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Lake Life | Michigan Travel Diary

We are (finally!) back in our groove after taking a two-week trip to Michigan this month. What a crazy magical time to indulge in some lake life with our Evan Grey. It marked the first time I brought our boy to my hometown in Holland. He traveled like a champ and didn’t have a total breakdown on the flight, which I consider a major WIN.

In those two weeks on the lake, my heart channeled my childhood. Little Ev reminded me of all the dreams I used to dream growing up. On my first morning there, I took Evan out to the back deck and watched him fall asleep to the sound of Lake Michigan. I cried (a few times), because I remember dreaming of such a moment as a kid myself. And there I was, with this beautiful boy listening to the water that raised me. I felt infinitely grateful.

Lake life took us out of the city and calmed our busy schedules. It also reminded me of the beauty in living like a kid again. This trip felt especially magical because I looked at everything through Evan’s eyes โ€” as though I had never experienced it before. I spent some alone time on the water, to let it all settle in.

Here are some of my favorite snapshots from the trip…

Michigan travel diary, Pure Michigan, Lake Michigan, Holland, summer break, summer vacation, summer sunset, paddle boarding, lake life, travel

Michigan travel diary, Pure Michigan, Lake Michigan, Holland, summer break, summer vacation, summer sunset, paddle boarding, lake life, travel, Lauren Gores Ireland

Ev + his Gigi (aka GRAMS!)

Michigan travel diary, Pure Michigan, Lake Michigan, Holland, summer break, summer vacation, summer sunset, paddle boarding, lake life, travel

Michigan travel diary, Pure Michigan, Lake Michigan, Holland, summer break, summer vacation, summer sunset, paddle boarding, lake life, travel, Lauren Gores Ireland

Michigan travel diary, Pure Michigan, Lake Michigan, Holland, summer break, summer vacation, summer sunset, paddle boarding, lake life, travel, Lauren Gores Ireland

Michigan travel diary, Pure Michigan, Lake Michigan, Holland, summer break, summer vacation, summer sunset, paddle boarding, lake life, travel

Michigan travel diary, Pure Michigan, Lake Michigan, Holland, summer break, summer vacation, summer sunset, paddle boarding, lake life, travel, Lauren Gores Ireland