Due to my hubby’s busy week at work, we decided to start our Turkey Day adventures on Thanksgiving morning. Our precious boy decided to be our alarm clock for the day, waking us up at 545a. Thanks buddy! It turned out to be fine, however, since we wanted to be on the road to Michigan by 8a anyway. After a solid 2-hr pack-up, we were on the road right on time, preceded by a quick trip to Starbucks.
The Indiana weather was great when we left, just overcast. Luckily, we missed the crazy snowstorm that was happening on the east coast. But since I’m slightly weather-obsessed, I had been tracking some lake effect snow that had been moving east through Michigan overnight into that morning. Pictures taken at the Detroit Turkey Trot showed a fresh coat of snow and a lot of web sources were talking about the accident-prone roads downtown. Thankfully, with the exception of having to dodge crazy Michigan drivers, we made it to my parents house without incident. Phew. Is it just me, or is traveling with a baby on board a whole new game??
By early afternoon, we were welcomed with open arms by my Mom and Dad. But sadly, not everyone received them the same way. For some crazy reason, as soon as we arrived, Emery showed that he was definitely NOT feeling his grandpa! As soon as he took him out of his carseat, out went the bottom lip, then the scrunchy face, followed by instant tears [we call this his classic pouty face]. We just couldn’t believe how he was reacting to him! He has never had a problem with him before. We joked that he must’ve been mad that he didn’t come visit him with Gigi the week before. In a way it was funny, and we joked about it most of the day. But deep down we all felt bad that he was reacting so negatively to him. Thankfully, E changed up his attitude the following day and got lots of make-up Grandpa snuggles in return.
My brothers, who had been at the Lions game all day, arrived to our parents few hours later. My Uncle Tim and Michelle also came over. And around 5p, we all sat down for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes (mashed & sweet), corn and gravy. I enjoyed my plate one-handed, as a certain someone needed to be held. But that didn’t prevent me from chowing down! Everything was delicious, per usual. Thanks Mom!
We had a low key rest of the evening. All of us were pretty beat. Except for Emery, who decided he didn’t want to nap all day nor go to bed at a decent hour. So that was fun. Little turkey. But despite the sassy baby, I couldn’t have asked for a better day with family. It’s true how all the good outweighs the bad, doesn’t it? Such is this holiday.
Friday we took a trip to visit Emery’s great grandma/ my Baba. Emery had the same initial skepticism with her as he did with my Dad, but thankfully to a lesser degree. It was sweet to see them interact and as always it was a nice, entertaining visit 😉
That night, we had another awesome family dinner at my parent’s country club. It’s rare nowadays that we are all together as a family, so it’s special when we can spend as much time together as possible. We had tons of laughs over good eats and tasty wine 🙂
PS, can we talk about how cute E looked in his chunky sweater? Okay, done 😀
Saturday morning we said sayonara to Michigan and headed south back to Indiana.
Our timing was horrible, and we ended up in Ann Arbor traffic amongst all the Wolverines & Buckeyes en route to the Big House. The cluster set us back a good 45 minutes, but thankfully E slept the entire ride down (nearly 4 hours!). It can always be worse, right?!
We arrived to the inlaws where we enjoyed a second Thanksgiving dinner. Yum! PS, did you know that in Indiana, people call lunch – dinner, and dinner – supper? I had this conversation with the hubs a few weeks ago and it still makes me laugh! 😉
We spent the rest of the day watching some great college football and playing with E. Unfortunately the nighttime hours were frustrating again, with a baby who didn’t want to sleep more than 30 minutes at a time. He finally fell asleep somewhere around 2a, giving us a respectable stretch of rest. I think he was a little screwed up from all the traveling because once we got home Sunday, he slept straight through the night. Live and learn I suppose!
It was a fantastic weekend with family. Now, we look forward to Christmas-time,, HOPEFULLY in our new home!!!