Good morning and happy MLK Day.
Phil has the day off, so we are enjoying a long weekend (the best kind).
The weekend kicked off with a lazy Friday night including pizza and the DVR. It is real wild and crazy around here, folks. But a babe that started teething at 15 weeks will do crazy things to your energy level.
Saturday was declared a family day. We jumped in the car and pointed due north for Frankenmuth. If you are unfamiliar, Frankenmuth is an adorable Bavarian town that sits in mid-Michigan. Year-round the city is sporting German flags, horse-drawn carriage rides, covered bridges and Christmas time year round.
Phil and I typically make a trip to Frankenmuth at the end of the year so we can visit Bronners, the world’s largest Christmas store, to select a few items including our annual ornament. Being that we have a new babe, trips were not on our radar. But now that the hustle of the season is behind us and Mitchell has passed the three month mark, we thought it was time to make our annual trip.
The day started at Zehnders, a beautiful restaurant on main street that also has gift shops and is where our best friends got married! A stop at Zehnders is a highlight during the day so you can experience the traditional family-style chicken dinner. Basically, you sit down to endless rounds of traditional German sides and all you can eat chicken that is the best fried chicken you will ever have (and that is coming from a girl who does not eat fried chicken!).
This year we decided to skip the restaurant and enjoy an on-the-go version in the cafe located downstairs. I am pretty sure Mitchell was excited.
After lunch we roamed main street and Fountain Walk before making our way to Bronners.
Bronners is a huge store (think Macys) filled from top to bottom with Christmas decor, ornaments, trees, and anything you could possibly need (or not need) pertaining to Christmas.
It is difficult to know where to look!
We have spent hours in Bronners in years past, but this year we put Mitchell in his sling and took a nice slow lap around the store so he could see all of the lights and colors. He was in awe! Mitchell loved our Christmas tree, so it was fun to show him another tree. OK, hundreds of trees. It is possible our kid wont see straight.
We always select one ornament a year that represents something we did, somewhere we visited or anything that will help us remember the year. So it is no surprise that we went with a newborn ornament. I cannot think of anything that would be more appropriate for 2014. It was the year of the baby!
It was so much fun to get out of the house and experience one of our traditions with Mitchell.
Sunday was a low key day with cleaning, a trip to the gym, visit from my sister, niece and brother in law and a taco party. And I am guessing today will be a nice mix of relaxing and a few errands to round out the long weekend.
What are your plans for the day?
Do you have any fun cities around you?
Grilled, fried or baked chicken?