Monday, June 6, 2011

Our Annual Trip to Indiana and Michigan

WOW! Lots of blogging catch up to do! The last three weeks of school were a whirl wind as half of our staff is leaving...including the entire administration...I had a great Week O Fun but wasn't able to do as much for next fall as I usually do because we have no idea what that will look like, I am just trying to remember that change is often good and enjoy my summer! With that said, we headed off on our first trip of the summer the Saturday after I ended my school year. This is a trip that we will do every year, in fact it made it to our marriage vows!

We started off Memorial Weekend in Indiana. We arrived on Saturday and Grandma was excited to see Zander. She spent the evening with him as Bryan and I went into Auburn to see friends. Sunday started VERY early as it always does and I drove Bryan to meet friends to head to the race at 5! Luckily, Grandma was excited for some more Zander time and I got to go back to bed! Later in the day, Cindy and I went to visit the new winery in town and then to Bryan's Grandma's for a birthday celebration. The family was all excited to meet Zander! I wish I had some pictures of this but Bryan had the camera at the race....Bryan bought Zander lots of gifts, including this great hat!

On Monday we had lunch at Raver's, and Timmy was very excited to finally meet Zander. After that, Zander, his cousins Tori and Heather, Grandma and Bryan and I all headed to the Tin Caps baseball game! It was a VERY HOT day but we found some shade and enjoyed ourselves!

On Tuesday morning, we met Cindy for coffee after her morning route and went to Angola to meet Butch and Carmen for lunch. We enjoyed fish at one of Bryan's favorite places and headed to Michigan to see all the McLeese's. They all pitched in and we had a great dinner at Uncle Mike's. Grandma, Quinn, Kay, Ken, Julie, Tim (in from Hong Kong), Don, and Mike were all there.

The next morning we had breakfast with Uncle Tim and Grandma and headed to Bell's for a couple beers before heading to Detroit. This is when we learned Zander is not such a fan of his car seat after about 90 minutes and stopped to give him a break at a winery we found along the way. We arrived at my Aunt Sharon's just before she got home from work and BBQ'd before going to the Tigers game with Eric and Katie. It was great to go to Comerica Park!

On Thursday we hung around Aunt Sharon's and did a few projects in the morning, then she took the afternoon off! We went to Northville for lunch and a little shopping! We went back home and grilled again in the evening and Bryan and I went out for ice cream at one of my favorite places to go with my Grandma.

On Friday, we got up and took a walk and then went to Katie's house to meet Amy and Jenny! A great college reunion as it has been at least 7 years since we have all been together! Bryan stayed for a bit and then headed off to watch Hangover 2. We had a great lunch and tons of fun catching up...hopefully we will all be meeting in Vegas in the next year! Audrey (Jenny's youngest), Olivia (Amy's youngest), and Kami and Gabby (Kate's girls) all thought Zander was pretty cute too!

Saturday we headed back to Ft. Wayne, stopped and picked up Cindy and went to the Zoo to meet the Mullis's. We had a great day with them but Lincoln and Aubrey were especially cute in the fountains. The Giraffes were my favorite and I think we will need to add this as a must see to our annual trip! Saturday night we went out with Darrin and has been too long and we had a great time!

Sunday it was time to pack up and see if there was any way we could fit all of this stuff in our suitcases to get home??? We did it! On our way back to Dayton we had breakfast with Cindy, Tori and Heather...dropped off the pack n play the Seiss's let us borrow (THANKS!!!) and headed to the airport.

Overall, an awesome vacation! Looking forward to being home for a bit before going to Philly in two weeks!

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