Michigan Vacation!

The kids and I flew to Michigan for our summer vacation this year!  The kids were really excited, especially because we normally drive.

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It was a bit of an adventure flying there, as our original flight was cancelled while we waited at the gate, and we had to book a new flight on a different airline.  We eventually made it, though!

It was a really nice, relaxing vacation.  The kids loved swimming with Kacee in the lake (while I “sunned” lol):

My mom took us to the “Ribbit Exhibit” at Dow Gardens, which sent us on a fun scavenger hunt!

And we helped Grandma with her puzzles.  (We became slightly obsessed, actually, and had to buy her more!)

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At the end of the week, the kids got to stay with Grandma and Grandpa while I drove to Chicago for the weekend!  (See next post!)

Visit from Jeff & Julia!

My “baby” brother Jeff and his wife Julia were in Austin for a few days so Jeff could do a Spartan race.  Because he’s crazy.

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But while he was in town we were able to see a bit of Austin… eating out, going to Graffiti Park and checking out the bats on the Congress Ave. bridge:

I also managed to steal the kids from their dad for a bit Sunday morning so we could hang out.  Of course they had to take their Uncle Jeff and Aunt Julia to a Texas-sized donut at Round Rock Donuts.  Then we walked around downtown Round Rock for a bit and came back to play board games.

It was awesome seeing them again.  It was their first time coming to visit!  So exciting!

London Adventure: New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year! My cousin Jamianne took us to breakfast at Wolseley to start the day.  Apparently there are lots of celebrity sightings there, but we had no such luck. From there we headed to the Tower of London for the Beefeater Tour! Very cool.

Things were crazy around our hotel today because it’s located right across from Trafalgar Square, which is a really popular place for New Year’s Eve partying. Because of this we headed back to do some shopping in the area (Covent Gardens). On the way we swung by Buckingham Palace, which is literally right down the road from our hotel!

While out shopping, we asked someone to take our pic at the cool phone booths here, which I’ve been trying to do all week!

The New Year’s Eve party was a bust but it was great people watching and it was nice to ring in the new year together. We left after the fireworks and are currently enjoying our sandwiches in bed (thanks to Katie for thinking ahead and ordering them to go earlier)!

This is unfortunately the end of our journey, as we head back to the states tomorrow.

Cheers to 2018!

London Adventure: Day 3

We started our day today at Westminster Abbey. We couldn’t take pictures inside but it was spectacular! When we walked up the guide said, “Let me guess… Americans?” We asked how he knew and he said, “I watch a lot of Cops. Whatcha gonna do?” (which sounds way cooler in a British accent). Of course we joined in and sang the rest of the song. Yes… in Westminster Abbey. Because we’re classy like that.

Katie is upholding her local status wherever we go, as today a Londoner asked her if he was on the right platform. Of course out came a resounding, confident, “Yes!” and then I said… “Are you sure?”

After Westminster we met my cousin Jamianne Trerice for lunch at the Victoria and Albert museum, which was great! I hadn’t seen her since I was a kid, and I got to meet 2 of her daughters! Katie and I explored some of the museum, which had some really cool displays. We had some fun in the theatre section and even found some New Year’s Eve hats!

Finally, we ended the day with a BANG. Hamilton.

Omigod…. Hamilton.

Absolutely, unbelievably amazing. We can’t stop talking about it. We laughed, we cried (I ugly cried)…. Katie gave it 5 stars because, “Not once did I think, ‘Is it over yet?’”

God I’m glad she has me to culture her.