safely rolled into michigan this afternoon with a bit of bittersweetness as our road adventures came to a close and new ones began.

so grateful for a safe trip. and still smiling from all our adventures and stories…

we rolled in around four and papa welcomed us with fresh michigan strawberries after which puppy took a twirl in the washer and i took a twirl in the longest, hottest shower ever.

oh am i ever exhausted…

so we rested for a bit…and took a long walk down to this lovely field of wildflowers where lainey picked three to bring back to papa and carefully clutched them in her tiny hands the entire walk back, running straight to papa on her return to bestow her gifts.

and then we set out to meet my sister and her girls downtown lansing for
some amazing jazz from this talented little thing…esperanza spalding.

we sat right in front, huddled under a tent while it rained around us…lainey snuggled in my lap and surrounded by cousins…listening to good jazz in the dark with distant lightning accompanying. beautious, it was.

and then a late ice cream treat downtown east lansing.

and my sister’s new place? can’t stop smiling. it’s just as quaint and funky as she is and practically every inch of this warm little home is bedecked in finds she scoured from goodwill and thrift shops. so we settled in with popcorn and a movie and cousin’ lovins.

(atop the couch? those are old record covers she found at goodwill…24 cents a piece.)

it’s a pecan-sticky-bun morning tomorrow…and i can’t go to sleep fast enough just so i can wake up again…with my sister. and three girls i miss so much…lovin’ on my girl. there will be coffee. and absolute fabulousness.

i’m in heaven.


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  1. And there is no greater joy for a parent than to see his children as dear friends…many years after they stopped living in the same home! Enjoy…and Lainey is phenomenally good, resilient, transportable with the same sunny little personality! She is Somer again!

  2. There is nothing like waking up with your sister and cousins hanging out while your sipping coffee TOGETHER:) Have a great morning! COFFEE CHEERS!

  3. Glad you made it to MI safely! And so glad you, Heidi, P, B, and LL had such a fun road trip. Those memories will last a lifetime! :)

    LOVE the pics of LL…so sweet! ENJOY your time w/your family!

    P.S. – Carin’s house looks adorable, and her girls are getting so big! Give Sydney a “Chinese Pig” for me!

  4. why did this post get me all choked up? maybe b/c i now how happy you must be being with your sister, and surrounded by family love!

    have a great vacay…

  5. awe that last photo is fantastic. glad you are there…enjoy your family! And, Lainey in those flowers? She is so big! Thanks for my esperanza text! It made my morning.

  6. I love the photos of Lainey in the wildflowers–so beautiful! Glad you are having good family time. Avi and I are doing a much shorter version next week when we go down to Santa Barbara for my nephew’s baptism. Can’t wait for a little road trip/family time.

    Happy Father’s Day to your men!

  7. aw. i love that last pic of us on our trip. sad its over, but i guess it had to end. we rocked out our roadtrip. we squeezed every last drop of fun out of it and i am proud of us.

    can’t wait until next year, when we have four kids on our roadtrip with us!!!!!!!

    these pics in the wildflowers are beautiful!!!!!

    funny…i’m sitting in carin’s house right now…you just fell asleep with lainey in the chair. weird that we are hangin’ out in michigan..love it!

  8. yay for sister bonding! soak it in, i know you will. love how carin’s decorated her new pad! Awesome finds!

    and isnt the ergo the best baby carrier!

    love the wildflower pics, now i’m off to eat a strawberry!

  9. So glad you made it safe. Being with family there is nothing better. I love your sister’s new place. Enjoy your family.

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