Let the love flow. We've had a good year, praise God. A great year, actually. We celebrated by going to Frankenmuth for the weekend. We originally planned on going back to Traverse City and staying at the Cherry Tree like we did when we got married. Plans change. We roll with it. Frankenmuth is our special little place and we've never actually been there during a Fall weekend (we go in the winter, during February, when Jer proposed.) We thought it would be a nice change of scenery...and it was.
We started our day at home. We exchanged traditional paper gifts, some handmade wall art and a 52 Reasons Why I Love You card set for Jer and a gift certificate for 4d Ultrasound Photos for me, and we guaranteed another year or more of happiness in our marriage by eating a piece of our wedding cake. What? Of course eating year old cake guarantees happiness!
We headed out late morning/early afternoon. Our room was not ready for check-in so early so we spent a couple hours at Birch Run. We have a baby girl on the way, of course we need to shop. I bought a dress for the baby shower, Jer got some new jeans, and we searched for the perfect coming home outfit for Baby Nella. We didn't find that, but Daddy did buy her a dress that he loved and we picked out two new sleepers for her too. After shopping we went to our hotel, checked in and got ready to head to downtown Frankenmuth. We just relaxed. We enjoyed each other. We walked and talked and laughed and loved. We're pretty good at that.
For dinner we decided to venture out a bit. Neither of us are into the whole "chicken dinner" thing and we weren't feeling the other two restaurants that Birch Run offers. We realized that there was a Los Quatros Amigos about 20 minutes away. LQA was one of our home town favorites...before they closed up and turned into a Buffalo Wild Wings. Being so close to one, we had to go back. It was delicious! Even without my usual raspberry margarita. On our way back we ran into a little road block. The highway closed due to a detour and we hit a dead end. However, that dead end was right.in.front of FIREWORKS! It's our inside joke, and a fact, that Jer always finds us the best viewing spot for fireworks. Sometimes it is skill, sometimes it is pure luck. Either way, he never disappoints. This time was no different. He pulled over right on the side of the highway and we enjoyed a birds eye view of a local arena's fireworks display. It was the perfect ending to our evening.
After a good night's rest we were up early (me before him for a change...that's a pregnancy thing for me) and ready to start our day. We spent the day doing things we've not done together before. We went to the Animal Wildlife Park and to Huckleberry Railroad for their Halloween trick-or-treating event. We had a great day filled with more walking, talking, laughing (a lot) and loving.
We did get her something. We went to Bronner's (something J and I never do) and we bought her her Baby's First Christmas ornament. I can't believe we'll have a baby by Christmas!