Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Birthday Trip

I was painting this morning and getting frustrated so I thought I would walk away for a bit and come and tell you about our weekend, or at least our Saturday.
The 18th was my daughters 14th birthday. Where does the time go?!
She wanted to go up to Glen Lake for the day with her BFF and since it doesn't take much for me to say yes to going there, I was happy to grant her birthday wish.
So my daughter, her BFF and her mom, which is also my friend, climbed in the Jeep and off we went!

It was a cloudy day and around 55-60 degrees, not too bad.  It is about a 2 1/2-3 hour trip but beautiful all the way up.
We stopped at a lighthouse in  Benzie County called Point Betsie. It is the oldest standing structure in that county and was built in 1858.  
As of today it is managed by a group of volunteers that make sure that this beautiful historic lighthouse is kept up and cared for.

After our stop there we made it to Glen Lake and had some lunch and then ventured off to a few beaches along Lake Michigan where the girls looked for treasures in the shore.
(my daughter is in the blue sweatshirt)

We then made our way up to Leeland.
It was really cold there so we didn't stay too long.

We even stopped to photograph a local. :)

All in all the trip was fun and the girls and myself and my friend enjoyed getting away for the day.
I can't wait until the summer when I can go park my buns on the dock there and just relax in the sun by the water. :)

Have a wonderful week!!



Val said...

Beautiful in every way....It has a magical feel.

Tricia said...

That sounds like a nice, relaxing's the kind of thing I'd want to do for my birthday too. Your pictures look beautiful, Michelle :)

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I'd love to walk along the beach there - what kind of treasures did you find?

Simple Daisy said...

So very beautiful!!! I just love the Lake Michigan coast line! And your photographs are just lovely:)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh it looks so beautiful there! sounds like a fabulous day.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter. This looks like the perfect way to spend a day.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

the light house shots are just gorgeous!! Looks like good times.

Brandi said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! Looks like you guys had a beautiful time!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Did you move to the North West?? Honestly, that beautiful shoreline could be in OR or WA. Love the lighthouse, quite an impressive structure. I would volunteer for something like that, haha.

Mrs. Sutton said...

That is the most breathtaking lighthouse and coastal walk. It looks like something out of a film set it's so perfect! Looks like you had a spectacular time and Happy Birthday to you daughter! So glad i found your blog!

Low Tide High Style said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your lovely daughter. And I can see she is so much like her beautiful mom when her birthday wish is to be along the shores of Glen Lake! Beautiful images!


Robin said...

Sounds like you all had a great time. Much better than sitting inside getting frustrated.

Gorgeous photos, I love the native - adorable.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in the midwest but never made it up to your area. Gosh, it's gorgeous there! Love this post.

Patti's Artful Design said...

Hi good to hear from you:) Thank you for those kind my doxies:) Happy B to your daughter too:) I love lighthouses, and Point Betsie is a stunner! Lovely photographs...enjoy the rest of your week and beyond:)

NanaDiana said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! Another milestone in her life. I love all the pictures of the shore and lighthouse. I see a couple of paintings in those photos! xo Diana

Desire Empire said...

A beautiful birthday wish granted. With the music playing and your shots this was a lovely looely post. I love the shot of the little bambi.

It looks cold.... but cold is good when you are out amongst it.


Rayanne said...

The Lighthouse is beautiful! Oh and all your photos are lovely.
Please tell your daughter happy birthday for me and enjoy her day.
Blessings friend.

Deborah said...

Oh Im so glad you had such a wonderful day!
The lighthouse is lovely!
So glad all you girls got to visit Glen Lake together!
In a few short months, it'll be warm with sunshine all over...just the way you love it so!

Deborah xoxoxoox

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening my dear one,

I am still so impressed that this is NOT the ocean!! You are so fortunate to be so close to a large body of water that makes one feel they are on the coast of Maine. LOVELY.


Anonymous said...

Such a pretty lighthouse and you captued it beautifully, Michelle! My son turned 14 in February ~ it is unbelievable how fast it all goes. Good to hear you BIL is doing better, he sounds like a very special person!

Heaven's Walk said...

There is something oh so very romantic about lighthouses, sis. Your photos are just beautiful! You should try painting some of them! :) Sending your grown up munchkin a belated birthday hug! ♥

xoxo laurie

koralee said...

So much fun...I love lighthouses...what a lovely day for your birthday girl. xoxo

Darleen Hope said...

Thanks :)

Hey, this sounds like an amazing day! ;)

becky said...

Lovely lighthouse.

I loved your expression, "park my buns on the dock"...your wish will soon be granted :)

Anonymous said...

So beautiful. Happy Belated Birthday to your sweet daughter.
I wish I could do what she was doing! Collect treasures by the beach.

Im glad you are back and everything's back to normal. If i meet you someday, I will buy one of your photographs. Loved them :)



Hello Michelle,
J'ai été initié au blog par une artiste Américaine se prénommant Michelle. Jamais je n'en avais croisé une autre portant ce prénom et habitant aux States. Ce hasard me fait d'autant plus plaisir que ton travail de photographe me plait beaucoup. J'ai adoré ce reportage sur le phare qui, il est vrai, est une merveille.
Je continuerai donc à venir ici pour toutes ces raisons.
Belle journée,


michele said...

fabulous! this is the sort of birthday memory that will stick with her for a lifetime. not a small thing!

best to you, gorgeous.


Burlap Luxe said...

Happy Birthday little one :)
And Michelle you can throw me a birthday just like this and can I bring a friend tooooooo???
I name you as my friend :)

I have had this attachment to lighthouses and would you not love to live in one, I know I sure would!

Thank you sweet friend for your beautiful visit and your dear words in your comment left is tucked away in my heart.

Take your time when you paint, don't be affraid to listen to the piece letting it tell you what it wants to be. Paint as if it is painting it self knowing that there are no mistakes in creating euro-beach chic-cottage-and French it all works and sometimes are biggest mistakes are our mater pieces, in my many years of creating I have done just that and end up with my best work. So sit back let the piece tell you what it wants to be painted in and rough it up a bit in the end you will have created beauty.



Have a beautiful weekend.

Sally Lee by the Sea, LLC said...

What beautiful photos, Michelle. I can see why you love the area - it's gorgeous.

Hope you have a good weekend.


Comeca Jones said...

Oh Michelle could that lighthouse be any more beautiful!!! I love the photos!

Sylvia said...

Happy Birthday to your precious Girl who is not so little anymore and I am sure she will grow up even more to be an wonderful person . It was the perfect way to celebrate her day and the photos have captured the purity of the experience .

Calypso In The Country said...

So pretty - love the lighthouse. I hope you all enjoyed the birthday celebration!

Martina said...

So pretty these photos - the windy spring atmosphere! Would love a walk there now! Enjoy your weekend Michelle!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Gorgeous photos! Happy Birthday to your princess!

Tania Maree said...

How beautiful is this?
The photos are lovely......
I can't believe people actually get to live there! What a lovely escape for you......
Tania xx

Debbie said...

Wonderful pictures, from a wonderful trip.
At first, that deer looked like a kangaroo!!!
Have a great week!


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