Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Katie!

Sure hope your day is special in every way!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Michigan Part Three

The food and the shopping were definitely a high point of our trip to Michigan in August...but it truly was all about the people.  Family to be exact!




From my Mom to the youngest great-grandchild we number forty-five!  Thirty two of us were together on the Saturday we were there...including nine of her great grandchildren.  Not bad for a trip that wasn't planned months in advance!



Just sitting around and visiting was such fun.  But the very best time was had by six of the great-grandchildren (and my brother, my daughter, and me)!  My brother John does the best stuff with his grandchildren!!  While we were visiting he took them on an adventure...a treasure hunt to be exact. Lucky Charlotte got to join in!  So did Katie and I...I'm not sure who was the most excited!!

She can't take her eyes off the map!

The adventure begins...

She was SO excited!

The first X.

Vincent found an X.

This adventure was hard work.

Digging for treasure.

X marks the spot!

The lot next to Papa's house was just made for adventures!

Sebastian carefully filled up the hole.

MacKenzie is wondering exactly what treasure is hiding in those bags they dug up.

The adventure has ended.

Our treasure seekers were victorious!!

Passing out the bounty.

Squirt guns for everyone!!!

This adventure involved a map, shovels, multiple Xs, and the aforementioned treasure.  The participants, besides those already mentioned, included Bella, the adventure guide; Sebastian, the designated digger; and Abigail, McKenzie and Vincent who, like Charlotte, were treasure seekers!

This group had a blast following the map, finding the "X", and then digging up the treasure....and what a treasure it was!  Squirt guns for all!  Including Lulu and Noah too!  Papa John is the best!!




Before the family gathering ended we managed to get some fun photos of my Mom and those great-grandchildren wasn't easy, but it was fun! 

My mom with nine of her fourteen great grandchildren.

Sweet treats!

A photo of the photographers...Ha!

We love you GGma!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Michigan Part Two

Our recent trip to Michigan began at about 2:00 AM Thursday morning.  It was easier traveling through the night so this little one and her big sister could just sleep.  Plus it meant a stop at Cracker Barrel for a late breakfast!  She was more excited than she looks!!

We munched on snacks from home during our travel time, so we didn't have to stop for any other meals...we just headed for my Mom's house.  We all knew what we'd be doing for dinner.  Buddy's Pizza was definitely on the menu.  I grew up in Detroit, and going to Buddy's was kind of a regular least I remember it that way.  Square pizza...the best ever! Bocci ball. Chubby Checker's "The Twist" on the jukebox.  A Boomba Glass full of beer for my Dad.  That's what I, my sister (about Lulu's age at the time) dancing to "The Twist" on top of the table.  Wonderful memories!
Anyway...that's where we had dinner. Not the one in Detroit.  We ate at the new one about a mile from my Mom's home. How convenient!  It was so good! 

Pizza Pie (as Lulu called it) and Antipasto Salad. The only bad belly got full before my mouth wanted it too!  Charlotte enjoyed her meal too...Buddy's got a "thumbs up" from her!

Later that evening we stopped for frozen custard at The Custard Spot. 
It's definitely a popular place!


It's important to make sure your hotel provides an adequate breakfast for you...thank you Hyatt Place for doing just that!  Here's a look at what Mark brought back for his family's breakfast Friday morning.  Katie, Charlotte, Lulu, and Mark were adequately fueled for the day!  
I also had one of the egg was pretty tasty!

Next stop! Lunch!  National Coney Island...this is a must when we visit Michigan.  
We love these so much!!  
In fact my Mom has given Coney Island Hot Dogs to us for can read about it HERE.

Apple juice for Lulu and Vernors Ginger Ale for the rest of us. 
Coney Dogs, Hani's, Coney Tacos, Fries, Cheese Fries....yes to all!
Happy, Happy, Happy...that's what we were! 

Charlotte and Lulu each got ice cream, and the five grown-ups shared 
one Hot Fudge Cream Puff...oh my!

We did some shopping after this stop...including a trip to Meijer's to pick up some munchies for later in the evening...we definitely weren't going to need a full meal after all this.  What we did need though, was to stop at Sonic for some Limeades on the way back to my Mom's.  We have a Sonic relatively nearby here at home.  But this Sonic was in the same parking lot as Meijer's.
So really, we had to stop! 

On Saturday we headed to my brother's and sister-in-law's home for lunch/dinner...linner if you will!  (Breakfast at the hotel first of course!)  We had some great food...many hands prepared it.  
We were grateful for that (thanks for grilling Jason!), and we were especially grateful 
for all the fun fellowship with our family!

Ribs and Chicken and Stuffed Cabbage and Potato Salad and Noodles and Fruit and so on and so on.  Plus desserts...I didn't get photos of those!  It was a fun filled, food filled, awesome time! 

Sunday morning we took advantage of our complimentary breakfast one more time, and then we began the trip home.  We munched on snacks while we traveled, but only stopped for a meal a Rest Stop in Pennsylvania.  We had Popeye's and Burger King.  (and played some Rock, Paper, Scissors too!)
And that was the end of the Food trip.

Well...except for the quick stop...about 40 minutes from home...for ice cream!  
That Charlotte sure likes her ice cream!

Stay tuned for Part Three....there was a 
Treasure Hunt!!