Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Vacation Recap: St. Ignace & Mackinac Island

Last Wednesday night, Kevin and I made the 4 hour drive up to St. Ignace, where we stayed until Sunday. We stayed in a cute hotel right on the lake, with a balcony and view of Mackinac Island. When I signed up for The Great Turtle Trail Run Half Marathon (long name) on Mackinac Island, we decided to make a little vacation out of it and head up a coupe of days early. It was the perfect get away. We relaxed, ate good food, played tourist, and I ran my first half marathon!

View from the balcony of our room. I could wake up to that every morning!

Our room even had a cute little fire place!
We slept in on Thursday morning and it felt amazing not waking up to an alarm! We got up, ate breakfast, then went for a run around downtown St. Ignace. After showering and getting ready, we walked around the little shops and bought a few things before heading to lunch. When we planned this trip, I knew we had to try a pastie while we were up north. Pasties are basically like pot pies, without the pot. I'd only heard of them, but never had one, so I was skeptical, but OMG it was sooo good! We went to Lehto's Pasties and we will definitely go back next time we are up north.

After stuffing our faces, we went to the casino, ate dinner, then headed to a little movie theater where we saw The Account (great movie, definitely recommend it).

Driving across the Mackinac Bridge on the way to the movie.

This picture doesn't even come close to showing it, but the fall colors were amazing every where we went.
Friday morning we slept in again (glorious) and then caught a ferry over to Mackinac Island. We again played tourist (even thought we've both been there before) and walked around all of the shops. We decided to take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the island, which we had never done before. I would definitely recommend doing that if you ever go to Mackinac Island. All of our random questions we had were answered, we learned a lot, and also got to see a lot of the island that we had never seen before.

View of the Mackinac Bridge from the island.

One of the many beautiful homes on the island. Kevin thought it was so weird that I took a picture of someone's house.

Our horses!

Took a little break on the carriage ride to let the horses rest. Beautiful views everywhere!

The carriage tour stopped at Arch Rock. One of my favorite places on the island.

Our horses Rosco (left) and Bill (right).
After the horse tour we went and picked up our race packets and then caught a ferry back to our hotel, where we relaxed for the rest of the night.

Saturday morning we were up early so we could catch a ferry to the island for our races! I ran the half marathon and Kevin did the 5.7 mile race. Even though I had been training, I was not prepared for all of the hills on this race. They were intense. And there were a lot of them. The first two miles and the last two miles were on the outside of the island, but the middle 9 miles were all run on trails through out the island. I didn't have a time goal for this, just to run the entire time, which I did, so I was happy. My time ended up being 2:30:17 (I could be off on the seconds...but it was 2 hours and 30 minutes). Kevin killed it in his race...he ran lot of hills too and his time was great! Just over 51 minutes.

Ready for our races! Don't let the sun fool you, it was only a high of 49 degrees that day!

Heading to the finish line. Dead tired lol

I did it! 13.1 miles!

This was the area where our run started and finished. Like said, beautiful everywhere!
We were exhausted and sore after the race, so we caught a ferry back to St. Ignace, grabbed some food, and then sat in the hot tub at the hotel for a little while before heading back to the room to pass out.

Sunday morning we packed up, headed home, picked up Admiral, and spent the rest of the day watching football and doing laundry. It was such a great mini-vacation. Kevin and I had a blast relaxing and enjoying our time together. I love that we were able to take this little trip together, especially have after a crazy busy summer. It was nice to just relax and enjoy our time together.

- Ericka

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


If you've been a blog reader or Instagram follower for a while, you know that I started a few years ago. I've done a lot of 5K races over the past few years, and last fall I finally beat my goal of running a 5K in under 30 minutes. I decided to come up with a new goal, so I ran my first 10K this Spring. I decided that I wanted to do more, so I signed up for a 10 mile race, which I completed in September. I'm kind of addicted. I never in my life imagined I could (or would even attempt to) run 10 miles. And I did it. And it honestly wasn't that bad. I'm not fast by any means, but I ran the whole time. 

I figured if I could train enough to run 10 miles, what's 3.1 more? So I got crazy and I signed up for a half-marathon. 13.1 miles. Who am I?!?

The race is this weekend on Mackinac Island. Kevin and I decided to make a mini-vacation out of it and are headed up early to spend a few days away. There's also a 5.7 mile race happening on the island at the same time as the half-marathon, so Kevin is going to run that race. I'm so proud of him for getting in to running...and he is killing it!

This will be the furthest I have ever run in my life, so if you want to send any positive vibes my way for this race, I'll take all I can get :)

I'll post a full recap from our trip and the race next week, but be sure to follow along on Instagram this weekend to see how it goes!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

CAIRfully Crafted

My mom, sister, and I have always been a little "crafty," so last week, my sister decided to start a Facebook page so we could share our crafts. The name of our little craft group is CAIRfully Crafted. My maiden is DeCair (also my mom and sister's last name), so that's where the name came from. I share my crocheted coffee sleeves on the page, my mom crochets beautiful baby blankets and great dish rags, and my sister has all kinds of fun wine bottle crafts and seasonal crafts. If you have a few minutes, I'd be grateful if you would visit our Facebook page HERE and let me know what you think!


I'm planning on starting an Etsy page for my coffee sleeves, but for now, they are just featured on the Facebook page. And if you are in the West Michigan area, we have a couple events coming up in November so you can come shop in person :)


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall Decor (I'm Back!)

I'll spare you the speech about how I've been super busy with life, so blogging took a back seat...you can see what I've been up to on Instagram. Basically a lot of working, running, softball, family, and friends. Just know that I'm back!

Now that we're past that, I want to share our fall decor with you. Summer is definitely my favorite season as far as weather goes, but fall is probably my favorite to decorate for. So here's a little peak at our home all ready for fall:

Wreath made by my Mom :)

I just love all of the pumpkins and mums--so pretty! What's your favorite season or holiday to decorate for?


Monday, July 18, 2016

Birthday Weekend

Saturday was my 29th birthday, and I made sure to celebrate all weekend long :)

Friday night we had a cook out at our house, which actually wasn't related at all to my birthday...it just ended up being one of the only nights we had free this summer to do it. We had about 20 people over and we ate, drank, played games, and hung out until late. It was a perfect night.

Since we were up late, Kevin and I slept in on Saturday, which was a great way to start my birthday. Then we headed to the Muskegon area for the day. I had planned on going to the beach, but it didn't really warm up until ate afternoon, and it was a little cloudy, so I just laid out on my parents' deck and soaked up the sun there. My mom made me my favorite meal for dinner (her homemade sloppy joes and macaroni & cheese). She also made me mini carrot cake cheesecakes for dessert, because carrot cake is my favorite. My mom is the best!

A few family members came over to hang out and celebrate and we ended up having a bon fire at my parents before we headed home.

Kevin and I went to lunch on Sunday to one of our favorite places in Grand Rapids: Houlihan's. Then we went and saw Secret Life of Pets. We were both disappointed in the movie. We thought it was going to be funnier than it was. It was ok, but not great. I was just happy to have a date day with my husband :)

Another great birthday in the books. Now I have a year to prepare myself for turning the big 3-0!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July Weekend

I hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend! Ours was pretty great...except for the fact that our dog is terrified of fireworks, so that part wasn't too fun.

Kevin and I went out to dinner on Friday night to celebrate our anniversary. We went to a little Italian place that we had heard good things about, but neither of us had ever been to it. It did not disappoint! We ate way too much food and came home and passed out...we're getting old!

On Saturday, my mom and I spent the day at my Grandma's helping her with her yard sale and cleaning out her garage. It was a long day, but we got a lot done for her, so it was definitely productive. Not 5 minutes after we got home, Admiral heard fireworks, so he headed to the bathroom and got in the tub to try and hide. It was so sad! For some reason, he calms down if we go in the basement, so that's where we spent the rest of the night.

Sunday was my family's 4th of July party, so we headed to my Aunt & Uncle's house where we again, ate too much good food. We came home Sunday night and Kevin went and played cards with his friends, while Admiral and I spent the night in the basement since there were a bunch of fireworks.

The 4th was spent catching up blog reading (me), catching up on Game of Thrones (Kevin), yard work, laundry, cleaning, grilling, and of course, trying to calm a dog who hates fireworks.

How was your weekend? Did you spend time with family and friends? Did you eat too much food like we did?