Last weekend some college girlfriends and our families rented a house in Saugatuck, Michigan. The house was situated on an absolutely picture perfect gorgeous stretch of Lake Michigan. It had a huge front hard where the kids could play, an enormous screen porch, a tennis court, a fire stove where we roasted marshmallows and a big window looking out to the lake where we watched the sunset. And, as Sarah said, it was like discovering the best dive bar in town. It was totally outdated and crazily decorated, but it was the perfect spot to not have to worry about stairs and fancy stuff for our kids to break.
We let the kids play and run on the beach, went for adventure walks, played in the yard, played with playdough and stickers, had dance parties abound, played kiddie pictionary, colored and loved on each others kids. During Saturday naps, Mika, Sarah and I left the boys in charge (read: they all napped) and we hit the tennis court for a private lesson from Sarah. When we decided that I could never learn to perfect my backswing, we hit the beach for a long walk.
We all divided up making meals and ate together, eating like royalty. After the kids were asleep, the adults enjoyed drinks under cozy blankets in the screen porch were we relived college stories and laughed so hard.
We rounded our weekend out on Sunday as we headed into downtown Saugatuck to check out the shops, hit the playground and the ice cream shop.
At one point Tom asked if when we were in college we fantasized about one day packing our kids in the car and going on vacation together. None of us skipped a beat, because of course we did. We talked about it almost from the day that we met.
Dreams really do come true.