My travel diary from Michigan

Hello lovely readers,

It’s a little late but here it is, my long-awaited travel diary from Michigan. Also sorry it is so long, but alot of it is picutes. Our adventure started on July 2, 2016. Our first flight that morning left around 1, which meant we had to be at the airport at 11. Once through security we found our gate and then got food. And of course we had to get Starbucks. I got a Strawberry Acia made with lemonade instead of water and a greek yogurt parfait. And to make the time go buy we played on our computers and I wrote a blog post as well. Around 12:30 the airline started calling people to start boarding. Of course we had another flight to catch right after that flight and they started boarding that flight almost as soon as we got off our first flight. But around the time everyone should be on the plane, they say that they are going to stop boarding because their was a malfunction with the plane and they needed to get someone over to check it out. When I heard that, I started freaking out. We had another flight to catch right after this one and if this took to long we might be late.

It ended up not taking long to fix since it was not something major. Once it was clear they finished boarding and about 10 minutes later we were ready to go and on our way to Atlanta, Georgia. Our first flight got in on time, which was good and now we had to get to our next gate. And of course the airport was huge, we had to walk the whole length of the airport, go up a floor and walk the whole length of the airport again to get to the next gate. We got our steps in for sure that day. Once at that gate we only had to wait about 10 minutes before they started boarding that flight, and we even got to Travers City, Michigan early.

When we got to Travers City though, that was a whole new adventure. We arrived about 15 minutes early and that airport there is very small. Of course there were two or so other planes trying to get to gates as well and they only had about 5 gates. So we had to wait on the run way for that 15 minutes, plus another 20 or so. First we were waiting for a gate to open up, but they said we were just going to get off on the run way. To do that though we had to wait for workers to be free to watch us get off. It was a mess. We finally were allowed off about 45 minutes later and we set off to find my cousins. We found them and drove back to the house and that took about 45 minutes as well. By the time we got back to the house it was about 7.

Our first day there we just ate dinner, took a tour of our cabin and my family’s house. As well as some of my family took a sunset cruise as they called it on the boat and we made s’mores. I will attach  pictures below of the house and pictures taken that night. I only have pictures from the outside, but Bradley has some of the inside if I can get them I will attach them later.

 

The first night we were there we stayed till about 11 or so and when we got back to our cabin we crashed and didn’t get up till 10 the next day.

July 3, 2016

The next day we spent all day outside. Bradley went kayaking with my mom, a bunch of my family went on the boat, and then my sister, my cousin Micheal, my aunt Lynn, and her friend Patty stayed behind and just laid out on the dock. And once my mom and Bradley came back they laid out with us as well.

Around 4 or so Bradley and I went back to our place to shower and change out of our swimsuits and headed back for dinner. While we were waiting for dinner Bradley proposed! I wrote a post about it before this so I will link it below if you would like to read it. But it was the best day of my life and I am so excited to start a new chapter of my life with him as my husband starting next summer.

https://mylifeinwordssblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/i-got-engaged/

After dinner and the excitement of the engagement, the family went on another sunset cruise after the sun set and while they were out they watched fireworks. Bradley and I stayed back though and we played cornhole and made a bonfire and had s’mores.

When Bradley and I got back to the cabin we finished the wine from when we toasted our engagement, had chettos and some cherries as well. Yes I know random combo and then we discussed wedding dates and colors, well it was mostly me but I was excited.

July 4th, 2016

Today was basically like yesterday. We hung out on the dock or people went out on the boat. I hung out on the dock for a little bit, and then hung out inside and was on Pinterest looking at wedding stuff because I was just so excited.  After dinner all the boys (my uncle Mark, my cousins Kyle, Matthew, Josh; Bradley and my sister went on the boat and went tubing) Below are some pictues. As well as some of the sunset.

Of course we had another bonfire and s’mores. Then Bradley and I went back to the cabin to shower and pack up since we were leaving in the morning.

July 5th, 2016

Today our flight left around 4:30 I think, so we had to be at the airport at 2:30. Before we left though we had breakfest at the house and took a family picture since we didn’t before a majority of the family left.

After that we left and ran a few arrends with my mom, aunt Diane and aunt Lynn before they drop us off at the airport. At the airport we had lunch, and just hung out at the terminal and talked. Our flight left at 4:30 and we were flying to Minneapolis, Minisota before going back to Ohio. Since they are an hour behind we got their at 4:30 as well, and our next flight didn’t leave till 7:20 (8:20 our time), which would get us home about 10:30. This is where it gets intersting though. Right as we pulled up to the gate in Minneapolis is started to rain. We didn’t think to much about it since you can still fly in the rain. But we had about two hours to kill before our flight took off. So we walked around the airport and Bradley got some hockey stuff. As well as eat dinner and charge our phones and computers.

But wait, no our flight got delayed because the rain was so hard. Now instead of leaving at 7:20 we were leavnig at 9:50(10:50 our time), getting home at almost 1. Now what were we going to do. Well we walked around since we knew we had time and just to stay awake and we got Starbucks. To make the story even better our flight got delayed so many times because of rain, that we ended up not leaving till about 11:30 (12:30 our time) and getting home around 2:30. Instad of having a two hour layover, we had a 7 HOUR LAYOVER. But spent 12 hours in two airports combined.

Finally we made it home, and Bradley’s parents picked us up. Before going home though we went to Waffle House and had a early breakfest then went home and crashed. Over all it was a really fun trip and one I will remember forever. I hope you enjoyed this post and sorry for it being so long. I probably didn’t need to tell you everything, but I doubt anyone will read it anyway like I always say. Who cares though. Anyway I hope you enjoyed it and see you back here soon for a post about wedding dress shopping, or a more in depth of my planner.

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They had this right as we got off the plane in Minneapolis and a few more all over the airport.

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I GOT ENGAGED!

Hello lovely readers,

Sorry for the delay in putting up my travel diary. I have been home for a week and even though I am still on summer break I have been busy helping my mom take care of my grandma. Also I have been on Pinterest like 24/7 looking for ideas for decor and stuff for my wedding. Yes! I got engaged as you can tell by the title. He proposed July 3, while in Michigan.

Like 3 weeks ago I had mentioned to my boyfriend that my mom could put him on our phone plan but only once we were engaged. He then proceeds to say that he shouldn’t say anything but he was thinking of  maybe proposing while at the lake. And he had it all planned out too. We had our own little private dock at the little cottage we were staying at and that’s where he wanted to do it. He was also going to have the ring hidden in a game boy where the batteries go so I wouldn’t find it.  When he said that my mind was going in over drive of thinking really? Will he do it? Did he have a ring yet?  I would be so excited and I felt that we were ready to take that next step. We have been together for almost 3 and a 1/2 years, and we have been living with each other for a year already. I didn’t want to ask if he really was and ruin the surprise but I had to know. But the week before we left for the lake I kept sending him pictures of a certain ring that I loved and where he could find it and the hours of the store. As well as remind him how many more days he had to get a ring. Even if he didn’t propose at the lake, he knew what ring I liked. Yes it would have been disappointing if he didn’t propose, but our time would eventually come.

The first day we got there it was pretty late so I figured he wouldn’t propose that first night we were their if he actually had a ring. The next day he Kayaked and spent time in the water. Around 4 or so that day we decided we were going to go back and get showered and cleaned up before dinner because we were both sweaty from being outside all day. So we went back and showered and everything and headed back to my family’s house. While dinner was being prepared Bradley and I were out sitting on the back porch with my mom and some of my other family members and I was getting cold. My mom told me to go out on the dock because it was warmer out their. I did not want to do that, I kept saying it wouldn’t be much warmer, I was just going to go get a sweatshirt. But she just kept telling me to go down their and Bradley said let’s go down their. So we walked down to the dock and it was not that much warmer btw. When we got down their though I was just standing their to trying to warm up and Bradley was behind me with his arms around my shoulders. Then he said I have a surprise for you. I turn around and he is getting down on one knee, with a ring in his hand and said “Will you marry me?” When I saw him on one knee I said, “Bradley stop.” I had wanted this so bad, but it got me off guard when he actually proposed though. But of course I said yes and during the whole thing, my family was up on the porch watching and recording it.

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This is from today but my ring made my fingers look fat when I first got it because it was too small. I’ll insert a picture though somewhere.

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After dinner and all the excitement of telling his family and calling my grandma they had a toast for us with Blackberry wine (and I hate wine, but it was very good) and wine glasses with all the Michigan Lakes on them. So now we will have them to remind us of where we got engaged.

Later on that night Bradley my boyfriend  fiancé told me all about getting the ring and how nervous he was about me finding it in the house. He had bought it on Monday night after work, but instead of keeping it at our house he kept it at his parents. Also on the day he proposed he had my sister drive over to our little cottage we were staying at and pick it up and had her leave it in the bathroom. Right before he proposed he pretended to go to the bathroom, but got the ring and put it in his pocket. He is so adorable and I love him so much.

Everyone is so excited, as well as myself. As I mentioned earlier in the post I have been on Pinterest 24/7 pinning decor ideas and picture ideas for the actual day and our engagement pictures which we plan to have in September. While on vacation we picked our date and we are doing July 17, 2017 (7-17-17). Along with our date we have chosen the colors yellow and gray as our main colors, with accents of pink. On Sunday we also went and looked at venue possibilities and found one that we both love. So this Friday my mom and I are going to go and talk more to the special events coordinator at the venue and sign a contact to set our date in stone. (We didn’t actually sign the contract though on Friday. When I called I said I wanted to come in and talk about having a wedding there, so we set up a meeting and I thought we would sign a contract that day. But I was not specific enough and he had another couple coming as well at the same time to show them around as well. But we set up another meeting with him for Monday to actually sign the contact. We finally signed the contract though, which is very exciting. I will leave pictures below of what the venue looks like) I am in love with the venue and can not wait to be able to start planning where things will go and getting things figured out. I also can’t wait to be Mrs. Cantrell and spend my life with him making new memories as husband and wife.

And don’t worry I will bring you along on the journey and be sharing things we have picked and everything to do with our wedding. I hope you enjoyed and look out for the travel diary of the actual trip coming tomorrow or by the end of the week.

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This is where we will get married under the pergola and chairs will be set up on the side of the walk way.

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If you looked straight out from the pergola this is at the other end. We are thinking of filling the fountain with ice and then putting wine and beer in the tiers and then a table for other stuff in front for the bar area.

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This is the patio where we will have all the tables for the reception

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And this is the room where we will have the food and deserts. And then when dinner is over we will move stuff aside and we will have room to dance.

How I use my planner stamps 

Hello lovely readers! I am back with the post on how I use my planner stamps. Also as I am writing this I am in the airport waiting for my first flight of the day. So let’s get into the post. 


This first picture  (above this) is of my monthly layout for June. When I write or stamp on my monthly I make it short. For example on June 1 I stamped out season premiere. In the weekly view I would do the same thing but go into more detail. Like what show it is and the time it starts. You will also notice I have different colors for different stamps. I have made categories for my planner so I will stamp out things in a certain ink and then have a pen that will match to write things out as well. Below is my key 

Having things color coded is an easy way for me to know what is what and keep things organized. 


Here is my weekly view where I will write out things in more detail. As well as things I need to do around the house, places I need to go or things for my blog. As you can see on Thursday the 23 I stamped out at home and a little house. That day I had do do laundry so I put a washing macine stamp next to the word laundry. If I have a stamp for what I need to do I will use it. It’s just a way for me to use the stamps and it’s cute. I also have what down at the bottom what I am having for dinner using my dinner stamp. Stamps are not for everyone but they are if you want to keep things more organized. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll be back with my travel diary from vacation and a deeper look into my planner once I am home.