Celebrating my Birthday in Michigan

Hi friends, welcome back! It’s been a little quiet over here because Jon and I spent the last week in Michigan celebrating my birthday, seeing our families, celebrating Jon’s Situs (grandma in Lebanese) 85th birthday, and attending a golf outing. With all the flight cancellations/delays/lost luggage, we decided to make the drive from NYC to Michigan. We left Sunday after brunch, drove about four and a half hours to our hotel for the night in Pennsylvania, and finished the remaining five and a half hours the following morning. We were having such a nice time with our families that I hardly have any pictures to show for.

Tuesday was my 29th birthday…one more year until the dirty thirty… I woke up to some lottery cards from my dad, but sadly none were winners. I think I used all my lotto luck on my 25th birthday when I scratched off a $100 prize. I did a Peloton yoga class, and then my mom and I went to get our nails done and grab my free birthday Starbucks.

In between calls and texts from family and friends, I read my book and kept an eye on the squirrel terrorizing my parents’ birdfeeder.

My grandma came over for dinner and I requested my dad’s flank steak and some veggies. I eat out so much so I was really craving a home cooked meal, especially on the grill! You just can’t recreate the taste of something on the grill in an apartment.

My mom made me her famous caramel cake and we finished the night with a few episodes of Virgin River. It was a nice, relaxing birthday.

On Thursday we headed to the west side of Michigan to see Jon’s grandparents and his Situ. We hung out, got ice cream, rode along while the guys golfed, and indulged in some Crumbl Cookies.

Saturday, we had dinner celebrating Situ’s belated 85th birthday.

We were supposed to golf Sunday in Jon’s annual family outing, but sadly the weather prevented us from playing. While we were on the driving range warming up, it started downpouring and wasn’t going to let up anytime soon. We were extremely bummed not to be playing, but relieved we had our dry clothes in the car. We still had the lunch part of the outing and visited with family, and then it was time to start the trek back to NYC.

Despite not being able to golf, we had a great time in Michigan seeing our families 🙂

37 thoughts on “Celebrating my Birthday in Michigan

  1. Well, belated happy #29 Lyssy and belated Happy Birthday to Situ. Great to be able to get together with family and friends at any time. Cheers. Allan

    1. Thank you!! It was so nice getting to spend it with family and friends. It’s hard having a birthday in the middle of the week. Aww my middle name is Rose named after my mom’s grandma Rosa 🙂

    1. Don’t laugh at me but I keep a water gun on my deck. The squirrels hate it. I don’t even have to use it. When they see me coming, they run. I use it on the ugly blackbirds too……p.s. I refuse to believe that I once taught a third grader that is almost 40. 😆

      1. That’s funny! My mom would throw water on him and he didn’t like it! That’s how I feel when the kids I babysat start driving!

  2. The time spent with your family was certainly a great gift for your birthday, you have the talent to turn all the moments of life into unforgettable moments. Happy birthday Lyssy!

    1. Thank you! Ha! My mom always said she was infinitely turning 29… I finally am at that age where I can say the same thing.

  3. Happy Birthday Lyssy – looks like a lovely trip with friends. I can’t believe you’re still only 29 – you make me feel ooooold. 30 was my best year though, I absolutely loved every minute of it 🙂

    1. Thank you!! It was a great trip 🙂 Haha I have heard that the 30s are good years. My dream is to go paragliding in the Swiss alps for my 30th!

  4. Happy belated 29th, Lyssy! You will be this age for the rest of your life, ha. I spy the Good Seasons salad dressing on your family’s table (or at least the cruet). I thought this would be a non-travel non-food post but suddenly along came the Crumbl cookies. Good call to include them – they are the BEST – at least, outside of some of those enticing options you sometimes show from NYC.

    1. Thank you! Haha yes I will be infinitely 29 years old 🙂 If only the Good Seasons was a paid product placement! I like trying out all the Crumbl flavors, but I don’t think they can beat the cookies in NYC.

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