Just a few more things I can't leave out that made our trip to Michigan complete:
1. My besties (and former college roommates) and our husbands took a quick two day trip to Ohio, leaving our collective 8 children behind. There is nothing more refreshing than a full 48 hours of nonstop laughing without worrying about the needs of our small children.
The main purpose for our trip was to spend the day at Cedar Point; only the best theme park in the entire world. Since there was no way I was hauling my camera around with me all day, I present Cedar Point in Instas.
The Top Thrill Dragster is by far my favorite ride. Look at that thing! Straight up and straight back down. I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie. We were all exhausted and feeling a little sick before we even hit the dinner hour. None of us minded calling it a day. We rode everything we wanted and we didn't mind starting that five hour drive a bit earlier. But it's always a little depressing to discover that our stomachs aren't what they once were.
2. My ten year class reunion was scheduled a week after my brother's reception, so we made it work to attend. I am one of those people who loved high school. I cried when it ended. It was pretty interesting to see how people I haven't kept in touch with over the years have changed and become themselves since then.
Troy was even a good sport and came with me, which I was so happy about. In fact, that was my Christmas present last year. A typed note, sealed in an envelope, informing me that he would attend my reunion without complaining. I'm not even kidding. He followed through, and I think he may have even enjoyed the food and company. Not that I was surprised. He is always more outgoing and at ease in those types of situations than I am.
My best friend from High School, Abby, and I spent hours catching up earlier in the week, but it's always nice to have another excuse to get together.
3. The boys left the state on a high note when the pilot on our puddle jumper flight invited them into the cockpit, and told them they could push "whatever buttons they wanted."
It was kind of a dangerous invitation, but the pilot ensured us that they couldn't mess anything up.
And with that, we headed home with a sea of memories and a summer well spent with people we adore.