Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday weekend. Mine was fantastic as we spent the weekend up north in Traverse City with my parents and family. We filled our time eating, laughing, shopping, and of course celebrating Easter.
Friday started with Mitch’s check-up, which went great. He hit 30 pounds and is starting to outpace his track for height. We came home, packed up and hit the road. Although Mitch didn’t take much of a nap, we had a nice easy four-hour drive up to my parents. We unpacked and let Henry and Mitch run around to burn off some energy while I unpacked.
Once my parents came home from work, we dug into a delicious dinner and then piled in the car for my one ‘must-do’ – ice cream at Bardons. Bardons was a staple in my youth: we went when the softball team won our game or on a warm summer day with my friends, Bardons epitomizes summer in Traverse City to me. I heard from my brother that they opened for the season, so off we went!
Mitch is definitely finding his sweet tooth and had no problem digging into his vanilla ice cream with sprinkles. It was a great start to the weekend.
Saturday started on a high as well. Traverse city has a strong food scene with amazing culinary creations and unique locations all adding to the experience. My mom mentioned a new brunch spot that has become a favorite for her and my dad, so we decided to start our day at Red Spire.
Located inside of the Commons, Red Spire is a bright and cheerful meeting place that has exploded in popularity. Only open for two months with no marketing, you can expect a wait as the word of mouth has spread about the amazing dishes.
What I loved most about the menu is the approach to food – your favorites done to perfection. I went with a veggie omelette that was one (if not the best) I have ever had. The veggies were grilled adding an amazing texture and flavor inside of the fluffy eggs. Mitch went for blueberry pancakes and I definitively snagged a few bites – they took the cake!
After brunch we wandered around the commons to explore the Farmers Market and then made our way out to visit my brother. Shane coaches tennis at our high school and was busy on Saturday hosting a tennis tournament for the girls team.
We spent some time watching the meet and then caught up with Shane during a break. Shane has such an infectious personality that is hard to deny, but kids, specifically his niece and nephews, are deeply in love with him. Mitch jumped into Uncle Shane’s arms as they tickled, laughed and watched tennis, which Mitch kept insisting was his turn to try.
We said our goodbyes and they boys headed home to put Mitch down for a nap, while my mom and I took to spend the afternoon together. We grabbed chai lattes and did a good amount of shopping downtown. A new store opened that carries Joanna Gain’s line of home decor! As you can imagine, we spent a lot of time perusing. From there, we grabbed a few items from the grocery store for Easter and then headed home to see the boys.
The night was spent grabbing our favorite buggers from a local spot and early bedtimes all around!
Easter was filled with fun and celebration. Mitch is finally at the age where he understands and is interested in some of the activities.
We started with his basket, which the bunny filled with games, a few sweets and new trains! I know Mitch’s deep love for trains, but he was completely hooked on his three new Thomas the Train engines and played with them for the rest of the day.
Once the basket was opened, we moved into the egg hunt. Mitch quickly spotted the eggs that I placed inside and several outside as well. It was the perfect activity to burn off the morning energy he had built up!
My brother, sister-in-law and nephew arrived around 9:30 am for brunch and Easter celebrations. The next few hours were spent laughing so hard as we watched Mitch and Bennett play together. They’re six days apart in age and are such a comedy act together.
My mom and dad prepared a Easter dinner complete with a pork roast, rice pilaf, asparagus and my mom’s Easter sugar cookies. Soon after, we said our goodbyes so we could get on the road for the trip home. It was sad to leave, but we had an amazing time celebrating with my family.
What did you do for Easter weekend?
Favorite thing to find in your Easter basket?
I love to find my mom’s sugar cookies and Cadbury eggs!!