Good morning, friends! We are back into our weekly routine and I am missing slow days at the beach with family. Luckily, I can enjoy the trip a second time with my recaps! So, if you missed the first half, you can catch up here. Otherwise, here we go!
We planned a beach day for Wednesday, however, it seems two days without a nap caught up to Mitch. On our way to grab lunch to take to the beach, Mitch fell asleep on the car ride and we called uncle. He was so tired he actually transferred from the car to bed – something I have never seen before! Phil and I dug into lunch and spent the afternoon relaxing, which wasn’t a bad way to spend the day!
In the evening, everyone arrived to my parent’s house for family dinner. The kids spent most of the night running around playing games while we dug into organic handmade burritos! My mom had a chef from one of our favorite local restaurants create one of her favorite meals for us to enjoy. We all dug in and loved the unique flavors and fresh quality!
Thursday morning the guys were up early for a tee time so I made another attempt at time in the water. Mitch and I packed up and headed downtown for the afternoon. Once Mitch spotted the splash pad, there was little turning back. He spent an hour jumping in puddles, running through the spray and belly laughing.
The only way I could pull him out was with the bribe of a sweet treat. He is certainly my kid!
We wandered over to the kid’s area to play until meeting up with the rest of the family for lunch at the Open Space. Once we were full, it was time for the dog jumping contest. The kids lasted in the bleachers for about 20 minutes before begging the dads to hold them up closer. They loved watching the dogs leap into the water and equally enjoyed being splashed.
Mitch was pretty spent but couldn’t leave without making his project at the Home Depot kids station. And the Cherry Festival court ended up sharing the table with the kiddos.
Mitch went down for a nap not long after and I headed off for an hour at the spa. I love the spa in Traverse and like to find a minute to sneak away for massage or facial if I can. Phil stayed back while Mitch napped and I enjoyed one of the most amazing massages.
I actually had a prenatal massage and was absolutely crazy for the soft pillow-like device they had for me to rest on. The entire service was spent on my belly and I literally felt as though I wasn’t even pregnant thanks to the support of the pillow and amazing masseuse!
That night, my parents (grandma and grandpa) watched all of the grandkids so the siblings and their spouses could enjoy a night out. We tried a new-to-me spot that did not disappoint! We spent the entire dinner talking and laughing – it was so wonderful to spend time with the people I love so much.
The night got away from us and before long we saw midnight and headed home.
Friday ended up being another quiet day. Phil had an event most of the day and Mitch spent the morning and afternoon playing with his cousins. I headed over after the adult night out and found everyone once again running around having the time of their lives. I tell you, kids don’t need much to have fun.
That night, Phil and I attended a party at Red Ginger that was so much fun. We spent a few hours talking and enjoying the delicious appetizers, and of course, the view! Red Ginger sits on the Boardman River and also overlooks the water. It was a gorgeous night, which made for a stunning sunset – the company wasn’t shabby either.
The main Cherry Festival parade takes place on Saturday. Phil scored tickets in the VIP tent, so we all gathered downtown and enjoyed the parade together while staying cool in the shade and enjoying a buffet lunch.
The parade ended and we decided to head to the beach to finally get in our time at the water. We spent the entire afternoon at the beach and were even joined by my Uncle Craig and Aunt Margaret and cousin Will who were in from Seattle.
The kids moved from the water to sandhills to snacks and then started all over again. It was so fun to watch them play and see all of their personalities together.
Not long before 5pm, we headed home and Mitch once again fell asleep in the car. Little did we know that would be the end of the day for him. He slept for three hours, woke for about 45 minutes to get changed and read a book before falling right back asleep. We had to pass on our evening plans and ordered food in and also called it an early night.
We had an amazing week on vacation, one that I will remember for years to come. Watching Mitch play, explore, and experience so many new things was the best part.
And now, we are all struggling to get back in the swing of things and answer Mitch’s daily questions of where his cousins are today. Ha.