Since the last time I had a 3-day weekend was in the middle of February, and since the final day of that weekend was spent driving the 8 hours from Oshkosh, Wisconsin to Brighton, Michigan I was determined to get the most out of last weekend. And I’m feeling pretty good about how it went.
Saturday morning Kelly and I headed to downtown Brighton to the farmer’s market. Evidently there aren’t very many farmers in Brighton as there were only two vegetable stands – but there were several flower stands, jewelry stands, and tacky craft stands. We opted for the Harvest bread store, instead. Kelly ordered an iced coffee and a piece of bread; I ordered a chocolate chip cookie (a really great mid-morning snack). The girl handed me the coffee and started to walk away. I had to remind her that I still needed to pay and that Kelly had also asked for a piece of bread. Deciding to be content with her getting the piece of bread for Kelly, I just let the cookie idea pass. Sigh.
After milling around town for the next hour or so we headed to the English Gardens nursery where we bought a rose bush for the back yard. Back at home Kelly planted the bush and worked to create a new flower bed while I ripped out bushes and mowed the lawn and got into a water fight with the kids who were supposedly washing the car.
Saturday night we ate out on the deck and received a text message from Grandma who was taunting us by showing us a picture of the swimming pool that she was enjoying – and that we were missing. Not very nice. Returning evil for evil we texted her a picture of our awesome meal – then we headed to Putterz in Ypsilanti where yours truly won, followed by Allie, Lindsay, Luke and one other member of the family that I won’t mention because I don’t want to embarrass her. And we texted Grandma a picture of that, too. Then we headed to the Washtenaw Dairy
for some ice cream – except for Luke who doesn’t like ice cream but who was quite excited to find that the store sold white cheddar popcorn and lemonade. Yep, we texted another picture to Grandma to show her what she was missing. Then on the way home we saw a sign for “Aaron’s party” so we all got out and took a picture of that, too, to remind Grandma how much fun we were having without her. (Don’t tell her that we really didn’t crash the party – we just took the picture.)
Sunday morning was church. Sunday afternoon all the girls went shopping while I took a nap. And the dog only woke me up twice. Then after dinner Kelly and I headed for Kensington Metro Park and walked about 5 miles along Kent Lake. It was beautiful.
Monday morning we hopped in the van and drove to Grand Rapids (the place of my birth – you probably didn’t need to know that but the trip left me feeling somewhat sentimental) to meet the grandparents (the ones who don’t send mean text pictures) at a Jonny B’z Dogs and More, a brand new restaurant venture recently undertaken by two people who always inspire me with their faith, and that I am kind of related to – Jon and Ginger Goad. I ordered a BBQ brisket sandwich which was phenomenal and Kelly ordered what she called the best hot dog she’s ever eaten. So the next time you are in southeast Grand Rapids…
Later, Kelly and I headed for Borders where I spent a long time trying to figure out what book to buy with my 40% off coupon and my 2-year-old gift card which still had $2.86 left on it. Then we capped off the weekend playing Rook and Dutch Blitz with the kids. I can’t tell you who won because we didn’t keep score – and yes, I think that’s kind of lame, too.
And that was the best three days I’ve had in a long time.
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