An Adventure in Michigan

Category : Family

My dear sweet husband has been anxiously awaiting this day.  A place that has so many fond memories for him, that when the actual date has been selected, the days have been taken off of work, a place he can’t wait to build memories with our girls, turns him into a little kid who can’t sleep the night before because it’s Christmas morning!  So what is this magical place, you ask?  A place that truly is a lot of fun (when you go during the week, NOT on the weekend) for just about anyone.  The Disney World of Michigan…..  Michigan’s Adventure of course!  Sing it with me “2 parks for the price of 1!  Fun! Fun!”  So they’ve changed the jingle in the last couple years but being an Michigander for just 11 years now, but I remember it.  With one entry fee, you can ride roller coasters, see the park from the top of the ferris wheel, have someone guess your weight (who does that OR really wants that job, I will never know) and with all that, you also can flit around their quite large waterpark complete with wave pools, water slides, lazy river (which Izzy refused to take part in) and the wonderful kiddie pools.

As I get older, my wimpiness for roller coasters starts to show is ugly head again.  I say again, as I didn’t start out loving roller coasters either.  Ask my Uncle Wayne about my 8th Grade Graduation gift to Six Flags.  Oye.  Then after that, I started to love them, could handle most of them, but now back again is the stomach in my throat feeling that I can’t shake on a lot of those drop rides.  Nope.  I’m good.  Anywho, we hit up some rides for the girls like the train ride through the weeds on the back 40 and the ferris wheel to oversee the park.  Anna was about 1″ too short to go on other rides with one of us, so we hit up most of the kiddie rides she could go on.  With her crazy, intense fear of small 5+ pound dogs, this girls LOVES rides.  She was bummed that she couldn’t go on some of them but really enjoyed the boats, fire truck (Izzy actually like this one too!) and the whale (that I squeezed into just for the fun of it, oye).  Izzy on the other hand, would rather hold on to my neck for dear life than go on rides.  Gary, Sheila and Missy got their fix on their old favorites and we all hit up a new one that had a ton of cork screws and upside-down-ness.  I lived.  :)

Then we entered the waterpark.  Not only does Anna love rides, she loves the water.  I thought on one of her first visits to Lake Michigan that she wouldn’t care for the water much.  Think small child being swallowed up by small waves and running for the hills.  But we’ve been proven wrong and we couldn’t keep her out of the water.  The little kiddie area we parked in had a pool that she could walk from each end to, a small slide that she did over and over again and a little tunnel she screamed in one too many times.  :)   Izzy took just a few minutes to start to enjoy.  I didn’t think she would at all, but she had a blast.  As soon as she got her barrings, she didn’t want anyone holding to her.  You know how this ends, over and over again.  She also braved the side a few times, but being submerged wasn’t her thing so she stayed on the edges climbing in an out of the pool.  She finally took a nap around 3 and Anna refused to stop for a nap, but overall they both did great and enjoyed themselves a lot.

Gary, Sheila, Missy and I took turns watching the girls while the other 2 hit up slides and the crazy Funnel of Fear (yeah, it’s scary – I closed my eyes for half of it).  We all had a really great time, slathering on sun screen, relaxing in the shade, enjoying each others company, reliving and making memories throughout the day.  If you ever get a chance while you visiting Muskegon….ahem…. it’ll be a lot of fun in the sun and well worth it!

Yes, we have a 2nd child

Category : Family

Our walls have been adorned with the sweet pictures of our family of 3.  Well as you should all know, we have 2 kids.  So I decided it was time we had a Tidd Family photo shoot this spring.  I’m an avid blog reader and have added a few local photographers and event planners (I have a thing for wedding details, photos, invites, etc) to my Google Reader to check out their posts and phenomenal photos.  I had seen Amy Carroll’s name on a few different blogs and events so I checked out her site.  I loved her style, the vividness to her pictures, the way she captured the moment candidly and not forced.  She seemed like a perfect fit for us, so I went for it and emailed her to see if she’s be interested in doing a family photo shoot for us.  Of course, she said yes and wanted to know more about our family.  After a few emails back and forth, a date set, we settled on a more urban landscape.  We like everything from the beach to the farm to the downtown life and we just felt that fit us.

We ended up purchasing the disc of all the touched up images Amy took so we can use them in all different ways.  I had lots of plans.  :)   One, being to change out our family of 3 canvas wraps for the wall in the living room.

The 2nd big change is a 3 dimensional collage that Gary and I collaborated on from ideas we’ve seen online and in person.  I got 9 various sized mounts printed so we can arrange them on the wall at the top of our stairs on the 2nd floor.  Hopefully those will go up this weekend!  Complete with pictures of course.  :)

The rest will come as they may filling frames, on desks, as desktop backgrounds and in the hands of those we love.

The shoot itself it was awesome!  We met Amy at her studio in downtown GR, just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city.  She took us right out her own backdoor to an industrial alley filled with colorful brick buildings and lots of interesting locations for photos and curiosity.  Amy was patient with the girls and made us all feel like friends from the moment we met her.  She’s truly in a job she was meant to be in!

We couldn’t be happier with our photos as they captured us as us and would highly recommend Amy to shoot your wedding or your family photos!

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