We had a great vacation to Union Pier, MI this August. It was less than 1.5 hours away and just wonderful. We had a perfect little house a quick walk from the beach. The sand was soft and clean. The water was clear. The surf was perfect for the kids.
One day we went fruit picking...grapes. A couple times we went to a local part with a nice splash pad. Lobsters arrived on the last day. Kate was initially appalled and terrified of them. She accused them of being slimy. But, after Leah had a few bites, she did too. And we had some other nice homecooked fare too. When it rained, we enjoyed Bingo with Kate, and Leah really got a kick out of a new toy house. It was a great trip. Much play doh.
School starts in about a week and there are a flurry of back-to-school activities coming up, including Kate's birthday. She's been taking about her 4th birthday, oh, for about 11 months now. No pressure!
Finally, a quick quote from Kate: "I'm not being bossy. I'm just telling you appropriate choices you can make."