Monday, July 20, 2015

Beach Weekends are the Best Weekends


So I know I've been starting every weekend recap this summer with 'this has been the best weekend!' but this one really takes the cake.  It was seriously my favorite weekend ever - good company, good weather, good food, so many good times.  

Ps: prepare yourself for an overload of dog pictures ahead.

Nick, Brady and I spent the weekend in my hometown of Holland, Michigan.  My family lives right around the corner from Lake Michigan so we always take advantage of spending as much time as possible at the beach - aka my happy place - when we're home. The other best part about the weekend was that two of our good friends from Chicago were in Holland with their family so we were able to spend a lot of time with them, too!

We got into town around 5pm on Friday and grabbed hot dogs with my family for dinner and took Brady for a walk to burn off some energy.  We finally heard from our friends, Dave and Kerry, that they were back from the beach so we met up with them outside of the General Store to grab some ice cream (so much ice cream this weekend) and they could see Brady since they hadn't seen him since December!  


After ice cream for everyone, we dropped the pup back off at home and headed to an outdoor arcade with Kerry's family where we raced go-karts, did the batting cages and played half a round of miniature golf before the insane mosquitoes forced us off the course.  It was SO hot and humid that night so pictures were pretty non-existent but we did manage to take a lot of ridiculous snaps if you follow me on Snapchat (@kavanderploeg)!

The next morning, Nick and Dave were off early to golf and when I finally rolled out of bed at 9:15, I had plans to take Brady for a nice long walk but the weather said otherwise.  A crazy storm rolled in off of the lake and put everyone's plans on hold.  In the meantime, we did a dog photo shoot with our 13 year old Yorkshire Terrier, Winston, and let Brady eat straight out of the peanut butter jar - so spoiled.


The rain finally let up at 10:30am and the sun came out and it was a beautiful morning!  My family and I took Brady on a 4.5 mile walk and the guy was so hot and tired out at the end that we had to stop so he could dip in the water.  Aaaand roll in the mud.


He loved being in the water again and it made me so excited to take him to the dog beach the next day!   After the guys got back from golfing, we headed out to spend the rest of the day at the beach with friends - swimming, playing catch and taking naps in the sun.  By far, my favorite way to spend a Saturday.


That night, we walked to meet Dave and Kerry for dinner where we feasted on pina colada's and all things fried - cauliflower, lake perch, truffle fries.  #yum  

Like we hadn't ate enough this weekend, we went to Captain Sundae to get ice cream after dinner.  I worked at Captain Sundae all through high school and part of college so it's always a must visit while we're in town!  Afterwards, we said goodbye to our friends and pretty much rolled home and passed out by 10pm that night.  Sun, food and drinks will really wear ya out.


Sunday morning at the dog beach was the highlight of the weekend for all of us.  We got there bright and early since it was our first time and we didn't know what to expect.  Welp, it was awesome.  It was an off leash beach so the dogs could run free and Brady had the BEST time.


At first he was a little freaked out by the waves but it wasn't long before he got the hang of it and we couldn't keep him out of the water.  There were so many other dogs there (lots of Goldens!) and everyone was so friendly.  I honestly don't know who had more fun - us or the dog.  We made lots of new friends and Brady was in heaven chasing after his tennis balls!


We spent a good two hours there before we finally packed up and hiked back to the car.  After a late lunch and stopping for blueberries, we headed back home - sunburned, tired and happy.  

Now I'm just over here counting down the days til the next weekend... 4 to go ;)  Happy Monday!

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45 comments

  1. Beach weekends are the best! I'm jealous. I have yet to spend one day at the beach this summer. So sad.

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  2. Beach weekends really are the best! Brady is just adorable and loving your romper/shorts & top combo! Happy Monday!
    xo Southern Style

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  3. We have friends to trekked up to Holland MI this summer and had a blast. I'm not sure why I never think of beaches up in those areas but I have ideas for next summer now :)

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  4. Brady looks so happy; you all are the cutest little family! And all this snapchat business keeps making me feel old. I just can't do it.

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  5. This looks like the best weekend! What a fun and cute hometown that you have. :)

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  6. I spent the weekend in Charleston, SC and went to a beach in Isle of Palms and had a great time too! Sand, saltwater, and sunshine are great for the soul :)

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  7. I mean it sounds like the perfect weekend ever!! brady was in heaven that's for sure - splashing around in the water! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  8. Where is this dog friendly beach? We are in South Bend and have been wanting to go with our doodle. Thanks in advance!

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    1. It is Kirk Park beach in West Olive: http://www.miottawa.org/Parks/kirk.htm

      You will LOVE it!

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  9. Oh my goodness – Brady with Winston is just too cute and I’m glad even he got to enjoy some ice cream. And the sand. It must have been so nice to be back home – I had no idea how pretty Michigan was but I’m loving all these pics.

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  10. Your weekend sounds PERFECT! Loved all of the doggie pictures xo

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  11. Ahh! Your weekend sounds perfect! I'm jealous that you're so close to a beach. And how fun is that dog beach!? I bet Brady was in heaven.

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  12. Oh my gosh! That yorkie looks TINY next to Brady! What a pair.
    Your weekend looks absolutely amazing. I agree. Beach weekends are the best.

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  13. Your weekend sounds amazing lady! Love all the puppy pictures.

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  14. How fun! Looks like your dog had the most fun of anyone :)

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  15. I'd just want to hang out at that beach to see all the dogs!!!
    What a fun life you all are giving Brady :)

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  16. Fun!! I wish we had somewhere around here like that. Brady is clearly in heaven haha!

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  17. Oh my gosh! Brady!!!! I want to play with him at the beach!

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  18. What a fun weekend! I'm glad you all had a great time. I love the pictures of Brady. He was clearly enjoying himself!!

    Amy
    befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com

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  19. This really sounds like the best weekend! You live where it's vacation all the time! Dog beaches are SOOO fun and I love Winston!!!

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  20. That is one happy puppy! I'm so glad you had such a great summer weekend!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

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  21. Your title couldn't be more true! I love the picture of Brady and Winston, Winston looks so tiny next to Brady, it's adorable!

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  22. Nothing better than a happy wet doggy at the beach, I just love these pictures!

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  23. So glad that you had such a good trip home! The beach looks so fun! I'm already counting down to Friday as well :)
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  24. That general store and ice cream shop make me miss my hometown!! Looks like an awesome weekend, and Brady seriously looks like a monster compared to your Yorkie!!

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  25. Oh how fun! I had a friend in college who is from Holland! I think she still lives there! Love the pics of Brady in the mud, so cute, and I was squeeeing over your Yorkie, my Yorkie is my baby and I love that breed so much! :)

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  26. I totally agree with you beach days are always the best kind of days! That totally is my kind of weekend ice cream, alcohol, sun, beach and good company! I am glad you had a good weekend! Brady looks like he is in heaven at the dog beach.

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  27. Seriously he is too damn handsome. What a little model baby ;-) Looks like such a fab weekend girl! I need some beach time asap!

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  28. Wonderful pictures of looks like a GREAT weekend!! Love that first one of Brady with Winston, they are SO cute together! I'm glad that you guys had a fun time and I hope that your sunburn isn't super painful!!

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  29. seriously though, you have the best weekends! so fun.

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  30. What a perfect weekend! B is such a good looking little dude! I was loving your snaps from this weekend! xo

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  31. I love that picture of Brady and Winston, they are a cute pair.

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  32. Oh my gosh Holland Michigan looks GORGEOUS! What a place to grow up! I literally had a dream last night that I had a golden retriever. Best dream ever. and So sad it was just a dream. Those goldens are sooooo cuteeeee. Wait fried cauliflower? where has this been all my life?! seriously such a fun weekend!! Sunburn=worth it :)

    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  33. Looks like an absolutely fabulous weekend for you guys and the pupper! Brady looks like he's having the time of his life in the water... too stinkin' cute <3

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  34. I bed Brady boy had a blast… and oh my gosh he looks so big compared to little Winston!! Looks like a great weekend indeed :)

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  35. Love that picture of Brady and Winston - Brady looks HUGE! I was cracking up at your Snap of him eating PB right out of the jar! Percy goes nuts for PB too. I can't even get it out of the cabinet without him jumping all over me :) Glad you had another fantastic weekend!!

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  36. What a fun weekend!! Looks like you all had a blast. Glad Brady's getting the hang of being a beach pup. I thought of you this weekend when I saw that Chick-fil-A is coming to Holland, MI - it'll be a great excuse to eat your favorite food and visit your family :) Hooray!!

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  37. I mean....those pups...SO CUTE! What a fun weekend...glad you enjoyed every last bit of it!

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  38. What a fun, relaxing weekend!! Makes me want to head to the beach :) Love the pup pictures!

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  39. This so makes me want to take our dog with us to the beach! Except that he hates water, haha! So he'd probably be miserable at the beach, but I love the beach so much that I want him to love it too. ;) Looks like you guys had the best time!

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  40. omg the two dogs together are so cute! looks like you are from a super cute little town!! is that the one that has the tulip festival?! H wanted to go to that when we lived in chicago and im sad we never made it up there. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  41. Sounds like a great weekend! And it looks like your pup had the BEST weekend!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  42. I'm so jealous of your beach weekends! It's finally REALLY hot here - so lame! Brady has become quite the water dog - I LOVE IT!!! Sign me up for that ice cream break!!

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  43. Yes, Captain Sunday!! Love Holland. I've been going out to Grand Haven this summer.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  44. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend. I am still waiting for my beach weekend, but everyone's been pretty busy lately and we keep having to reschedule. I'm so jealous of all your beach photos. I am definitely giving my family a call to see who's free this weekend. I want my beach weekend NOW. Hahaha

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