We had a Michigan mail call today! My friend from high school, Patti now lives in Pentwater, and she was kind enough to put together some items and send them for the kiddos. Our list of places on our map for Michigan is definitely dominating the complete list now! Many thanks to Patti for her help - I especially loved the picture of the sunset on Lake Michigan. Hope to see that ourselves this weekend!
Dinner tonight was made up of two Michigan favorites Little Caesar's Pizza and Vernor's! Founded by Mike and Marion Ilitch (who also own the Red Wings and the Tigers, by the way!) and famous for it's "Pizza! Pizza!" catchphrase - how can you possibly beat $5 for dinner? And if you've followed along with the blog before, you know that Vernor's, created in Detroit in the 1860's, (and a component of the Bean's favorite Boston Cooler!) is the oldest surviving ginger ale sold in the United States. You can imagine there weren't really any complaints around here tonight.
And we FINALLY made it to Guernsey Farms Dairy tonight. There were so many options to choose from, but everyone finally decided as follows
Grant: Salted Caramel Turtle Swirl (the salted caramel was AMAZING!)
Kristi: Orange Sherbert ( I really wanted lemon, but Noah wanted to try the orange and the only way he would get a different flavor ice cream was if I promised he could try the orange)
Noah: Creme de Novi (this was MY favorite - creme de menthe ice cream with chocolate flakes)
Mikayla: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
It was excellent and well worth the wait! I think Detroit's on tap for tomorrow - so stay tuned! Until then...
We arrived in Lansing!
The Historical Museum
A shot of the Capitol Dome
They made it!
Apparently part of the capitol is under construction
Even funnier - they were operating completely off generator power today!
The rotunda from the bottom
Looking at the battle flags
One level up
The House Chamber
The view from the highest level you can go to in the rotunda
Outside the historical museum
The other side of the Museum
All kinds of crops from Michigan
Writing their favorite season and why
Noah standing on a mastadon footprint
A museum worker showing us how they loaded cannons at Fort Detroit
Trying out a wagon seat on an original Michigan road
Going into the Copper Mines
A log mover
A classroom from the 1890's
I think they look pretty good!
A Ford assembly line
Blurry - but this is them at a 1920's movie house
A Beauty salon from the 1920's - think you'd use it Aunt Sarah?
Mikayla the Rivetor
A 1950's Michigan house
Look at the baby ducks we found on the river!
Our loot from Lansing!
Reading their postcard
Thanks for the Pentwater information, Patti!
The Bean really wanted Boston Coolers but I told her dessert was going to be even better tonight
We made it!
It's hard to tell, but there were actual little chocolate turtles in Grant's ice cream
Think she liked it? (You should have seen the rest of her. There was not a part of Mikayla that did NOT have ice cream on her)