Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thanksgiving in Michigan!

Michael's brother and our sister-n-law Alison live in Michigan and are expecting a baby girl in January.  Since she is so close to her due date they were not able to travel for Thanksgiving so we decided to go up for a visit.  Usually we don't think twice about jumping on a plane but tickets were really expensive so we decided to make it a road trip.  The drive is around 12 hours and with Kellan along for the ride we split the time over 2 days.  Michael decided to avoid traffic on 95 so instead we traveled west through Virginia, then up through West Virginia, Ohio, and then into Michigan.  We left around 5:30 p.m. the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and stopped in Charleston, West Virginia to spend the night.  
Kellan at the hotel in Charleston on Wednesday morning.

We stayed in downtown Charleston so I had to snap a picture of the capital building before we got back on the road.
Kellan dancing for yeast rolls when we stopped for lunch somewhere in Ohio.  This boy loves to eat...
It was getting late and Matt and Alison had already eaten so we stopped in Jackson, Michigan to eat at Jaxon Pizza Factory.  Matt told us he had heard good things about it but had never eaten there himself.  We decided to give it a try and it turned out to be really good.  We ordered a pizza and halfed a coney dog to share.
Half everything and half cheese (Michael's was the cheese half but he shared with Kellan)
We got to Matt and Alison's Wednesday night and we were so glad to have that long drive behind us.  Kellan always does so well on trips but we are still surprised every time.  The only time he gets fussy is when he is hungry.  Most of the time he either sleeps, looks out the window, babbles to himself, looks at books or plays with whatever toy I hand him.  He's not always so perfect.  He does have moments where everything that I hand him gets immediately thrown but eventually he finds a way to entertain himself.
Here are a few pictures from the rest of our weekend in Michigan...

Matt cooked a delicious, traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, asparagus, and homemade cranberry sauce.
Somebody was getting impatient when we weren't feeding him fast enough.

Kellan LOVED playing with their cats Oscar and Meow.  The cats tolerated Kellan but were not quite as in love with him as he was with them. 
The high for a couple of days was around 34 degrees...it was COLD!  There were even snow flurries.
Daddy and Kellan watching The Muppet Movie before bedtime.
Daddy and Kellan hanging out at the record store while Uncle Matt was shopping.
Uncle Matt and Kellan
Kellan with Uncle Matt and Aunt Alison before we left to head home on Saturday night.  Kellan is holding Scout that they gave him for Christmas.  Scout calls Kellan by name, sings songs, asks him questions, and they even share avocados as their favorite food! 
Sleeping in the backseat with Scout on Sunday afternoon during the last leg of our trip.
 We stopped in Richmond for dinner at Cheesecake Factory before we finally made it home Sunday night.  The next time we see Matt and Alison, Kellan will have a new baby cousin Violet. We are so excited and can't wait to meet her!

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