. States Street scared me at the time. My family lives about 3 1/2 hours away from there. I am rambling!! LOL
Hugs, Terrie

Anonymous said...

Oh, this looks like you had a ball! I can't swim, but I can wear a life jacket! Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;0

Anonymous said...

To answer your question about Ross! Yes, I think they may be owned by the same company. Usually when I see a Ross store there's a Marshalls right next door or a TJMaxx!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

bj said...

Just wanted to say thanks for coming by today...
All these photos look like ya'll had an absolute blast!!
Hugs, bj

Domestic Designer said...

What a great place! I want to go too! Nothing like a place at the lake. Have a great day!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

You have such a lovely place to go and enjoy!! I enjoyed all of your pictures and stories of your times there.

Take care of that hand!!