We spent 9 days visiting Alec's family in Michigan and it was a very special trip this round due to my brother in law's second wedding! The lush green growth everywhere after a brutally harsh winter served as a sharp contrast to LA's mild and dry summers. Seeing aged barns, expansive lawns overgrown with clover and dandelions, rivers and brooks springing up, and daylight stretching to 9 PM through my children's eyes made me appreciate this magical time in the Midwest more than any other time. Let me walk you through the highlights.
The kids are lucky enough to have grandparents who live in a charming 100 year old farmhouse in the town of Farmington. Its quiet and picturesque with a large yard, a leaning barn, and a nice little river and playground nearby.
We were also hosted by my brother-in-law and spanking brand new sister-in-law at their amazing house. Clearly influenced by his parents' property, Will and Dana found another farmhouse dating to 1880's in the rural town of Dexter. This house is huge and newly renovated with modern amenities. And it sits on 5 acres of land. The kids and their cousins had a grand time exploring the property, big enough for a chicken coop, gineau pig, dog, cat, bonfire pit, tire swing, hammock, play house, and baby goats in the near future.
What's great about Dexter is that it is quiet and rural, but only 10 minutes away from the very cosmopolitan collegetown of Anne Arbor. And do you want to know what's especially cool about this area? Crazy good thrifting. It seems that most people in this area are into traditional antiques so all the midcentury stuff I'm crazy about sits on the shelves marked at super low prices. Dana and Will know all the best spots so I had a fabulous time treasure hunting. The sad part is that I found so many great pieces on the large side and there was no way for me to transport them back to LA. I may rent a pod next time and fill it to capacity. I will look into it.
The real reason we were there was for the most perfect country back yard wedding you could ever imagine. Will and Dana thought of every detail to host the wedding at their home. From renting a bounce house for the kiddies, to hanging fairy lights and lanterns in the trees, a giant Persian rug as the dance floor, and having my mother-in-law bake 6 pies to feed the guests gave the event an authentic upscale country feel.
These were just a few moments that show you how much thought and heart Dana and Will put into their wedding and home. I know they are going to have a wonderful life together based on what I witnessed and I feel really lucky to have been a part of it all.