These pics were taken a couple days before and a couple days after Mothers day. The day before Mothers day Mary worked a flea market with James. Then on Mothers day we took Grandma and Mom out to dinner at the China Buffet (which now has a Sushi bar, for those who like that type of thing). Then we took the Mom’s out to Flat Rock to shop at an antique store there, then stopped at Aunt Peg’s to drop off some items and pick some items up. Later on that week we went to the Wyandotte city wide garage sale and James got to play at the park. Finally James created a word search puzzle with his name and some of his friends, pretty clever. Read more »
Last year our beloved cat Lucy passed away in October and recently James hinted that we wanted another cat to play with. He specifically wanted a yellow cat. After a couple of weeks, Cindy is fitting in just fine with the family (although Idgie takes her with a grain of salt, we still see them snoozing together from time to time). James enjoys playing with the kitten (yes, she is a kitten but is big for her age) so we thought we would take some pictures of the two of them playing. James even made a “kitty school” out of a cardboard box and Cindy enjoys going in there. Some of these pictures are blurred but it more the kitten moving so fast than anything else. Welcome to the family Cindy.
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A cool spring day presented the perfect opportunity for a trip to Frankenmuth and a visit to Bronners. James went shopping at Bronners and bought a couple Easter lights that were on sale (after Easter sale). James and his family then had a chicken dinner at a pretty crowded Bavarian Inn (We did not expect it to be crowded because it was still pretty cold out, but I think lots of family’s were like us and just said “enough” to winter). We then shopped at their outdoor mall where Mary got to visit the cupcake shop that won a reality show contest (cupcake wars). On the way home we got to listen to the Tigers win over the Yankees so it was a good day all around.
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Easter 2013 had its ups and downs for sure. Earlier in the week Aunt Peg had to go to the Wyandotte hospital for a leg infection which was certainly a major “down”. However the arrival of a new member of the feline part of our family, a yellow cat named Cindy (short for Cinnamon), a couple great outings Easter weekend at East Side Mario’s, Screamers, and the pet store were certainly major “ups”. Michigan beating Florida Easter day to advance to its first final four in twenty years also was a major “up”!
James and his family would certainly like to thank all the family members who sent cards (and in James case, cash)! James seems to have a new interest with his gains each year. Last year it was Wii point cards, this year its Itune cards.
In case you are wondering why we took a picture of a green easter egg and a slice of ham, it was James idea. He wanted to finally try “Green Eggs and Ham”!
Although we stopped at Dinosaur World on the way down to Nashville, the weather was so wet we knew we could not possibly go through the park so we decided to stop on the return trip from Nashville on a much more pleasant day.
Dad and James went through the park and then we met Mom in the gift store. The picture to the left shows Mom and James looking at Jellyfish.
James wanted to do something different this year and have a picture taken at every single exhibit in the park (his logic being that we cannot tell whats new unless we know whats old), so let the tour being.
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Our annual visit to Nashville was one for the books as far as weather was concerned. As nice as it was last year in January, it was equally lousy this year with lots of rain and wet weather for early March. But we made it in time for Grandpa’s birthday (March 1) which we celebrated with a small cupcake party in his room the first day in Nashville.
Saturday was a road trip for Grandpa as a wheelchair van gave him a ride out to the cemetery. Again, the weather made things difficult and Grandpa actually slid out of his wheel chair in the van, but he did get to visit his parents graves which was the goal.
Other highlights of the trip include breakfast at Loveless Cafe, dinner with Uncle Bill at Bar B Cutie, Friday night pizza at the hotel, and a trip to Nashville’s most famous toy store.
Sunday morning we met Uncle Bill at Grandpa’s room and said our good byes. Hopefully we won’t be away for a year this time.
This morning we were on our way to visit Aunt Peg (she is scheduled to go home from Heartland rehab this Wednesday) when we saw a street blocked off at Jackson between Dartmouth and Colgate. The fire department was there putting out a home that was on fire. We hope everyone is ok and safe.
Despite being a little bit under the weather, James had a wonderful Valentines day. All week long he was bringing home art work that he put together in school. Then on Valentines day they had a party at school (James contributed Valentine cards and Reeses Pieces Valentines candy) and the picture shows some of the goodies that James came home with that day. James gave as well as he received, giving Mom two heart shaped boxes of candy, Reeses and Kit Kat style.
James was fine after Valentines day, just a little cough that went away after 24 hours.
Later we found out that James had made the honor roll at school so we should have a certificate later to commemorate that event.
James is currently taking ice skating lessons in Southgate. Several of his friends are there and he is meeting new friends all the time so its a very good social event for him. Skating wise he leaves a little to be desired but he’s only attended three classes at the time of this writing and we are very confident he will become a good skater and that will be something that he can take with him the rest of his life. James enjoys working with his instructors and they are very patient with him so we know he is in good hands.
James has decided to practice on his own with his roller skates in the back yard on sunny winter days so we know he is trying hard.
We will be adding more pictures to this post each week as James progresses through learning how to skate.
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