It's been almost a whole week since Laura & I have gotten back from Michigan and I'm just now having a minute to sit and write about our trip. Our trip was amazing. It was everything I hoped it would be...all the essentials of a true Michigan autumn.
Laura and I got to spend much needed quality time with my mom & sister (still didn't get to see my brother and sister-in-law and nephew as much as I wanted). We got to go to the apple orchard where I worked in high school & have delicious cider donuts & hot cider. We went to my old high school for their homecoming game...my first time back in 11 years. I bumped into some old classmates too. (I have to say it was uber weird that we're grown-ups (ha!) and have kiddos of our own.) We went to church at my old hometown church where I was baptized, confirmed, and married! We went to the BEST pumpkin farm with Laura's cousin, Logan. Laura licked a goat...yup, you read that correctly. Logan even had a sleep over one night at Irma's house (Grandma's house) so he could spend more time with his cousin. Laura LOVED playing with him and tried to do all the silly things he was doing. My sister and I made piecaken (pie baked inside of cake) because we had to ;) Mollie and I had a great lunch just the two of us at one of my favorite restaurants in Bay City. I got to finally help my sister with her mini-farm. Needless to say I'm not the best farmhand around but I held my own the temperamental rototiller!
I was just so happy to share my most favorite fall things with Laura. I know she won't remember them but hopefully these pictures will help as I tell her stories when she's older. Who know when we'll be able to spend that much time with my family up north again. This was such a blessing.
Ten days was a long time to be away from home. Truthfully I wasn't even paying attention when I bought the plane tickets as to how long we'd be gone. I was just going for the best deal...oops! I know it meant so much to my family that we came and actually stayed long enough to really relax and enjoy our time together. I did feel bad for my poor hubby. Mathew missed us so much and Laura & I both were so excited to see him in the airport. Every time we'd talk on the phone Laura would get this quizzical, almost sad look on her face. I can only imagine she was trying to figure out why she could hear her daddy but not hug him. I cried a little when they were finally reunited. I give mad props to any families that have to be separated for any length of time. You are far stronger than I am!
So we are glad to be home and settling into our new and busy routine of going running, going to music class, swinging by the weekly farmers' markets, and just enjoying every minute of our blessed little life.