A couple of weekends ago Annelise and I made a quick trip to Virginia.  When our trip at Christmas got cancelled I tentatively thought about going over my Spring break but didn’t put a lot of thought into it.  I didn’t want to get my hopes up.  I know Annelise and my breaks would be at different times so if we went over my break she’d miss school.  I also knew Izzy probably wouldn’t be any healthier and I wasn’t sure about leaving her for an extended period of time.  I also had made the decision to move out of my parents house at some point (hopefully this summer) and felt I should use the time off school to pick up some extra shifts because money’s about to get real tight.  But as Spring break crept closer I noticed that it fell over the weekend of John Henry’s Birthday (Annelise’s BFF).  I decided to make plans to go for the weekend (so that I could still get a full week of work in) but tried not to get too excited about it until right before we left.

We left on a Thursday night, got into Virginia Friday evening and were pulling back out by Monday afternoon.  So it was a quick trip but so worth it.  Annelise was so happy to spend time with John Henry.   And it felt good to go to the places I enjoy and see my friends.  It was just what I needed to get out of my Michigan winter funk and remind me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Our time in the frozen tundra won’t last forever and while things in Roanoke are changing it and our friends will still be there when we get back.  It also helped solidify my long term goals and plans for school.  We didn’t get to see everyone we would have liked and there were many more things I would have liked to do while I was there but hopefully after this semester is over we’ll be able to go back for a longer stay.

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Hitting the road.  We drove about 5 hours before stopping in Ohio for the night.
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It was 2 am and Annelise was too excited to sleep.
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Saturday morning we met Beth, John, John Henry and Buck at Sweet Donkey.
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Then John took all the kids to Lowe’s and the Mama’s got to drink coffee in peace.
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They made monster trucks.
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Annelise was so proud of her truck.


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Sunday we celebrated John Henry’s Birthday…
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…and enjoyed the beautiful weather!
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Another stop at Sweet Donkey Monday morning.
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Lunch with Whitney and then we were back on the road.
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Monday night we stayed in Ohio.  We got to the hotel early enough for Annelise to swim in the pool.
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…and this is what we came back to.  It was 70 degrees when we left Roanoke, it was 18 when we got to Michigan.