We spent the majority of June on the road visiting various midwest favorites: Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri. We started by driving to Michigan for my cousins’ wedding.
We’ve found our rhythm for road trips: I drive and listen to audiobooks with the boys (finished Penderwicks in Spring and Hatchet on this portion), while Mike works (and apparently sometimes naps when his schedule allows). He does all the directions, getting gas, and deciding on food. It works well!
We arrived in Michigan before the rest of the family, so we enjoyed a quiet evening with my grandpa which was definitely a highlight for me. I’m not sure I’ve ever had hours of chatting with only him like that. Such a gift. This was Ethan’s last night as a 9 year old, so I took some pictures of our evening. The boys are still working towards their goal of reading aloud for ten minutes for 275 days of the year (I think that’s the goal…I should have written it down somewhere!!).
The following day we celebrated Ethan’s birthday a bit and went to the wedding. I have a few favorite memories from that day: Eddie dancing with Ger at dinner, Abe and Ivan crushing the dance floor with their moves, and Ivan calling Aunt Dawn a princess when he saw her waiting to greet us, Salina giving kisses to Micah, all the boys teasing Uncle Brad, etc. etc. It was a fun day!
The following day we went to church and then had a picnic in the park.
After the fun, we drove to Wisconsin for the next part of our trip. Michigan was short, but very sweet!