Leading up to/during our recent venture down south, we were afforded the good opportunity to spend some past due and much appreciated time with family.
Around Labor Day we were finally able to share northwest Michigan with Jim’s parents when they flew up from GA to pay us a visit. After realizing we might have a tendency to really drag our guests around a bit when we’re fortunate enough to have them, we were eager to conjure up a better mix of low-key exploration for this gathering.
All told, we ended up visiting Empire, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Northport, Peterson Park, Grand Traverse Light House, Old Mission Peninsula and (naturally) downtown Traverse City in the four days they were here. So, yes, as I read that back to myself, it does sound like we may have (definitely) missed that ‘low-key’ mark, but I’m happy to report that everyone had a great time 🙂
And honestly? All of those beautiful (and appreciated!) places aside, my favorite part was the now-familiar walk we took around our neighborhood before heading to the airport their last day here. I love aimless meandering, so I was pleased when Jim’s mom suggested a walkabout. It was then, at the safe conclusion of a successful trip, that Jim and I loosened up enough to acknowledge the liberating power of the parental seal of approval that we’d quietly been holding out for. 😉
Just a few weeks later we were able to court the same good company (this time on their terrain) and much more when we trekked to the Atlanta office, with side ventures into LA (lower Alabama) and Middle Georgia tacked on. This trip was unique in that we honestly almost got to see everyone, with the exception of a handful of regretful missed opportunities left to be re-attempted on our next southern excursion.
Jackson got in oodles of time with his cousins – a portion of which included his first encounter with pregnancy, care of my oldest younger sister, Rebecca (due soon!), who’s baby shower was in swing the weekend we were in town. A couple of cute take-aways: 1) My son is pretty sure babies get in tummies because ladies eat them. (A concept he seemed not-at-all distressed by.) 2) There is something pretty adorable about watching a toddler ‘high-five’ and whisper to his unborn cousin (unprovoked, even). 😉
Tack onto that some witticism-infused quality time with our extended work family, a refreshing dose of Shockplate care of a well-conjured rehearsal reunion, and even more friends-that-are-family here in MI to come back to, and you've got what feels like quite the blessed circle 🙂