Monday, August 23, 2010

Bristol or Bust!

If you would have asked me what I thought of NASCAR a week ago I would probablly tell you I was pretty indifferent. I have watched more races than I care to say, but I also in that time learned alot about it and know there is more to it then "just driving in a circle". Would I say I have a passion for it? NO. Do I hate it? No, (only when it keeps my hubby too occupied when I need or would like his attention, hehe) there are some interesting things about it, but would never choose to turn it on myself.

THis past weekend, Brad and I and our good friends Mike and Em took a roadtrip down to Bristol, TN to watch a NASCAR race. Truthfully, I was looking forward to it as a trip with great friends with no kids...a break from the norm. I had no idea what to expect from the NASCAR portion of the getaway...

After lots of travel, a night in a WALMART parking lot, and laughs on the way down, we rounded a bend and saw this HUGE arena and a sea of campers and tents....I mean for MILES! All the houses in the area had sold patches of their lawns for tents, cars, and campers. People were parking and walking 5 miles just to get to the venue! It was BANANAS! Unlike anything i have ever seen! This alone would have been worth the trip for me! We got to our campsite and set up shop. We met some really cool people in the lots around us and everyone was very cool and friendly and unhillbillyish! HAHAHA! DUring the day we explored, shopped the vendors, and hung out by the trailer. At night it was racetime!!!!

There were two races we attended, the Nationwide (like the minor leaugeS) and the Sprint Cup (the Majors). We hiked up to our seats (21 stories worth of stairs!) and donned our scanners and microphones. The noise is so loud, you cant talk to eachother without them! You can listen to all the driver chatter and the announcers during the race on the scanner. The races are so much more exciting in person and its so easy to get caught up in it all, fan or no!

The whole weekend was awesome and I cant wait to go again...never thought I'd say that!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Magnus makes our weekend

So as I mentioned in my last post, while camping at the Hungry Horse, we got so spend some time getting to know one of the horses on the property. He was a beautiful black and white horse named Magnus. Dawn, Ranee, and Stephanie brought us our and let the girls help brush, ride and feed him. The just ate it up!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hungry Horse

Yep, this is my guy, in front of a camper... in the dirt no less! Any of you who know Brad would know that 2 years ago this would have been a pipe dream! This would not have been his idea of fun, but now just look at him, camping with a smile on his face! Love it!

He loves it too :) Really! no Joke! Not sure what changed it, but so thankful for it because we have had a great summer of camping goodness and lots of memories have been made!

A couple weekends ago, Brad and I took the girls camping at the Hungry Horse in Dorr, Mi. This was our first camping trip with "just us" and our first time at Hungry Horse! The draw to this location was that it is very close to Brads shop and he was able to work while we were there. On Thursday, Sabrina went to work with Brad for half a day, she was so excited and had fun riding bikes and playing with her buddy Avery.

The time there was alot of fun. Our site was right next to one of three playgrounds which made life easier for me while Brad was at work :) We also were close to the pool where we spent much of our time in the mornings. There was a hay ride, lots of smores and an awesome night up close and personal with a beautiful horse, thanks to some friends (more about this in a later post).

The girls are smore freaks, Sabrina would begin asking at breakfast time about when we could have the smores!

Just hangin around!


At the end of the day, we'd bathe the girls (cuz let me tell you, they were filthy!) and have story time before bed. I just love seein my girlies snuggled up to my best guy! :) I'd like to say, after storytime and prayers the girls curl up in the bunks and drift off, but that is far from the truth....lets just say smores after dinner does not sleepy girls make! Lots of giggles and goofing off till the wee hours! It's all part of making memories, right?

Monday, August 9, 2010

snapshots of a night on the lake

A huge thanks to the geenens for being wonderful hosts!

Sunday, August 8, 2010


I really cant in words or pictures tell you how I felt about the time we spent at the Homestead near Glen Arbor. Our extended family has gone there at different times growing up and we have always made special memories, but our last trip there, 10 years ago was exceptional! We went there for some skiing, and I left that trip an engaged woman! Beyond Memorable to say the least!

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, and our family looks so different (add in two kiddos and two brothers), but the condo was the same! I kept having moments comparing those two trips and feel so blessed! It was great to have a long weekend full of activities and places to see but ultimately just enjoy eachothers company!