June 4, 2012

A quick trip to the mitten state

This past weekend we went on our first vacation as a family of three! Philip was officiating a wedding in Ohio so we decided to make a trip out of it. Since we have several weddings this summer (10 to be exact) we won't have much time for family trips. Instead we will be taking in small tourist attractions throughout the summer!

We enjoyed celebrating with our student's Mark and April as they pledged their love to one another before friends, family and God. The ceremony was beautiful and the reception fun. Joel really enjoyed his FIRST wedding!
Us with the happy couple :)

Joel enjoyed the Candy Buffet!

While this wasn't Joel's first time to the great mitten state, we were still excited to take him to some of our favorite places and meet some of our favorite people. On the way to Ohio we stopped for lunch at an A&W and not the kind that is attached to a Long John Silvers, this was the real deal. I even got a rootbeer float in a frosted mug!

After the wedding, which I will share more about in my next post, we drove up to Detroit to stay with my grandparents for a few days. Here Joel got to meet his great grandpa Ted (1/2 of his middle namesake), a few of his great aunts, and 2nd cousins, and my best friend from high schools parents.

Joel meets Great Grandpa Ted :)

Joel and Joel :) There were actually 3 Joel's at the BBQ!

After a quick visit in Detroit and a stop at Tim Horton's for an Iced Capp we were off to the west side of the state. Joel was a real trooper with all this car riding, but Monday was the icing on the cake, he slept the entire 3 hour ride to Phil's grandparents. This year the annual Memorial day gathering was special because we were back at the farm! Phil's grandparents have owned a beautiful blueberry farm for more than 30 years. A few years back though they decided to try and sell the farm and settle down in a condo for a more relaxed lifestyle. Well the housing market crashed, and it turns out they like to be busy farming -- so here we are 5 years later back at the farm. It was a perfect day with family, baseball and LOTS of food. Then we settled in for a night of sleeping with the windows open, the breeze blowing and the crickets of the countryside chirping. I could have stayed there forever, and I actually offered that to Phil in the am, but he declined :(  
Grandpa Scott, Phil, Joel and Uncle Kevin

Joel's first trip to the Farm :)

Thanks for reading along! We can't wait to update you on more of our adventures!

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