Spring Break at the Beach

beachWe spent a long weekend at the beach, though the shores of Lake Michigan are hardly the beaches you want to hit up on Spring Break.   Looks like a beautiful sunny day for the beach right? Looks can be deceiving, the air temp was about 30° and I did not dare test out the water temperatures.  I at least took advantage of the scenery and went for a good run, the puppy LOVED the beach too!

Friday my husband and I both took the day off and actually spent the day around our house running errands and getting ready for the trip.  After dropping the kids off at school we decided to give The Depot a try for breakfast.  It is so close to our house and it has been on our list for a long time.  Figured it was a good day to avoid the crowds resulting from the feature on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.  I wasn’t in the mood for breakfast so I ordered the pot roast sandwich.  Oh man was it delicious.  The meat was tender, juicy and topped with crisp fried onions and gravy.  I am not a fan of gravy, but it was a flavorful addition to the sandwich and as a topping on the fries.  Loved the old time diner style in the place and and of course the great service.  We hit the place just at the right time, there was a wait by the time we left.  Perfect fuel for running errands and packing up I was full until dinner.

pot roast sandwich

Pot Roast Sandwich

The puppy may have been a fan of the beach, but not of the car.  The puppy’s car sickness kicked in before we were even out of Chicago.  She proceeded to throw up quite a few times during the two hour care ride.  A few times I was able to put her mouth out the window, which I am sure the other travelers enjoyed, but for the most part she was throwing up on me and/or blanket.  Nice!  Well at least she had not just eaten.  On the way home I kept her from looking out the window and she did not get sick once.

We had such a fun weekend, the kids had fun playing with their cousins.  The kids got to work off all the crazy energy at the local open gym time followed by seeing the new Whimpy Kid movie (it was OK, but not as good as the first one).  After getting the kids good and tired we got a sitter and headed to dinner in Benton Harbor.  Benton Harbor has a great art district that is worth checking out.  It has a few restaurants, art galleries, and a great brewery.  I ordered my dish based on the fact the side was potatoes with goat cheese.  Goat cheese is one of those ingredients that can influence my order in all sorts of odd directions.  It so happened the potatoes were served with duck which I wasn’t too sure I would like.  Luckily I loved it, good to know for the future.

Sunday we hit the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo with the kids.  Holy crap the SR-71 spy plane is massive.  Good way to spend the day, the kids loved it.  We stayed busy all weekend and didn’t get much downtime to relax, though we did manage to watch a movie, Due Date which was very funny (especially if you are a Robert Downey Jr. fan).  Getting home early afternoon on Monday left me with enough time to cook and prepare for the week.  A Monday off of work is the best, makes the week go fast.  Those this week has been busy I could have used that extra day in the office.  Looking forward to a quiet productive weekend at home coming up, no plans Friday or Saturday night.

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