We don't get to take many vacations alone together, with no kids in tow. With 3 little kids, this is next to impossible.
This past weekend, we took a mini-vacation and went to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a Wolverines football game. We've been a few other times. We flew out Friday morning and returned Sunday morning. It is always a whirlwind trip, and I wouldn't call it "relaxing" since we function on little sleep all weekend. We had to leave home at 3:30 a.m. to make our flight out. Josh's mother spent the night with us so she could get the kids up and on the bus to school the next morning.
Aside from the lack of sleep, we had a great time. And missed the kids terribly. Cameron was probably the most upset. He is not used to us going away, even for a few days. He texted me Saturday from Honey's phone "I miss you" and "what time are you comeing (his actual spelling) home on Sunday?"
The weather on Friday was perfect. Mid-50s. Sunny. We spent the day walking around downtown and around campus. It was very crowded because it was Parents Week. It is so pretty in Ann Arbor in the Fall.
We took a tour of Crisler Center (the basketball arena) and the football stadium. It was pretty crazy being the only people in the empty stadium. It's a beautiful place, majestic.
Josh had done his research, as always, and found a few highly recommended places to visit. We had lunch at Mr. Spots (voted best wings in Ann Arbor). Truly, they were fabulous. And the chili cheese fries. Oh.my.god. Waffle fries with real homemade chili.
Our next stop was Ashley's. A bar that bragged about its' 70 different brews on tap. I ordered a Bud Light and was given their "lightest lager" instead. I am not much of an experimental beer connoisseur, but it was pretty good.
At Red Hawk, I ordered a Maize & Blue martini.
We shopped at MDen and picked out Wolverines basketball jerseys for the boys. Isabella got Michigan beads (since she loves necklaces and Mommy could also wear them for the game).
Game day weather was not so great. We woke up to rain. And it rained off & on the entire day. Temperature was in the low-40s but "feels like 38".
We stopped for ponchos and beer. The game was at 3:30. We tailgated in our favorite spot - the golf course. It costs $40 to tailgate there but it is by far worth it. Except when you spend the majority of the tailgate in the car because it is FREEZING and drizzling. And you have no chairs. And no food.
As is Josh's style, he made friends with our "neighbors" who had a tent and a grill and were nice enough to make us hamburgers.
Despite the weather, and the fact that it actually hailed for about 3 minutes, we still had a good time. Just being around all the Michigan fans and the atmosphere is a great experience.
We won. And it was a pretty exciting game. It rained for most of the first half. We drank lots of coffee to stay warm. We missed our favorite part - when they play Journey's Don't Stop Believing.
I won't lie and say I wasn't excited about coming home. To warm coastal weather. To my bed. And to my babies. Who were so happy to have us home. Bella wouldn't leave my side the first 24 hours.
And if you were wondering, my husband totally wore these pants on the trip home. On the airplane. Through 3 airports - in Detroit, in Charlotte, and in Norfolk.
We made it home just in time for Cameron's double header baseball game. To say we were zombies the rest of the day is putting it mildly.
It was a nice weekend just the two of us. But I told Josh next time, he can take a friend instead.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, wine, video games, and bath time. I started this blog because I am passionate about photography and journaling, and because I wanted a place to write it all down, to rememeber little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.