Hiya! Happy Monday!
Well, since I last checked in, there have been lots of happenings. Last Friday, Emery, Allie & I drove to Michigan where we ended up spending an entire week (busy hubs + not so busy SAHM = mini vacation!). I was blessed with two very calm and cooperative passengers during the 4.5 hour drive north, which was miraculous because E had been feeling under the weather for a few days prior. Bleh.
After we arrived in T-Town, we had an early happy hour/ dinner at Bonefish Grill with my Mom’s neighbor friend, Linda. Unfortunately, all Emery’s pent up energy from the long drive translated into lots of whining and fussiness during our meal. We still managed to have a nice time outside enjoying the beautiful weather and made it back home just in time to meet the babysitter!
My best girl S celebrated a biiiiig birthday this year, so her Ma & Pa threw her a surprise party Friday night (Remember MY surprise 30th?? Best gift ever)!! Mom & I left E and the pups with my Auntie Anne (thanks Auntie!!) while we went out for a girl’s night. We had a blast at Coyote Joe’s celebrating with all of our family and friends. This mama even threw back some Fireball! A great start to the week. Happy birthday, love!
Saturday was my littlest brother Anthony’s 25th birthday (quite the milestone birthday year, I’m telling ya!), so we had yet another family celebration, this time over a fun dinner at Brio. E was much better behaved, probably because we let him run loose in the booth the entire time. Hey, whatever it takes! Happy birthday, Bean!!
Sunday we had a low key morning celebrating E’s 14 month birthday!!
Ps, 14 months? Is this real life? Oy.
We had fun playing with Gigi and mastering our walking skills,,
,, but we all got antsy after morning nap time. So we took a drive to my parents future hometown and wound up at the Clarkston Food Festival! It was a super cute block party where we did a little shopping, a little eating, and a little hiding from the impromptu rainstorm we got caught in. But it was a nice afternoon. E even went on his first bus ride!
You may be wondering where my Dad/ GPop was at all weekend. Or maybe not 😉 Well, he was out of town on a guys trip to Maine and wasn’t due back until Monday evening. Originally I thought we would only be in town for the weekend, but as it worked out, we were able to push back our departure by a few days. Which meant GPop time, wahoo!
One of my favorite things to do in Michigan in the fall is visit the cider mill. Usually we go to Yates or Blakes, which are both great and close to home. But when I saw a link online that listed the “must visit” cider mills in Michigan, we switched things up! We initially talked about going out on Monday, but decided to wait until Dad got home so he could partake. You’re welcome, G 😉 Our first stop was Parshallville Cider Mill in Parshallville, MI. Small & quaint, with tasty treats, and gorgeous scenery. There’s something about non-touristy venues that are a thousand times more appealing to me. Add a picturesque fall day and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Our next stop was Spicer Orchards, literally down the road from the first! This was a much more child-friendly venue, with a petting farm and a playground that E absolutely loved. It’s so much fun watching him walk around and enjoy things he previously couldn’t participate in. After grabbing more cider, donuts and popcorn, we spent a good amount of time horsing around outside.
An incredible first day of fall.
Wednesday we interrupted nap time to visit Emery’s great grandma. Clearly you should NEVER interrupt nap time because the visit was less than successful. There were moments of smiles, but the overall vibe was sassy. Once we returned home, nap time was restored and someone awoke with THE BEST bedhead I have ever seen.
After dinner, we went for another one of our many walks of the week. The weather all week was picture perfect, and this night was no different.
Thursday we spent some more time with Auntie S, first at the mall then at the park where this Mama went to middle school. Go Broncos!
And finally, Thursday night ==> Emery’s first Tiger’s game!! Our friends Herman and Denise hooked all of us up with suite tickets for that night’s game, so far be it for us to refuse! I’d been wanting to take E to a baseball game this summer, but with bedtimes and 7p start times, it’s been difficult to arrange. So after a solid 3 hour nap, E donned #35 and traveled down to the D!
We got a free ride on the carousel, which had no line whatsoever. Emery’s never been a huge fan of the spinning ride and always has a super-grip on me, but he actually eked out a few smiles this time!
The suite was PERFECT for E. He wasn’t confined to a seat and could wander around anytime. He even watched some of the game!
All the popcorn. In E’s belly.
He stayed up later than he ever has (11p), but it was completely worth it. We had so. much. fun. Thanks, Masters!!
Friday morning (departure day) arrived quickly and we made a quick pit stop at Five Star to visit GPop before hitting the road.
And because someone up there loves me, I had yet another near perfect drive back home w/ E & Al. Three hour naps FTW!! We did encounter a little surprise upon our arrival home, however,,,
Flamingo Friday at our place! Gotta love impromptu block parties 😉
All in all, a fantastic week in the Mitten. Though I can’t remember the last BAD time we’ve had there. Thanks to Mom/ Gigi & Dad/ GPop for putting up with our crazy hound, HFM disease, all the poopy diapers and your newly smudged windows. We love you and can’t wait to see you again! 🙂 Thanks for everything!