Monday, 30 September 2013

Birthday Cake & A Haunted House

We're back from a wonderful weekend getaway to Michigan! I shall now overload you with pictures in my recap.


After being stuck in traffic for two freaken hours, Andrew and I finally made it to the airport. One of the nice things about Andrew having his own plane is that you can take off whenever you feel like it and the flight time can be amended as necessary (although U.S. customs doesn't appreciate this. Opps).

Just over two hours later, we landed at my favourite FBO, where they treat you like you're a celebrity.

We grabbed our rental car and headed out for dinner at a place that was recommended by all the locals. I guess we have different expectations in food because Andrew and I were not impressed with our meals.


While Andrew tries to coordinate the GPS, I take selfies. Why not, right?

After an awesome buffet breakfast, we decided to explore Michigan and headed off to Detroit. What better place to explore than the zoo?

There, I made friends with a turtle.

Watched two camels get it on and enjoyed listening to the comments of other spectators.

"You usually have to pay to see stuff like this!"

"Mommy, what are they doing?"
"They're playing a game. For grownups."

Marveled at a pacing Tiger.

Took selfies with a Rhino in the background.

Enjoyed an Icee because I actually just turned 12.

Watched a Doe, who refused to take her eyes off Andrew.

Got up close and personal with a bear.

Had a bad photo of us taken.

Watched some penguins make out.

Then said "bye bye" to the zoo.

We went back to the hotel for dinner and Andrew surprised me with the most amazing cookies and cream cake ever.

After dinner, we finally headed off to the haunted house, Erebus!

Can I just say that that parking lot was an absolute disaster? People decided to create their own spots; when we tried to leave, we were blocked in! Seriously people, if you're going to create your own parking spot, have some consideration for those around you and don't block other people in. We ended up squeezing past two cars and driving over a curb to get out. Other people had the same idea, but unfortunately, one of those drivers ended up hitting one of the parked cars (and then immediately took off). I feel extremely bad for the car that got hit. But, enough about that.

We successfully completed Erebus and survived! I won't say much because I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it was a really cool experience. As per usual, the anticipation of going in was much scarier than the haunted house itself (for me anyway. I also ensured that we followed closely behind a group of four people who were nice enough to have us as part of their group). The animatronics were definitely pretty awesome and it was a very unique experience. I still say the one in Niagara Falls is scarier though.


As soon as we got back to the hotel after Erebus, my body shut down. I knew I was going to be the victim of a vicious cold any day now, but I made a deal with my body that it had to wait until after my birthday to attack me. It so kindly listened and hit me with a nasty head cold that night. We left early Sunday afternoon as I tried fighting it off.

It was still a pretty great weekend!

How was yours?


  1. First, I WANT MY OWN PLANE! Haha, that's awesome! Second, this looks like such a great weekend! :)

  2. awww looks like you had such a great weekend!!!!

  3. that is WAY neat that he has his own plane, you lucky duck! the weekend looked like so much fun :)

  4. Flying with your boyfriend as the pilot---such an amazing way to spend your birthday!

  5. LOL at the gorilla picture and the conversation between the child and mother!!!! Glad you had a great birthday weekend!! Next time y'all need to come to Nashville and we will have to meet up!!!!

  6. What a fun birthday weekend!! Jealous yall can just hop on a plane and go. I need a man with a plane :) I really hope you aren't getting sick. That would be the pits!

  7. VIP- own plane!! How awesome is that!!?? The zoo looks incredible there. I would have definitely have taken a picture of those camels too.. a must-do! Oooh, the haunted house... What was the SCARIEST part... I promise it won't be a spoiler to me.. because I will never go!

  8. It looks like an amazing weekend! And I want haunted house spoilers... I watched Insidious 2 today and thought of you. x

  9. So fun!!!

    I think I'd get really motion sick on a small plane! Even Porter planes make me a bit sick when it's a tad windy out! Do you?

  10. Seriously you are living the life of a celeb! Private airplane. Take off and land whenever you want! SO GLAMOROUS.

    Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

  11. Stopping by from Sami's Weekend Recap! Happy Belated Birthday! My Birthday Was The 26th!! Looks Like You Had A BLAST!

  12. "They're playing a game. For grownups" haha your captions had me dying! That's crazy about the parking lot, some people can be so stupid. I'm so glad you had a fabulous birthday, and I hope your sickness goes away fast!!!

  13. Hey Alex!! So glad you stopped by my blog!! You and your love are ADORABLE!! Omg... keep in touch!! :) xo

  14. you guys are just too cute! i love that you're always having fun and living life! um, the cake looks incredible! and so does the icee! i've always wanted to go to michigan - how awesome that you got to go on your OWN plane!! :) happy happy birthday, alex! may it be an amazing year ahead. <3<3<3

  15. Aww sounds like you had an awesome birthday weekend! Again, it's so awesome you can literally just hop on a plane to anywhere, and don't have to deal with annoying co-passengers!

  16. OK, wait a second. HE HAS HIS OWN PLANE?! HOW?! WHAT? HOW??????

    Vodka and Soda

  17. I want my own plane! That is super cool. Sounds like a good weekend. =)

  18. This looks like such a fun trip! I love the zoo! And how convenient to have your own plane!! :)

  19. A private trip in your boyfriend’s plane, zoo, and a haunted house. You definitely had a very long and tiring day. No wonder you immediately dozed off once you got into the hotel. But the exhaustion was worth it because you had a wonderful time.

    Shawn @ Holstein Aviation


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