Before we ever even left home, I had told the kids: Kids, here's the deal. When we go to Boyne and IF dad comes too, we are only there for three days. And mom and dad are tired. Therefore we shall be lazy (lay by the pool) on the first day and lazy on the last day (lay by the pool again) - but we'll do something interesting on Wednesday. If you remember - Greg only had three days off in July (one of them while out of town) then he started working 12 hour shifts in Toledo with an hour and a half commute, then he got switched to midnights for two weeks, and THEN he ended up going to Chicago to work for the weekend just before going to Boyne. I was very firm about the two lazy days.
But on Tuesday - the first lazy day - it was cold and raining.
My kids would be perfectly content to sit in front of one of the three tv's (probably one kid per tv) that we had in our unit, but that's just the sort of thing that makes me climb the walls.
So we ventured out. It was just a twenty minute drive in to Gaylord and the Call of the Wild Museum. Yet another thing we hadn't done since Allan was little.
It was the ideal rainy day activity.
The kids watched a movie there anyway, while Greg and I sat in the back and made out. I'M KIDDING. (maybe)
There were three different levels of scavenger hunts to choose from - and each of the kids chose a different one. It was a fun addition to the adventure. They each enjoying hunting for their items. There was one item on Wendy's list (the bobwhites) that her and several other visitors were stumped on which had them all wandering about while asking, did YOU find it yet? No. Did you??? WHERE are they??
They finally got a hint from the cashier at the entrance. I'm not telling.
And probably one of my favorite photos from our vacation.
I had bought a small treasure for Brian which was something he needed and I knew he would like, and Wendy had asked for a necklace at the Eagle Harbor Art Fair - so I purchased that saying I would get something for each of them but that I had already gotten Brian's and it was a surprise, and that none of them would actually 'get' their gifts until I had gotten something for all three of them. I let Mark work on choosing what he wanted.
Much to Brian's frustration and multiple suggestions at three day's worth of stores along the way - Mark held out until he was sure he found something that he wanted, and not something that his brother wanted him to want. If you know Mark, this is a huge thing for him because Mark tends to be a pleaser and will do many things just to make others happy while quietly sucking it up.
He chose a bag of rocks from this gift shop, and he chose each rock very specifically and carefully until his bag was tightly loaded.
A good day.