We’re in Michigan!
My parents moved to Michigan over the summer, and this is our first trip out to visit them (and the first time we’ve seen them since January, other than a brief lunch date back in July). We’re spending the holidays with my family this year (after a Christmas in San Diego with Eric’s family last year) in both Michigan and Kentucky.
I’ve only ever been to Michigan in the winter, so it’s my belief that this entire state is always covered in a thick layer of snow. It’s a great setting for getting cozy by the fire and watching Christmas movies.
We spent our first day making the traditional Smith family Christmas sugar cookies.
We ventured out into the snow on Saturday for apple cider donuts and a trip to Frankenmuth, a Bavarian village not too far from here. It’s also home to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store. If you’re thinking, “Whoa,” you’re right.
Apparently Frankmuth is famous for its chicken dinners, so we did the touristy thing and had lunch at Zehnder’s.
Back at the house, we’ve been playing a lot of dominoes and watching Christmas movies by the fire.
It has snowed every day since we’ve been here, but I finally braved the snow and ice for a jog this morning. It was beautiful. And that Midwestern stereotype about people being super friendly is totally true. Every single person I passed (all of whom were plowing their driveways) waved or said ‘hello.’ It was adorable.
My mom and I, both big fans of going on walks, talked my dad and Eric into going on a walk around the neighborhood to see Christmas lights. I’m sure we looked absolutely ridiculous walking down the street in the dark, but it was very entertaining.