Happy Sunday my loves! I hope you’re all sitting on a couch somewhere, still in a turkey coma, and just really really really happy after this nice long holiday weekend!
I’m writing to you from the front seat of my car. It’s packed to the brim with Black Friday packages and Thanksgiving leftovers. And us? We’re sad. Leaving home is always the worst after you’ve had an absolute perfect mini vacation. But, we’re leaving Manistee with full bellies, and even fuller hearts.
Our weekend started last Wednesday when I got out of work. I unfortunately had to close the center, so we got off on a very late start. Trev is the best hubby ever though, and drove the entire way so that I could rest. I still wasn’t feeling great, and had been crazy stressed the week before. (I literally didn’t know if I was going to be able to come home for Thanksgiving until Monday. UGH!) We pulled into my parent’s driveway at 11 pm and went straight to bed.
The next morning we woke up to the smell of Turkey in the oven. Yay for Thanksgiving!!! My entire family lives in Manistee, so holiday celebrations are always a bit of a marathon. But honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way! We went to visit my mom’s parents first, then to my dad’s parents for our extended family Thanksgiving. Then, we had Thanksgiving dinner, just the four of us, at my parent’s house. Our day was filled with family, laughs, turkey and football.
Thursday turned out to be a gorgeous day, so my dad and I decided to head to the beach to do some rock hunting. I love November Beach Days! We found a ton of Petoskey Stones and Beach Glass.
We ended Thanksgiving with one of my absolute favorite traditions… putting up my parent’s Christmas Tree!
On Friday, we did a little Black Friday shopping in the BEST way possible. I’m really not into pushing people over at the Walmart. We went out to breakfast at M22 Grill, in Onekama and shopped the Amazon Prime deals on our phones. Talk about the most RELAXING Black Friday EVER! After breakfast, we chose to #ShopLocal. I find that the small stores of Northern Michigan are the absolute best places to find gifts for everyone on your list. These shops sell everything from Michigan Made products to fine artisan goods, brand name clothing to home décor and everything in between. And, these shops almost always have a better Black Friday deal than any Big Box store or Mall. This year, we shopped at MacBeth & Co and guys. We hit the freakin’ jackpot! We still had to buy gifts for almost everyone on our list. And we found amazing, high quality gifts for every single person at this shop! If you’re ever in Manistee County, stop by MacBeths. You won’t be disappointed!
Friday night, we headed to Manistee’s newest brewery! The food was freakin’ phenomenal. I had Brisket Nachos that I wish I could eat every day of my life. They had queso and jalapeno cream and OMG they were delicious! The beer wasn’t my favorite… however. This is there first batch. And I truly believe it will only get better as time goes on and their equipment gets seasoned! If you’re heading to Manistee next weekend (it’s Sleighbell weekend! If you don’t know what that means, check back tomorrow!) you HAVE to check out North Channel Brewing!
Saturday we spent another day with my family! A few years ago, we found out that my Great Aunt had a baby when she was very very young. No one knew ab out it, and she gave the baby to a loving family who she knew would give him the very best life possible. Two years, ago, the baby (who is now grown up with a family of his own) contacted my Aunt! It was like something out of a movie! We were all so excited because now our family feels a little bit more complete. So Saturday, when they came to visit us, we all got together for Wing Night at my Grandmas. We ate wings, decorated Christmas cookies and watched a ton of football. Days like Saturday, spent with my family are my absolute favorite days.
And today, we had a big breakfast before we packed up our car and headed home. We are so sad to be leaving, HOWEVER we’ll be back in a few days. So it made everything a little bit less sad. Jacksy Cat is staying on Vacay this whole week… lucky duck!
I hope everyone had an absolute wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope you know, that in this season of Thanksgiving, I’m so dang thankful for each and every one of you.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday loves! I’ll be back tomorrow for a Mitten Monday you won’t want to miss!