I have quite a few pictures to share from our trip to Michigan. Here’s something funny: We went to Michigan for a wedding. I took no pictures of the wedding. Sometimes I amaze myself.
Matt and I decided that since we were taking the time off to travel so far, we would turn this trip into a vacation. We took our time on our way there and back, stopping along the way to make memories.
One of the first things we did was stop just inside the state of Michigan to pick blueberries!!!!!
Pardon me for gushing like an idiot…but you have to realize that blueberries don’t really grow well in Nebraska. We’ve picked and eaten our fair share of fresh strawberries and raspberries. But blueberries? We’ve never even seen a blueberry bush before.
I can NOT even tell you how much fun the six of us had. The weather was perfect. The kids all cooperated. The blueberries tasted fantastic!!
After Malachi (age 5) got tired of picking berries, we handed him the camera. He took this picture…
And this one…
Matt and I had to tear ourselves away from the field. The whole time we were picking, I could NOT stop smiling. It was one of those family moments that is everything you dream of, you know?
We finally stopped after we had no less than ten pounds of blueberries. Do you know how much all those berries cost? $17.00. Are you KIDDING? I’ve paid $3.00 for a tiny half pint of blueberries before and the taste wasn’t even comparable!!! $17.00 for all those berries was the best deal ever!!
Cost for one of the most fun family moments ever? Priceless.
After we left the Blueberry Farm, we traveled a few more hours to spend some time with some friends we used to be in the ministry with in Colorado. We hadn’t seen each other for eight years and it was just wonderful to visit and catch up.
Oh, and you might be interested to know that on our drive to their house, we all sat in the van consuming blueberries like there was no tomorrow. We tried to stop eating…really we did.
And then I dropped a blueberry on my seat. I looked and looked for that blueberry, both because I didn’t want to waste even one delicious blueberry…and because I really did not want to sit on said delicious blueberry. I never did find the silly thing.
Oh, until we pulled up to our friend’s house and I got out of the van. There was the blueberry squished all over the seat of my pants. Grrrr. It was so not cute.
Thankfully, our friends let me in anyway.
Here I am with my lovely friend Jill. Incidentally, she’s the lady who taught me how to make homemade vanilla!
After a wonderful (but too short) visit, we got ready to leave. Ah, but wait! The boys discovered that our friends had a cool hanging-upside-down contraption and just had to try it out!
And yeah, they insisted that Mom try it too.
There I was all locked up and helpless…and Matt started clicking away on the camera. Stinker.
Good thing you can’t see my squished blueberry stain.
Stop looking, you really can’t see it in this picture.
Coming up next…we visit a Peach Picking Farm!