Today is the first day of my new official blog. I called it Up North Mommy because that is what I am. I'm a married mom of three kids living in Northern Michigan, which we call Up North, where we own a canoe livery and fly shop on the AuSable River. It's certainly not the traditional life for most families, but that's why we like it.
I picked the image of two Adirondack chairs by the river because it truly represents our life: relaxed, casual, and comfortable. I love sitting by the river with a cup of coffee and watching it drift by.
Life Up North is quite different from our previous life in Toledo. The closest mall is a Tanger Outlet Mall about 30 minutes away. The nearest Target store is an hour and a half away. But the grocery store, bank, post office, and gas station is just a couple of blocks down the road. We have one stop light and one McDonalds. While I'm in the yard playing with the kids, it's common to see an Amish family in their horse and buggy clop by. You'll even see a horse and buggy in the bank drive thru lane periodically.
Yesterday, after our fly shop closed for the day, my husband and oldest son took out a canoe and went fly fishing in the AuSable River. When it's nice and warm, my husband and I like to take out our two oldest to go canoeing. And when Littlest One is old enough, probably next summer, he'll start canoeing, too.
Life is simpler. And we like it that way.
So welcome to our life Up North.