We left for Michigan on Saturday and slept in Traverse City. On Sunday we visit the Music Hall Museum. They had all types of self-playing instuments. It was fun! Then we drove to Petoskey. We went to a really nice restaurant there in the Perry Hotel. That night we went to a concert in Bayview that featured the wonderful talents of the people there. We stayed the night in Petoskey. On Monday morning we headed back to Bayview. It is only 2 min from Petoskey so it's not that big of a deal. Bayview was founded by the Methodists as a camp where people could learn the arts, cooking and several other skills. Students still come every year to learn. Every house is a quiant cottage and the entire community shuts down for the winter because there is so much snow, you can't be there. People have to board up the windows and move away for the summer. We stayed in the dorms which was just a big cottage with lots of bedrooms. Everyday was chock full of practicing for Glen and reading and exploring for me. I got to see a lot of Petoskey and do a little shopping. Thursday night was the big concert. Glen did great! Everyone did. Then Friday morning we drove to the ferry to be whisked across the lake to Mackinac Island. There are no motor vehicles allowed on the island so there were lots of horses and lots of horse poop. We rented bikes and toured the interior of the island. It was gorgeous! Then we had dinner and shopped the rest of the night. We headed home on Saturday. Saturday night we had dinner with my parents and stayed the night in their hotel. Sunday we spent with my side of the family and we celebrated Cameron's birthday. It was a very fun week! But we are glad to be home.
As is now common knowledge, Glen's birthday was last Friday (August 1). We saw Taming of the Shrew and went to dinner. Oh, and I made him a special breakfast and gave him Mary Poppins (a movie he likes, but not what he asked for...). Needless to say, he was a little disappointed but tried to hide it. I didn't even have a cake for him... What he didn't know is I had a surprise waiting for him the next day. He thought his best friend, Roy, was in Moab. A little lie he came up with to really make the surprise fun. Anyway, since we were traveling up north for Katie's baptism, I thought I would get a group of his friends together for a surprise party at a restaurant. He thought we were meeting one of our friends for a casual lunch. When we got there, they were all peeking out of the restaurant window, but he didn't notice. We walked in and they all yelled, "Happy Birthday!" It was pretty funny. Then we sat for lunch and I gave Glen his real presents: some Wii gear. (Actually, the only thing he asked for was sheet music which I ordered but isn't here yet) Oh, and of course Roy was there. He would never miss Glen's birthday. Then we traveled up to Clinton for Katie's baptism. It was great to get to know his family a little better and to be a part of such a special event for Katie. Then it was back to Candice and Dayton's for a surprise birthday cake and some Disney Scene It. Overall I think it was a good birthday experience for him. At least, I had fun! (pictures to come as soon as I find a replacement USB for my camera... things get lost when you move.)