Our trip to Michigan was a quick one, but it was so much fun. I’m still recovering! We had a 6 am flight Wednesday morning, and that was a little rough getting out of the house at 4:30 am. We were pretty nervous to fly with two kids, but everyone along the way was so friendly and supportive. It was so refreshing! Thankfully we only had one meltdown, and everything else went pretty smoothly. We were lucky enough to be traveling with my parents, sister, aunt, and uncle, so there was plenty of help with the kids!
The day after we flew in, we spent a few hours touring the campus with my brother after lunch. It’s my second time seeing it, but it is so beautiful with all of the amazing architecture. You just don’t see that in California! Mike wore Charlotte in the baby wrap and we didn’t hear a peep out of her the whole time. You can see in the photos that it was a pretty rainy day, but we still managed to see all the sights. One of my favorite things to see were the libraries and study halls- there is so much detail and they remind me of something out of a Harry Potter movie!
Of course we had to drive by the Big House, even though it was closed. If we had planned a little better we could have taken a tour- maybe next time! I was lucky enough to go to a game last time I visited by brother and it’s the experience of a lifetime. We ended the night at a local steakhouse, and stayed up way too late. (I don’t think we every really adjusted to Michigan time)
Friday was the big day, and we were all so excited to see my brother graduate. He’s been working towards this goal for a long time and been in dental school for four years. Obviously we’re all pretty proud of him! The ceremony was about two hours long, and I was up a bunch of times. Ben and I walked around and toured the auditorium so he could get of his seat, and of course Charlotte needed her diaper changed twice. I did get to see my brother get “robed” (when they put the doctorate sash on) and walk across the stage, and that was the most important part. I love this picture I captured of Ben and my brother- we was so excited to see him walk by and wanted to run and say hi ;). The whole experience was amazing- from the beautiful auditorium, to the organ music, to seeing my brother graduate. It was such an exhausting experience, but one I wouldn’t trade! After spending the afternoon celebrating with the whole family, we had to pack up and get ready to head back home. Thankfully packing up to head home is so much easier, all you have to do is throw it all back in the suitcase! We had another early flight that morning, and I don’t think I got more than a couple hours of sleep.
The flights back were easy, and we ended up back in Sacramento at 9:30 am with the time change. We all took a 3 hour nap and went to bed early! I’m thankful it all went so smoothly and we had so much fun.
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