I ended up making it to Seanna’s high school graduation ceremony. Originally Dottie and I were going to fly into Chicago, do a mini-vacation there, drive to Muskegon, attend commencement and visit a few people, and fly back out of Chicago. It went a little like that but since I had gone back and forth on whether to go or not, Dottie had already changed her ticket and went to her sister-in-law’s college graduation in San Francisco instead.
So, I flew into Chicago but not before sending this picture to the girls of the plane I was about to be getting on at the airport.
And this one from inside the plane, somewhere over the midwest…
Once I arrived in Chicago, I rented a car and started the long drive to Muskegon. I ended up there about dinner time so I stopped to grab some steaks to grill and went to Heather’s. We ate dinner and a bunch of people came over, including Nic. I brought Cards Against Humanity as a gift for crashing at their house that first night as I had never arranged for a hotel in Muskegon with the previous trip plans. We played CAH until late into the night.
The next morning, I went and met Nic. We had lunch and just hung out for a few hours. I got checked into my hotel. Here was the view from my room:
That night was graduation so after visiting my dad
I went over to the arena for commencement. I wasn’t sitting very close since I got there right as it was starting but I managed to get a few pictures of the high school graduate.
After commencement it was a zoo so I left. I went back over to Heather’s to hang out and talk household budgeting strategies. It was pretty late by the time I made it back to my hotel. I talked to Maurice and the kids for a little bit (they were 3 hours earlier) and fell asleep.
The next day I picked up Seanna and we went for lunch and coffee. It was a nice visit. She’s pretty excited to get started at MSU later this summer. Then I drove out to Spring Lake to visit Sandy. I haven’t seen her in probably a decade. It was a blast from the past but I had a great time.
Heather had offered to make me dinner so I drove back to her place to take her up on it. It was Atkins friendly frittatas and delicious. By the time we chatted for a bit I was pretty tired and went back to the hotel.
The next morning I was up early for the long drive back to Chicago, return the rental car and grab my flight back to Phoenix. I wish I would have taken more pictures but so goes life.