Home Leave | Michigan

From Fredericksburg, we headed to Michigan to spend a couple weeks with Kail’s family. At this point, we were two weeks into our home leave. On the agenda: a trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan State football, our niece’s and nephew’s soccer and football games, Jordanian cooking, and lots of relaxing and spending time with family.Perhaps most of exciting of all, we also shared our pregnancy news.home leave, grand rapids, michiganWe told both sets of our parents about their soon-to-arrive grandson the same way: We gave them grandparent-themed picture frames containing a handwritten placeholder that said, “Save this frame for your new grandson — Arriving February 2018.” It was cute. ***Pats self on back.***home leave, frankenmuth, michiganAnother highlight of the trip was my first visit to Frankenmuth, Michigan, a charming town with German heritage and Bavarian architecture. Frankenmuth is known for its famous chicken dinners (we opted for Zehnder’s) and Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, which bills itself as the world’s largest Christmas store. I believe it.home leave, frankenmuth, michigan, zehnder's, chicken dinnerChicken dinner at Zehnder’s.Another first: I attended my first Michigan State football game. It was the first college football game I had attended since I was in college in the early 2000s. Big Ten football is a lot more exciting than the ACC.home leave, east lansing, michigan, michigan state, michigan state football, spartansA fun activity we did was make traditional Jordanian food for Kail’s parents, using recipes we had learned at a cooking class at Beit Sitti. We made maqloubeh, a red-pepper dip called muhammara, an eggplant dip called mutabal, and hommos. Not as good as the real thing, but with practice maybe we’ll get better. We’ve definitely been spoiled by delicious Jordanian and Levantine food!home leave, grand rapids, michigan, jordanian food, maqloubeh, muhammara, mouttabal, hommosKail stayed in Michigan for almost three weeks, and I left a few days earlier and headed to California to visit my friend Catherine and her family. Next up: Adventures in NoCal.

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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