Oh my goodness, well, where has all of the time gone to? Ryan, Rylie and I have traveled to and from Michigan since the last time I was here. And for the best reason: My sister had a baby! Her fourth! And a boy! His name is Kyler and since meeting him, Rylie has paraded around the house shouting: Baby Kyla! Baby Kyla! endlessly. Needlees to say she was quite taken with him and had no problem with me holding him as long as she was right by my side.
He is as perfect as perfect can be and looks exactly like his daddy, it's uncanny, really. And remember her cousin Kenzi that was born on the exact same day as her? Here they are now at 20 months.
While we were there we got to play frisbee and blow bubbles at my Grandpa's. Those rad throwback neon hightops belong to Rylie's older cousin Kelci.
After a long day of playing, we did one of my favorite things to do in Muskegon: we took a ride around the lake. That phrase may lead you to believe that we were out on a boat or actually interacting with the water, but no, it is just what my family has always said when they take a drive by Lake Michigan. Every time I go back I am struck down by the quality of the light: the angle, the brightness, everything is in focus. And the moments before dusk that we call The Golden Hour here, lasts for four hours there. It seems endless and stays light until 9 pm this time of year.
After the long flight back we were all pretty excited to be on the ground and heading home. Rylie, so much so, that she squealed the whole way down the colorful corridor to the baggage claim. We are happily settling back in, but we are truly missing our cousins too and we know that baby Kyler has probably already turned into a different baby since we saw him last.