Thursday, November 29, 2012

Our Mini Vacation

This Thanksgiving holiday we decided to go out of town for a mini-trip.  We invited my husband's parents along, and delightfully they agreed.


Along the way to our destination we stopped at Bronner's, which is the world's largest Christmas store in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  If you haven't seen it, this place is just amazing.  We go at least once a year, but our 5-yr. old is at the perfect age to remember it.  We didn't get there until dark (work is always getting in the way of things), but we still had such a good time.

You know you are in for a treat when you pull up because the huge parking lot is all lit up with life-sized decorations aplenty.  It truly is a winter wonderland, and my son was in awe.

Looking through the big Kaleidoscope
Little Happy Face


The store really is incredible.  There are ornaments of every kind, all over the store.  One of my favorites that I selected to bring home was baby Jesus in the manger.
The Nativity Scene section

And I LOVED these ornaments made in Russia.  I went back to this table three times contemplating the purchase, but the glass was so delicate I was afraid it wouldn't survive the trip, so I came home without one. I liked them so much though, that I may still order one online.

These were made in Russia and were sooo delicate, and just beautiful!

Bronners has every kind of Santa Claus you can imagine.  They also have a lot of outdoor items, and these great snow villages set up in a section of the store. There are literally holiday goodies in every nook and cranny of the store (which is huge, by the way), including hanging from the ceilings and up high around the ceiling borders.




And of course I have to give props to anyone who dedicates a whole section to college football and then puts together a Spartans tree for display (yeah, they had that other team too, but we're not going to talk about that ;) ).
An entire Spartans section! Sweet!

A Spartans Tree!

It turned out to be a really fun stop along the way. I enjoyed looking at all of the Christmas items.  I always do.  But my favorite thing this trip was how happy our youngest was surrounded by all of the fun holiday items.  He got a little tired at the end, but his eyes sparkled the whole time and he couldn't quit smiling.  That made it the best trip ever (for him and for me).


If you have a chance to stop by Bronner's before the holidays get here, it's well worth the trip (and Santa is there now too).  Or if you've never heard of them, or are too far away to make the trip, check their store out online. You'll be glad you did.

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  1. Loved this. I used to go to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg at Christmas time and it's amazing there also with all shops and streets decorated. Christmas music playing everywhere. I love this time of the year. :)

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    1. I bet it IS pretty there this time of the year!

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  2. What a place that must be!

    But the best part, is the big smile on your Little Guy!!!

    :-)

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    1. Kids make it even better, that's for sure. :)

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  3. I love Bronner's!!!!! When my sister lived in Livonia we went there quite often. Every year I get ornaments from there (order them online of course). :)

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    1. We get at least one there every year too, and if we go in person I can never stop at one.

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  4. What a fabulous place! Very beautiful pictures!

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  5. Wow, that looks like a Christmas wonderland! Your boy looks like he's in heaven :)

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    1. Christmas brings out the amazing in lots of stuff, doesn't it! We're about to decorate our tree here so my little guy's bouncing around like Tigger w/excitement, lol.

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  7. Rosie, YAY for the mini-vacation! Aren't they refreshing? Love your pictures -- especially that your sweet boy is dressed in my school colors, the beloved scarlet and gray! (GO Buckeyes!)

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    1. One of my closest friends took her son to see a Buckeyes game...said it was the highlight of her life. -__- ;)

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  8. Oh my goodness! That place looks like heaven... and you're right! Perfect for a 5 yr old! my girls would love it!! Great vacay!

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    1. I love to go any time of the year, but it's even better during the holidays. We missed Santa by a day though. Boo. Luckily, my son didn't even notice. ;)

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  9. How cool! I remember seeing Bronner's on a Travel Channel special a few years back about awesome Christmas places to visit.

    For my part time job, I price home-owner's insurance claims and when the insured claims that their Christmas stuff has been destroyed and needs to be replaced, Bronner's is the first place I go to look for the replacement product.

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    1. I didn't know they were on a travel special. I like to watch those sometimes too.

      Your PT job sounds interesting!

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  10. Oh this place sounds like an absolute blast!!! I would LOVE this place!

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    1. They have pretty much everything you could possibly think of (holiday related), that's for sure!

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  11. I am following back from Friday Chaos! Thanks for linking up!

    -Logan
    www.southernsunflowersandcoffeebeans.com

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  12. awww what a fun time! I love having mini vacations, think I should take the kids on one sometime here soon!

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    1. They can be just the right boost! Things get so busy all of the time.

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  13. One of my friends JUST told me we should venture over to that Frankenmurth place for a mini-trip (we're in Cleveland). Might just have to do that sometime!

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    1. Ohh, you should. Check out their website before you go so you can see what events are going on. There's also an outlet mall very close by, if you like to shop. :)

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  14. Oh my...what a place! I bet you can't even absorb it all in!;)

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    1. I wonder how they keep everything so clean. That's a LOT of stuff to dust. ;)

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  15. That store looks absolutely amazing Rosey - I'd be as happy as your little one in there, definitely lol
    xxx

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    1. I'm always the most excited one to go...well, I was until now. I bet little man will have me beat next time (not that he KNOWS). :)

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  16. wow!!seems you all had a great time....Nice pictures of Christmas decorations...

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  17. Funny you have this posted up today. My husband has been trying to talk me into going there this year. It's like a 4 hour trip one way from our house, so I haven't been convinced it's worth the drive. I do love your photos and might have to change my mind now!

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    1. Make sure you check out the website to get the deals, and find out what's going on. They have a huge ice sculpture event going on in January...and I don't know what else, but seems like there's always something.

      Oh, and I'm going to post about our hotel soon, make sure you take a look. I have a hunch your kids will LOVE it. :)

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  18. L'm sure you can't decide which want to choose from those fantastic collection! Thanks so much for your lovely comment ...

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    1. Thank you for your visit. :)
      It is hard to decide what to get, if I lived closer it would be even worse. ;)

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  19. Those ornaments are beautiful. I think I'll check out their online store...since I'm a ways from it...

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    1. Sometimes they have discounts too, so you can look around for those if you do go shopping. :)

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  20. That store looks like so much fun! I wish we had something like that near here :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Happy weekend, Frugal in WW.

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  21. What an awesome store! I could get really get lost in a place like that!

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    1. Ha, funny you should say that... I always find myself turned around at some point, wondering where to find the family I came in with (except for the kiddos who I keep close to me). I'm glad you stopped by, I was just thinking tonight that I wanted to go visit your blog. :)

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  22. I love your pics from the store! It looks like you had a great Christmas-y time. Great way to get into the holiday spirit.

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    1. That was Thanksgiving Eve, so it was the PERFECT way to get in the Christmas spirit. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  23. I love these ornaments! I wish I lived closer to this shop - I'd spend hours and probably too much money in there lol How do you even decide what to get, they're all amazing

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    1. There are tons I like but always one or two that just jumps out at me. :)

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  24. Definitely somewhere I'd love to visit.

    Little man is definitely beaming! It's such a blessing to see life again through our children.

    Glad you had a great time Rosey!

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    1. Thanks, Colette. The kids do make everything better (even when things are already good!). :)

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  25. Wow I'd love to visit that store! Looks like a ton of fun :)

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for hosting it, and for visiting. :)

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  26. what a fun way to make happy memories!!! thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo

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    1. Thanks for hosting it (and I love your home decorations that are up on your blog: http://katherinescorner.com/2012/11/30/the-stockings-are-hung/ ).


      Thanks for the visit. :)

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  27. Oh my goodness how amazing! This looks like fun, lol i want to go. Your son looks like he had a lot of fun.How long did you guys stay? I could wonder around for hours! I'm stopping by from the weekend blog hop. I hope you and the fam are having a great weekend.

    Nikki
    www.thecraftysideofsarcasm.com

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    1. We were there for a few hours, we always spend that much time in there but it seems to go by fast. :)

      I'm coming over to visit your blog now too, thanks for the visit!

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  28. I've never been to a store anything like Bronner's. Your little boy is so estatic - I would be, too. This is the perfect place esp if you are just starting out. I'd rather be at a real store, for the experience, and also to really see what the item is, online can be a real pain that way. Wow fun!!!!

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