We’re back to work and school today after several days in Michigan for Thanksgiving. It was quite a trip!
Ash and the kids had Wednesday off, so I took a vacation day and we headed up I-75 for what should have been 6.5 hours of me driving, Ash reading, and the kids watching DVDs. Ash got nauseous and Emma needed to use the bathroom several times, and we had to stop at quite a few gas stations once we reached Michigan. It ended up taking us over 8 hours to get to Leslie. Wow.
We had a great Thanksgiving day with Mom, Dad, Ben, Paulie, and Mason. We hung out and watched the parade (and played) all morning, then had a great dinner (Thanks, Mom!) after all the kids had their naps.
Friday, Ash and Paulie got up EARLY and headed to Jackson for their annual Black Friday shopping fun. Ben and Mason came over and the rest of us just hung out all morning. Aunt Lori (Mom’s sister) and Uncle Bill joined us early in the afternoon. Dad, Ben, Bill, and I headed to Detroit to watch our Leslie High School Blackhawks’ football team play in the state championships at Ford Field (where the Detroit Lions play). It was the first time EVER that Leslie has made it this far, and though we came up short in our game against Montague, it was an honor to be at the game…and fun to see some old friends. I got to see Vic and her new son Zach (and Vic’s parents), Gail (A.K.A Ms. Val…the director of all my high school plays and my speech coach), Nickie and her husband Dan (from afar, sorry I didn’t get a chance to say ‘Hi’, Nickie), Shana (a friend from high school who happens to be my sister-in-law’s cousin), and many others I felt I should have known, but couldn’t quite put faces with names. On the way to the game, we stopped in the Greektown Casino. We were only there for about 5 minutes, but I stuck a $20 bill in a slot machine and won $135, so that was nice!
Saturday, we spent several hours at The Treehouse in Chelsea. What a great place to spend a few hours. The kids really didn’t want to go, but they sure were tired after all that running, climbing, sliding, etc. We really need to get one of those in Lexington!
And then Sunday we headed home, and (after another 8-hour trip) arrived just in time to watch for Ben and Paulie on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. We didn’t find them in the crowd (which was fine with Paulie), but we did get to see the room they worked on. It was fun to watch after hearing what it was like to be involved.
Now we’re back to real life…at least for a few days. The Christmas parties will be starting soon!
I hope you and your families had a wonderful, restful holiday.