Our trip started out a little . . . . rough . . . Nate got carsick for the first time. . . three differant times. We went through this with Josh too (thankfully it only lasted for about 6 months). This hit at about the same age as Josh's did so we are hoping Nate will grow out of it too. The poor little guy :-( I think it was a combination of the sun shining on him and flickering through the trees, it was warm in the back seat, and he was trying to watch a DVD on a screen that had the sun doing funny things on it. It didn't slow him down once we got to our destinations though! Thankfully, I had packed extra clothes . .. but now, I will need to pack several outfits again along with wet wash clothes until we know he is past this stage.
Our first stop is always for lunch at National Coney Island.
Once we finish eating, we always drive by the apartment I lived in at the time we met - I loved that apartment and, honestly miss it. It was big, set up wonderfully, and just was so me! Granted, a family of 4 in a one bedroom apartment might be a little cramped :-)
From there, we head out to Metro Beach which is where Darryl proposed. Now, the year he proposed, it was warm. I can remember walking around and people where in shorts, riding bikes and skate boards . .. but most years, it is COLD!!! This year, the wind was wicked and so frigid. One of the coldest trips ever. We had hoped that the boys could actually play on the play ground but wow, not happening!
We started a new tradition last year - we visit the Morley Candy Factory which is where Sander's Candy is made. We all pick out a special treat.
The last part of our day is flexible. As the boys get older, we are going to pick as a family what activity we want to do. Last year we went to a fantastic Arcade/museum but, the age the boys are now makes that activity hard. The arcade is packed and our boys like to move fast. So instead, we took them to Build-a-Bear. I've wanted to take them for awhile but there aren't any on this side of the state so it was a perfect time to do it. In future years we'll go back to the Arcade, go bowling, to a movie, or to some of the museums in Detroit.
Despite the fact that we've been making this trip for 10 years, dinner is always up in the air. This year, since we were at the mall, the easiest thing was to eat at the food court. Darryl and I weren't super hungry but the boys inhaled with quasidillas :-) Maybe some day we'll find THE place to stop for dinner!!
It really was a fun day that ended with the boys loving the music in the truck. Darryl was playing some of his favorite CD's when one of the songs finished and both boys started clapping and asking for more. Every time a new song would start, I would see Josh shaking his head to the beat :-) Super fun!