A long weekend in Michigan
A couple weekends ago, Nicholas, Cooper and I, along with my in-laws, drove north a few hours to a small town on the coast of Lake Michigan. It was a restful little getaway.
On Friday, after lunch, we loaded up the car and started the drive, listening to podcasts and chatting. I knit on my pink socks. Cooper napped, and then woke up happy. We unpacked and settled in a bit, once we arrived to the adorable rental house. Then we changed and got ready for dinner.
We got dinner at a local restaurant, and Cooper did great. Since we were an hour ahead of our "normal," everything felt extra late, and when we got back to the house, Cooper was so tired and went right to sleep in his pack 'n play.
Saturday morning, we made breakfast at the house: bacon and eggs and coffee. And then headed to the Lake for a walk before the rain started. The water was a moody blue, and there was a light breeze. Cooper loved the sand and walked for quite a distance, actually. We walked the same route that we did when we visited this Michigan town back in September.
We walked alongside towering dunes, covered in long grasses, Cooper played with my MIL's umbrella a bit, and he almost fell asleep in my FIL's arms. It started drizzling right as we got back to the cars. The rest of the day was rainy (as we expected) and restful. we ate lunch at the house, Cooper took a nap (hallelujah!) and we played euchre, then went out to get coffee from local coffee shop.
Dinner was in a small restaurant, right near the water. And then we went back to the house for some more relaxing and rounds of euchre.
A quick stop for coffee in the morning on the way out of town, and then we were home by lunchtime.
Other little bits:
- Wearing raincoats everywhere
- Cooper making all of us laugh so much with his "side eyes" (a little bit he knows is always a hit) and all the little things he does
- acknowledging that I will probably always be the worst euchre player in the family (it's okay)
- Just the tiniest bits of green, hinting at the season to come
- wearing chacos (barely warm enough, but still, it was a nice change)
- snacking on homemade treats and pork rinds
- drinking coffee made by someone other than me (all weekend) <3
- my MIL and SIL got us all matching comfy sweatshirt and shorts combos (a different color for each of us)
- fresh air and a change of scenery was so nice
It was such a lovely little weekend trip! We love visiting our northern neighboring state, and I always love seeing Lake Michigan, whether it's our Indiana dunes or further north. And seeing new things, like one of our beloved Great Lakes in springtime, through Cooper's eyes will always be one of my greatest joys.
2022: A year in review
Welcome to my annual post of our life in the last year – a review of all the big and little events, travels, habits, heartbreaks, and joys. These posts require a lot of time and energy, in part due to sifting through all the posts I wrote in the last year, but also because these posts spur me to reflect and sit with the previous year for a moment, before stepping into the next one.
A summer weekend in Ohio & a visit with friends
A few weeks ago, we drove out to visit some of Nicholas' family in Ohio. It was our first "long" car ride with both boys, and the drive out was admittedly very long, especially with an infant who loathes the carseat. Nonetheless, it was very worthwhile for some time with Nicholas' grandparents and other family.
Up north to the Tulip festival
If you missed my last post, I shared about the passing of my beautiful mother-in-law. I don't want to continue on in a "business as usual" style, nor do I want to neglect to share about joyful things in our life. Again and again, I'm learning that grief and joy coexist in this life. And what a grace that is! Grief can highlight the joy, make it more precious in my eyes. And so, I wanted to share about a little day trip I took with my SIL, Katelyn, Cooper, and Finn back in mid-May, since it was a good thing, a sweet day spent with some of my very favorite people.