|"Fasten that good Dad!"|
I was a little apprehensive about flying with the little dude, but it wasn't that bad at all. Having Kyle with me and not having other kids to chase down certainly made going through the airport and security do-able. I can't imagine traveling by myself with Jack or having 2 or 3 kids running around. The kid did get a little whinny on the plane, but thankfully he never got to the point of crying. It was just a 2 hour ride, so we were in Detroit before we knew it. We rented a car and set off toward my Aunt Lulu's house.
The following day, which was Friday, Kyle, Jack and I woke up, drank some coffee, and got ready. The weather was perfect. It was in the 60's with blue skies. I couldn't have gotten enough of it. Since we rented a car we could drive around wherever our little hearts desired. I took Kyle on the ultimate Oakland County tour. First we went to Meijer's where we bought some Faygo Pop, then drove past our old house on Teggerdine, ate some lunch at Big Boys pointed out Circus Circus, Brewbakers, and my elementary school. I loved that I could finally share all of this with Kyle and he could see everything. He enjoyed it. Once we arrived to my Grandma's, my Mom and Enzo were there along with my brother Steve. My mom was so happy to see Jack. Then she quickly started going up to her brothers and sisters saying, "Look at my baby, isn't he the cutest!?".
Altogether, we had an even 40 people there.
We thought it would be a mess getting everyone together, but we surprisingly all worked it well together. It only took a few hours for the photographer to get pictures of everyone. I've got over 250 pictures from this weekend alone.
We all had so much fun taking the pictures, relaxing in the comfy Michigan grass, playing Corn-hole, drinking some cold beer, playing catch-up with long lost relatives, laughing at the kids running around, playing with Jack, telling jokes, and ended the night sitting around the bon fire at my Uncle Brad's house.
It was a great day we will all remember.
Monday was our last day there. It was terrible having to say goodbye. The 5 days we were up there went by in a flash. Overall, I am just so thankful that we were able to have this experience. I couldn't be happier that I could see my grandma squeeze Jack, show Kyle around Michigan, spend time with everyone in my family, wiggle my naked toes in the grass, have some laughs and just relax.
These moments are exactly what life is about.