"Get a night away from the kids" they said. "You'll get some much needed sleep" they said. Lies. Lies. Lies. I slept worse being away from the kids than I do when I wake up 47093742 times a night at home with Mason.
Michael and I went to the tip of the state (almost to the UP) to go snowmobiling on a charity ride called the Grace Performance Snoblast. The last time I participated in one of these rides was in 2010 and the last time I rode a snowmobile was 2013 (due to being pregnant during the winter of 2014 and 2015). Needless to say, it was a tad bit over due for some fun on the sleds. Plus, Michael has never done a big group ride like this before, so it was a new experience for him!
As I mentioned a couple posts back, I was pretty nervous about leaving the kids. Thankfully, they seemed to have survived just fine (better than me obviously!). I don't think my MIL would have told me of any problems even if there were any knowing I would freak out and drive home immediately. The not so funny thing she did share with me when we got home was that little miss Remi decided to climb out of her crib one day. Thankfully, we haven't had another one of those episodes.
Brief recap before an iPhone photo dump...
Thursday, Feb. 9th - In the afternoon we headed north. We left during naptime which was slightly easier to leave and not have to hear R scream (because she does anytime I leave her). Although after the fact I felt like a jerk for leaving and then having her wake up to someone else at the house. With a couple stops, it took us about 5 hours to arrive. We stayed at the Crooked River Lodge. It was a very nice place! We checked in and then attended the "Check in reception" party. Mom and Greg arrived shortly after we did so we visited with them for a few before we headed to our room to catch some sleep.
Friday, Feb. 10th - The ride began at 9am. We had breakfast in the hotel lobby and I pumped. Michael went out to get our sleds ready around 8. Of course mine wasn't starting, but he eventually got it going. We hit the trails. Made a few stops for fuel, lunch at Moosejaw Junction (plus a pumping session for me) and then one more stop at Clyde's for drinks. Made it back to the lodge around 5 with just enough time to pump, get ready for the evening, and get on the shuttle to a restaurant for dinner. I pulled the old lady card and chose to go back to the hotel by 9 so that I could try to get some more rest. Key word: try.
Saturday, Feb. 11th - The morning began the same way as Friday... We hit the trails again by 9am and headed toward Mackinaw City. Our first stop was around 11am at Breakers on the Bay. Michael blew a belt shortly before that so he was late to getting there. Then we continued heading towards Mackinaw City for lunch at Dixie Saloon (and a pump session). Made one more drink stop at Ed's bar before we arrived back at the lodge around 4:30. Got ready for the evening before the group (85 of us by the way) was picked up by buses. We went to a very nice dinner and reception party where they did raffles and thank you's to the sponsors. After the dinner we headed to the casino in Petosky. It was just after midnight when we got back to the lodge and crashed!
Sunday, Feb. 12th - We got up bright and early so we could head home to our babies!
Overall, it was a decent little getaway just the two of us. Considering it was busy non stop and I didn't sleep well, I definitely didn't come home rested like I had hoped. The biggest thing is, I did it and we all survived just fine! So maybe next time I won't be so anxious about taking an overnight trip! 😌