Michigan Trip

July 10, 2017

Hey everyone!  I feel like I've been out of the loop for a while, because I was on vacation and away from my computer for a week.  Now I'm back and just trying to get back into my normal routine.

Last week, my family and I spent a week in Michigan visiting our family.  Ever since we moved to Las Vegas, our number one destination has been Michigan.  We have been trying to go back twice a year so we can spend time with both sides of our family's and share Jack with everyone.  I always thought that Kevin and I were so lucky, because our family is all in the same place, but ever since we moved away, I find it to be difficult to have all our family in one place.  We get one week to squeeze in a visit with everyone and it can get a little overwhelming at times, especially with a baby.  That's why this trip was our last Michigan trip for a while.  We decided we want to take some time to visit some other places this next year and hopefully we will have lots of visitors come out our way.

It was our 3rd trip to Michigan with Jack, but it was our first time going back on Kevin's airline and traveling with our flight benefits as a family.  If you have ever traveled standby, you understand how nerve racking it can be.  We totally lucked out though, and ended up making it onto 2 initially full flights.  On top of making the flights, Jack was the best little traveler that he's ever been.  I was so proud that I wasn't the one on the flight with the screaming child.

We flew into Grand Rapids, MI, because that's the closest airport to our families that Kevin's airline flies to Vegas from.  I actually prefer the Grand Rapids airport.  It's smaller than DTW and it's easier to get around with a baby.  They even have a kids playroom that Jack loved.

Our trip was pretty non stop and the week flew by so fast.  We visited both sides of our families.  Jack got to see grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  In our short week, we sqeezed in a trip to the Detroit Zoo, visited a couple lakes, the Yankee Air Museum, a tour of downtown Detroit and a 4th of July parade.  I even got to be reunited with the my favorite Michigan beer that we can't get out in Nevada.

Here are a few pictures from our week.
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Excited to go for a ride on daddy's airplane!

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We have grass in our yard, but it doesn't compare to the big grass yards in Michigan!

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First time at the lake. He had a blast until he tried to eat the sand.

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He loved playing in the baby pool.

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4th of July

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He wasn't sure what to make of the boat. 

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The penguin exhibit at the zoo was the best!  It put a huge smile on my little guys face.

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Detroit river front

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Best airplane trip ever! Jack slept half the flight.

Shop Jack's wardrobe.  A lot is on sale right now!


It's always nice going home, but it's also always nice coming back to my other home.  I only wish we would of had more time to see more people, but there's always next time!

Do you live away from family? Anyone else spend their summer vacations in their home state?


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5 comments

  1. I'm so glad the flights worked out well for you! Looks like you guys had a great time!

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    1. I'm glad they worked out too! It's always nice to not have to worry about buying a plane ticket!

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  2. That's so great you got to go out and visit family! We live in the same state as most of our (close) family and holidays are so hard! Everyone wants you to be at everything and it's hard, but we've learned to say no because we want to actually enjoy our time without feeling like we are running from place to place. ;) Sounds like you guys did a good job splitting up the time.

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    1. That's what it was like when we lived in MI. We always had to choose which side of the family we would go to for holidays. This year we are just going to make people come to us for holidays.

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  3. Michigan is simply the best (of course I may be a bit biased)! We love the Detroit Zoo!:)

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