Late night airport pick-up
Hayden's flight was coming in at 10:53 p.m. and we got to the airport at 10:53. The arrival board said that the flight was "On Time" but it hadn't changed to "Arrived", so we waited and waited. And I took pictures of my goofy kids being goofy.
Hayden was also waiting
While the flight status didn't say "Arrived" in fact it had arrived and Hayden walked right by us. He sent a text saying that he had landed and was waiting at baggage claim. Rylan, Courtney and Cam went down to welcome him. The first thing I saw these guys doing was comparing tans or lack of them. Like I said, goofy kids.
It's good to have him back!
I think this trip was good for Hayden. I know that Alyssa appreciated that he traveled with her from Virginia up to the U.P. and helped with the kids. I know that my mother was thrilled to have him around for the couple of weeks he was there. He got to get reacquainted with Ari and Tiia and spend some time with Kelly and Kurt's other kids. He also got to know Alexa and Luc which was great. He came home with a hoody for himself. He wasn't going to get it initially because he didn't know what or where the Keweenaw was. But he found out. We jokingly refer to it as the Motherland. I was born and raised on the Keweenaw peninsula of Michigan so indeed the term "motherland" is appropriate.
He got to swim in Lake Superior multiple times and he got to experience one of my favorite childhood pastimes... rock hunting. I have a small container of collected rocks from my youth and now Hayden has his own collection. Nice variety!
He learned some Michigan geography
He brought home the oven mitt to prove it!
Lyssa bought and sent these mugs to Har and me. I love them!
Har is the Fine Finn and I've got Sisu within.
I bet Alyssa's "yooper" accent may have gotten a little thicker while she was there. It's hard not to start talking a bit like a native while you spend time in that culture of pasties, saunas, korppus, and pulla.
Got Sisu? Ya you betcha!
Cottonwood and copper
Mom and Lyssa picked up this souvenir from Copper World for Har's and my anniversary. Although I have a copper clad cottonwood leaf from Kara, this one is more appropriate for the anniversary with its sweet kissing couple silhouette.
I first heard "the cottonwoods whispering" almost 34 years ago in the Copper Country of Michigan.
They still whisper here in the Pacific Northwest.