Sunday, November 25, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

This weekend I was able to go to Traverse City with some friends. I have been invited to do this for the last 5 years by my friend Lori, whose parents own a cottage there. Because of work, I haven't always been able to go, but this year I had off so we left on Friday afternoon and drove about 2 1/2 hours to arrive at the cottage. Their cottage is on one of the lakes near the city. Here is the drive heading into the cottages. It had snowed a little at home but as we drove north, it was snowing more. This drive is beautiful, with trees as far as you can see and looked lovely with the snow on the pines. I was paying too much attention to taking these pictures, because the others spotted 6 deer in the woods as I snapped pictures!
Here is the view from the deck of the cottage. It is very peaceful and relaxing and a great place to enjoy God's creation!
After we unloaded our luggage, we headed back to town and did some shopping on the outskirts of town, where there is an outlet mall.

After an evening of shopping we had supper at the Apache Trout Grill. This is our traditional supper stop. This restaurant is on the Bay and has the best steak and seafood around.
Left to right - Nelda (Lori's Mom), Jodi, Liz, Sharon, Lori, Amy
After supper it was back to the cottage about 10:00pm where we talked until 1:00 and then turned in to get ready for another day of shopping on Saturday.
Saturday was my birthday and it was started by a lovely rendition of happy birthday being sung to me before I even got up!
We went downtown on Saturday to shop at the many unique stores that are found there. We all has some successes and found some bargains. We finished around 5:30 with tired legs and lots of packages.
Here is the Christmas tree that is set up in downtown Traverse City.

The streets are lined with trees and they are all filled with lights. During the day, big snowflakes were falling and the stores were playing Christmas music. It really put us all in the Christmas spirit. We have fun every year and it is nice to get so much Christmas shopping done! We got back home around 8:45. When I got into the house I was thrilled to see that Heather had put up all the Christmas decorations except the tree. It was a great ending for a fun weekend!

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24 comments:

Karen said...

Oh you kept your birthday quiet Mari - now why did you do that, for I have to sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MARI, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. What a beautiful get away, oh it looked glorious. Can you believe it is getting VERY hot here in NZ now? It is 8am and the sun is streaming in and already in my summer PJ's I'm feeling hot and sticky. What a contrast eh?

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday
Your friends are all greeting
May the year that's just beginning
Bring gladness to you
May it teach you to be happy
Kindhearted and loyal
Happy Birthday Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday to YOU!

Sounds like you had a wonderful, picture-perfect weekend, and you certainly deserve it!

:)

~Just A Thought Ginger said...

Happy Birthday dear friend. Are you older or younger than me? hehe

We head to TC in March for our anniversary. You are right, the ride is always beautiful.

How wonderful to go with girlfriends. Sounds like a very special time!

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

I'm so glad you felt well enough to go and enjoy yourself!
Sounds like a great time- the cottage looks beautiful.
Happy Birthday- you don't look a day over 28 to me (maybe that's because we look alike!)

Nancy said...

First of all I must say Happy Birthday, & so glad you had so much fun. Now its time to stop living large & come back to reality!!! Seriously, what a special time for you all.

A Stone Gatherer said...

What a wonderful weekend! I absolutely love TC and your pictures just make me want to to up there! The one of the road looks so peaceful and beautiful! Glad you were able to go, it looked like alot of fun. I think Lori and Amy have had enough fun lately though, what with Chicago and now this!!! Oh yeah, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY MARI!!!

SharonB said...

Happy belated Birthday Mari!! Sounds like you had a great weekend with the girls! What fun!!

Diane said...

I love Traverse City too! Something about that city that just keeps you coming back! Since Mike and I didn't have much money when we got married, we took our honeymoon up there and stayed in a condo for a few days.

Sounds like the shopping was a lot of fun!

Chad and Tammy said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Mari! It sounds like you had a great time. The pictures are beautiful!

Bonnie said...

Happy Birthday !!

That road with the snowcapped trees looks amazing !! I'd love to be in that right now ... it's stinking hot here !!

I laughed when I read that you missed the deer because you were taking photos. I think you should take that "are you addicted to blogging" test again !! ha ha !!

I think it's so cool that you guys have a traditinal supper stop !! How fun !!

~Bonnie

Jennifer said...

WOW! That is so beautiful! And it looks terribly fun. I'm so glad you got to go this year - what a treat! Oh, it is so fun to be with friends sometimes, to laugh and rest and eat and laugh some more.
I can't believe the snow there!!! I wouldn't want to deal with it all the time, but I'll take a day or two of it off your hands if you'd like! ;)

Happy Birthday, dear Mari...
Happy birthday to you!

Renee's Ramblings said...

Happy Birthday!! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!

Rebekah said...

Happy Birthday. Looks like you girls had a fabulous time! I love snow and the lights... Looking at your pictures I can almost smell the air.

Short Stop said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

I love these pics...and it looks like you had a wonderful time. I miss shopping/fun trips with my girlfriends back home!!

Terri said...

I knew it was your birthday and I did remember. But I didn't call because I figured you were gone. Glad you were feeling better. Looks like you had a great time. The snow was so pretty!!

Laura said...

I'm glad you had fun - and those pictures were beautiful!

And I'm glad you had a Happy Birthday too!
I love you !

Renee said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARI!!!!!
I was laughing as I am preparing a blog with the same title! I promise I didn't steal it - I was thinking about/ and planning it all yesterday - I just haven't gotten it up and posted yet!
It is always so precious to spend treasured times with those we hold dear!
Blessings for an exra special day!
In HIM,
Renee

Renee said...

Ahem- that would be EXTRA not exra - sorry! The blessings are calling!
Renee

julie said...

Happy Birthday Mari!!! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend.

Mary said...

Mari,

Happy belated Birthday. I hope you had a wonderful day.

The photos are lovely. I enjoyed the tree. Too bad you missed the deer. They are one of my favorites to see in their natural habitat.

Nice visiting with you. Have a great week.
Mary

Jennifer Partin said...

The picture looking out is beautiful---what a view and how nice to have it shared with you.

I cannot imagine snow yet----I hibernate in the winter.

I am so glad that you were able to share this time with friends.

And MORE shopping? Goodness gracious! :)

And a birthday too? Glad I read their comments. Happy Birthday dear friend! :)

Saija said...

i'm so glad you were able to go have fun and veg out! :o)

what a LOVELY spot!

LeslieW. said...

Seriously!!!That is amazing! I can't even imagine that! What a blessing for this season!

The Birds Nest said...

Happy Birthday to you!!! It looks like a great birthday!!! The pics of the snow are beautiful, and the shopping sounds like so much fun. I have actually been to Traverse City. Happy Christmas Days!!