Thursday, September 13, 2012

St. Joseph, Michigan

During our trip to New Buffalo, Michigan this summer, we spent a day exploring nearby St. Joseph, Michigan. What a lovely little town along Lake Michigan. In fact, I've yet to be disappointed by any place I've explored in southwest Michigan. Such a wonderful area for vacationing families.

Once we arrived, we had about 20 minutes until our intended destination, the Curious Kids Museum, opened. So we wandered up and down Lake Boulevard, with the sparkly water blinking at us in the distance.

Then we noticed that the kids were being pretty patient and loving. A rare moment when traveling with four kids ages 4 and under.

This was when I decided it might be a good time for some family portraits. Because mama wanted in on those brotherly snuggles.

And so did their grandfather.

My sister's kids were cooperating as well. Aren't they adorable?

And then, like adults are prone to do, we pushed them past their limits to try to get just a few more shots. And suddenly there was instant camera fade. (This was the best I got from about 20 attempts. At one point my niece was picking her nose and lifting her dress over her head at the same time. I'll save that one for an "outtakes" post at some point!)

Kudos to my parents for traveling with this gaggle of kids. While the dads were back at home working, the grandparents got put to work too!

Thanks for indulging me in a little play-by-play of family pictures, Arrows Sent Forth-style. If you're looking for more information on visiting St. Joseph, Michigan with kids, I'll be back with a post about the Curious Kids Museum next week.

In the meantime, here are a few other posts I've written about southwestern Michigan:

This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.


  1. I am all to familiar with that moment that kids just fade and taking pictures isn't fun anymore. I have 4 nieces and nephews back home so we have ages 4 months up to 7 years old to try to group together! I've given up on a perfect picture. As long as most of them are in the shot I'm happy :-)

  2. St. Joe is a cute town...loved the five-and-dime I found there, plus one of my best memories of a lighthouse was taking photos of the lighthouse at St. Joe during a storm!

  3. Sometimes when I see perfect family portraits with children in them I just know they've been photoshopped. You'll look back on these photos some day and laugh, I'm sure.