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michigan for the 4th

michigan for the 4th

When it comes to Michigan I've only been to Plymouth (Where my Dad is from) right outside of Detroit, but it's fun when i get to visit Grand Haven on the other side of the state, where Derek's family lives. Michigan is seriously one of the most beautiful places, it's definitely called Pure Michigan for a reason! Grand Haven is a hidden gem right on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, I feel so lucky to be able to spend time there when we visit Derek's family. Every time I've visited it's been snowy winter time, so this time I was able to see it in full summer form with people everywhere, swarming to the beach. We had such a fun 4th of July weekend with Derek's friends and family taking his parents boat out, going on one of his friends boat another day, riding motorcycles with his friends and brunch at Stella's Lounge as well as, the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. We were so busy but it was all worth it to be able to spend time in a place where Derek grew up, which I honestly don't know much about. I love being able to learn more about where he grew up (which is so different from my life!) in Grand Rapids/Grand Haven. The pictures are in order of when we arrived to the last day, I added captions under the pictures so there's a lot more info below! :)

 Riding Motorcycles in Grand Rapids, parked in front of Betsy and Andrew's adorable house. (Aaron, Nick & Maggie, Derek, Betsy & Andrew)

Riding Motorcycles in Grand Rapids, parked in front of Betsy and Andrew's adorable house. (Aaron, Nick & Maggie, Derek, Betsy & Andrew)

 Fireworks were going off as we rode through town and we weren't expecting it at all.

Fireworks were going off as we rode through town and we weren't expecting it at all.

 Brunch at Stella's, I ordered the "Tequila Sunrise Eggs" and it was so good!

Brunch at Stella's, I ordered the "Tequila Sunrise Eggs" and it was so good!

 Derek got the "Biscuits and Groovy Burger" - it looks like a mess but it was SOO GOOD, I liked it more than what I ordered!

Derek got the "Biscuits and Groovy Burger" - it looks like a mess but it was SOO GOOD, I liked it more than what I ordered!

 The back entrance of Stella's Lounge.

The back entrance of Stella's Lounge.

 The Downtown Market in Grand Rapids is the cutest market that has a variety of fresh foods, beverages, flowers and various products that you can buy.

The Downtown Market in Grand Rapids is the cutest market that has a variety of fresh foods, beverages, flowers and various products that you can buy.

 There was an entire wall of plants upstairs, too cute.

There was an entire wall of plants upstairs, too cute.

 Derek ordered some Love's ice cream and let me have some!

Derek ordered some Love's ice cream and let me have some!

 Betsy took these amazing photos on the top patio of the Market.

Betsy took these amazing photos on the top patio of the Market.

 Thanks Betsy :)

Thanks Betsy :)

 We headed back to Derek's parents house and took a walk after dinner so I got a glimpse of their boat.

We headed back to Derek's parents house and took a walk after dinner so I got a glimpse of their boat.

 Strolling around Grand Haven.

Strolling around Grand Haven.

 The next day, we went out on the boat on Lake Michigan with Derek's friends and it was such a beautiful day!

The next day, we went out on the boat on Lake Michigan with Derek's friends and it was such a beautiful day!

 Harley such a sweet water pup.

Harley such a sweet water pup.

 Derek and I riding on his friend Brennan's jet ski.

Derek and I riding on his friend Brennan's jet ski.

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 Great photo from Betsy.

Great photo from Betsy.

 Headed back home after a long day out on the boat!

Headed back home after a long day out on the boat!

 Started out the next day with a mimosa at Derek's parents house and they graciously made breakfast for us!

Started out the next day with a mimosa at Derek's parents house and they graciously made breakfast for us!

 We had a boat day with Derek's parents and friends and later we got some ice cream at this little place right outside Derek's parents house. 

We had a boat day with Derek's parents and friends and later we got some ice cream at this little place right outside Derek's parents house. 

 Vanilla with Cookie Dough chunks...it was amazing!

Vanilla with Cookie Dough chunks...it was amazing!

 We headed back to the boat to watch the fireworks for 4th of July.

We headed back to the boat to watch the fireworks for 4th of July.

 Beautiful photo from Betsy.

Beautiful photo from Betsy.

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