Thursday, March 24, 2016

5 minute Michigan recap.

I wanted to recap our long weekend in Michigan, but I'm not really sure what to say (nothing funny or really that interesting happened so I'm out of clever titles, obviously) and I didn't take too many pictures. And I just have a bunch of other things going on right now, so I don't want to spend my usual hours writing up a post so here goes the 5 minute version...


So, we drove allll day Wednesday - I think it took us 11 hours total from start to finish, and once we got into Howell (have I ever even mentioned that's where we're from? Oh, never heard of it? Don't worry, no one has lol) it was late so we ordered Jets pizza, like we always do when we get home, and just hung out with Johns parents. They had THE prettiest sunset over the lake. Really, lake life. There's nothing like it. So, I'm sure it was obvious, but the real reason we went home was to see Johns Dad. He has Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in his ankle and just started chemo recently. And yes he will be fine, but cancer and chemo and staying home basically 24/7 because he can't walk/go to germy places sucks, so we really wanted to visit him and bring Ted to cheer him up.  

We tried not to make too many plans while we were there, to leave a lot of time to just mostly hang out. But that's always hard when we're only home for a weekend or two a year. I had been holding out on getting my hair done forever because I knew we would be going home, so I snuck in an appointment with someone I actually KNOW instead of a finding a random person again, and John ended up getting his haircut too.....(because he celebrated his promotion a bit too hard last weekend and missed his appt here lol). 


This was Thursday, St. Patricks Day, so later on we went over to my Dad & Step-Moms for corned beef sandwiches and green Sprite (apparently a thing lol) and to see my SUPER CUTE PREGNANT STEP-SISTER!!


^ That's my future niece right there, Kennedy. (I'm OBSESSED with her name. Like I wish I had thought of it first, I love it so much.) Does anyone think we look like real sisters? I always do, haha. But then people always think she looks like my other sister, so maybe I am just being wishful haha. 


It's always really hard to see friends when we're in town because we try to mostly focus on family, but Friday morning I went out to a quick breakfast with two ladies I worked with when I was an assistant preschool teacher. It was probably hands down the best friends I've ever made from a job (which I am NOT good at lol), and I can't tell you how much these two influenced me. They're the best. (And the one I'm sitting next to always does my nanny references!) We went to good old Leo's, which will mean nothing to you unless you're from Michigan, but it's the best. 


Actually, there's so much good food from Michigan, we basically ate all weekend...like we always do when we're home. Johns Dad really wanted to go to Frankenmuth (which is basically a little German town, big tourist destination) and I hadn't been there since high school, so we did that later on Friday for a late lunch/early dinner. (Why is there not a name for that??)


I really wasn't planning on drinking but she went, "oh, our bloody marys are REALLY GOOD" so I was like, alright. (Also the waitress totally had an accent to me. I was going to comment on it, then I realized, duh...we're in Michigan.) But yeah, I don't understand how anyone could eat this and a meal afterwards, haha. (Notice I said "eat" lol.) This place is famous for their chicken dinners, so I just got two pieces of chicken (fried, omg) and mashed potatoes and dressing. So simple sounding, but it was really, really good. It's probably more of the atmosphere of this place that makes it special. After we ate, John and his Dad went into the bar to watch the MSU basketball game and his Mom and I went walking down the street in and out of all the shops. I could smell the fudge almost right away (Michigan fudge >......everything) so I knew I needed to get some. I wanted to just get one plain chocolate, but it was buy three, get one free....so we got four. 


Later that night (after I went home and napped lol) Johns best friend and his girlfriend came over to say hi, and I tried to force everyone to eat all this fudge and instead I just sat there and kept slicing off little bites for myself, haha. Also John totally brought his favorite Texas beer home to make everyone drink. 

It was Friday night that Johns brother came over to stay the rest of the weekend too, and with him came Ted's new BFF/boyfriend according to John, haha - Brody the bulldog. So, as I've talked about a million times before, Ted is just so obsessed with other dogs. And he would not leave Brody alone from the moment he got there. He basically licked his face raw, and the poor bulldog would just lay down and let Ted do it, so we had to start separating them every so often so Ted would chill the f*ck out. 


Like, this looks really bad, but we had to trap him in the TV room to give the other dog a break. Brody the bulldog liked Ted, and he's not too much older, but he just was not as intense as Teddy is. First thing Saturday morning Ted ran out of our room and started all over again with Brody. It was kind of annoying....and we also learned that Ted has NO clue what it's like to live in a  house. We kept putting him out on the deck and we would open the sliding glass door and he would just stand there so confused because he's never seen a door that didn't just open and close. And then we went into this giant fake plant and took out a giant fake wood chip and wanted to munch on it, haha. There's a few other examples I can think of, but this is only the 5 minute recap...not the 25 minute. So I'll move on...

Saturday morning I took Ted over to my sisters house so that he could meet her lab, Hugo. (Ok, so there is more about Ted....sorry.) And I was actually really nervous he would be super wild, but I think he behaved pretty well. Her lab is way bigger than Ted so luckily Ted couldn't take him over so easily. And I got to see my sisters nursery and she fed me those giant Costco blueberry muffins, which are the most amazing thing in the world that I never buy. (I think it's pretty obvious that I'm overly obsessed with food...) 

Saturday was more family time at Johns parents, and not to continue to talk about food....but we went out to his Dad's favorite place so he could get his favorite ribs. I can't believe it, but I didn't even get a single picture of Johns Dad and that's the whole reason we were there!! I did however get him on my snapchat while we were waiting for our table, but this doesn't really represent him very well.....


Hahahaha. OH, and thank you everyone for finally teaching me how to use these filters!! I always wanted to face swap with John, and I could probably do it once a day forever and still be entertained. I had no idea what I would look like with a beard...

So anyways, that's about it! It's always too short, but we hope to be back maybe later on this summer. (Depending on if we're moving or not....which is starting to look like a no, lol, so we will see...)

Until next time, xx.

15 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a nice trip. From Canada, we sometimes go to Frankenmuth to the Christmas store and it takes us a good 4 fours to drive there. We only stay for the day so it makes for a very long day! I will have to keep this restaurant in mind, it sounds awesome. Plus Kevin makes us a caesar pretty much every night and he has mastered them so it is hard to find one in the restaurants that I like more now lol. P.S. Now I want fudge :)

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    1. YES you have to go next time! It's a really cool experience. They have like "all you can eat" chicken dinners and it's so fun. (I didn't do it because I got the giant drink first...but it's the way to go.) And the Christmas store is pretty amazing. We walked though it, but it was pretty much empty. And I don't really get into the Christmas spirit until the fall, so I was like....get me out of here. It's a bit overwhelming.

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  2. Omggg Zehnders! We went to a wedding there this summer and dinner was a fried chicken buffet and I ate so.much.food. I felt sick for like two days after lol! And I think next time you come to Michigan you need to stop in Kalamazoo for a puppy plate date!!

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    1. LOL my MIL kept trying to get me to get the all-you-can-eat dinner and I was like, no no no no. I was glad I stuck with my small plate. I swear though, it's THE best fried chicken I've ever had. Even better than down here lol. And I would DIE to get Ted and Brady together lol. They would be hilarious.

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  3. What a fun weekend! I still can't figure out the dang snapchat filters...sigh...

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    1. I totally just thought I didn't have enough trophies for them or something. Just touch and keep your finger on the screen until the little circles pop up at the bottom. It works like....50% of the time though lol. You'll have to make the baby a puppy!!!

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  4. sorry to hear about john's dad; glad he's going to be OK. looks like you had a nice little trip, that sunset pic is BUH NA NAS.

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    1. Oh girl I was proud of it. AND I swear it made me think of your pictures lol!

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    1. So fricking cute right! I think I just love little girl names, boys are much harder.

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    2. AND I forgot, that was my favorite part of your video, "WHAT ARE WE GOING TO NAME HER????" Hahaha.

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  6. looks like you had a fabulous weekend with family. you and your step sister definitely look alike ;) and the name Kennedy is gorgeous! that bloody mary looks intense. the chicken dinner sounds so good! i am super hungry now thanks haha!

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    1. I'm pretty sure blogging is like mostly food, I always end up hungry reading everyones weekend posts and vacation posts...and really just any post lol. BTW your snap yesterday was so funny about the cat condo lol!! Maybe you can get the cats together to play date lol??

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  7. I don't have time for an actual comment since Jackson is freaking out, but I just wanted to say that Kennedy Elizabeth was the name we picked out for a girl! I actually thought Jackson WAS a girl till his ultrasound, so I called him Kennedy all the time. So, if we have a girl, we'll have a Jackson and a Kennedy. Very presidential of us.

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    1. OMG Jackson and Kennedy would be adorable!!!!!

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