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Visit to Michigan - Getting There and Being There

A few weeks ago we did our biannual trip to Michigan to see my entire family. Our flights there went amazingly well. I am pretty sure it is the first time we have flown to Michigan since living on PEI that we did not have any problems. We had only one stop, but it was a rather long lay over. So we walked pretty much the entire airport. They had a nice kids play area, so we stayed there for a bit and let the kids run. They enjoyed it.

While in Michigan, we had just a few family events. My dad's side of the family had their Christmas party one evening and almost everyone was able to make it.

The kids and Great- Grandma.

All of the great- grand children and Great-Grandma.
We also had a baby shower for my sister who is due in February. It was a great chance to see many of my aunts and cousins, several of whom I had not seen in over 5 years.

We did a few fun things with just my family as well. We visited The Critter Barn, a really nice petting farm with a lot of different animals. They do a live nativity several times a day during the Christmas season, so that was nice to see as well.

Mataya liked to look at all the animals from a distance, but she could not be convinced to touch them.

An attempt at a family picture
The guys of the family (including Joash) did a few other outings including visiting a turkey farm that one of my uncles owns and bowling.

The ladies of the family stayed home a bit more since one of my sisters has a 5 week old baby. Mataya did a lot of reading with Grandma and her aunts.

And the newest member of our family, Connor.

Can you believe it? All three sisters were pregnant at the same time. My parents will have gained three more grandchildren in six months by the time our baby comes in late April/early May. It has been fun to be going through all of this together and to be able to support both of my sisters during their first pregnancy and becoming a mom.

And of course there was lots of gift opening, great food and fun games to be played by all. We had great week!


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