Bronners and Frankenmuth 2017

Mom had a coupon for Bavarian Inn so on the trip back from Mackinac we ate a late lunch in Frankenmuth and then proceeded to Bronners to round out the day. Mom also had a coupon for 15% off anything we buy at Bronners so we checked everything out and saved a little money along the way. James saw a $4,500 Christmas tree he liked that he liked in the Christmas tree forest, the tree was taller than our home. On the way out we saw the Bronners parade float and snapped a couple pics there as well. It was a really great finale to a wonderful time up North. Read more »

Posted: June 26th, 2017 under Family, Michigan - 2 Comments. Tags:

Mackinaw Island 2017

It was a wee bit chilly on the boat ride to and from Mackinaw city, but we survived and then bought Mackinaw sweaters on the island. James and Dad went through the Mirror Maze and completed it, then followed up with a visit to the haunted house where James survived terrifying creatures of the night. Mom loved the shopping and we all met up to go down to the rock beach and attempt to skip stones. Like the city, new stores replace old every year and this year was no different, with the Magic shop next to the haunted house gone. One thing that was really different was seeing a cruise ship docked at Mackinaw City, seems an 11 day cruise of the Great Lakes was taking place which started in Chicago, how fun would that be! Read more »

Posted: June 25th, 2017 under Family, Michigan - 1 Comment. Tags:

Mackinaw City 2017

It seems that every year we go to Mackinaw there is something new to see. This year we noticed a couple magic shops were missing but a new haunt had appeared. Unfortunately by the time we got to Mackinaw Crossing the haunts were closed, at least we got to go through the one on the island. After checking out all the souvenir stores at the crossing, James found a laser game he liked and did it a couple times till he made the top ten and got a little cert from the store that he had accomplished this feat. Meanwhile Mom was thrilled that the lilac bushes in the city were blooming and took several pics of them. Toward the evening we went to the park where James jumped back and forth under the bridge between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Read more »

Posted: June 25th, 2017 under Family, Michigan - 1 Comment. Tags:

Daves Barbecue Restaurant

Mom has been trying to get to Dave’s Barbecue for the past year, yet something always comes up and we don’t seem to make it. Finally all the moons and stars and planets aligned and we were able to take her to Dave’s for a barbecue feast. James loved the food as well and said to put it on his list of good restaurants (which is a very small list to be sure). We now have two favorite rib places, Boneyard which is North of us a few miles, and Daves, which is South of us a few miles.
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Posted: June 24th, 2017 under Family - 1 Comment. Tags:

O.W. Best Awards Night

It was a special night for James as he attended the O.W. Best awards night and came away with two awards, one for character and the other for extra effort. The ceremony lasted about an hour and afterwards refreshments were served for everyone. Mom and Dad were in attendance and could not have been more proud of James, especially since he transferred to O.W. Best from Lincoln Park in the middle of the school year which could not have been easy, but he did a great job of it. James last day of Middle School was a half day tomorrow, so for all intensive purposes this was his graduation ceremony. Video’s of the event are below the pictures.
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Posted: June 13th, 2017 under School - 1 Comment.

Neighbor’s Graduation Party

James and family attended a graduation party for one of our neighbors, hard to believe not too long ago she was riding a bicycle up and down Tulane and now has graduated High School. The party was outdoors and was cool because the neighbors pulled up the fence making it a 2 log graducation party with a swimming pool. A very beautiful event and a great day for everybody. James was so inspired by the party that he has already asked our neighbors to remove their fences in preparation for his graduation 4 years from now.

Posted: June 10th, 2017 under Playtime - 1 Comment.

O.W. Best Dance

This was James first dance at O.W. Best and he had a great time. The dance was a little bit more formal than the ones he had at Lincoln Park since it was 8th graders only and was sort of a graduation dance as these kids will be heading into Annapolis next year. James said the music was good, but it was not live as they had a DJ (which is cool).

Posted: June 2nd, 2017 under School - 1 Comment. Tags: ,

Memorial Day 2017 – Spring Rainbow

We believe this is our first rainbow of 2017 and it was a pretty little guy. James ran out and took pics as soon as it stopped raining and sure enough there it was.

It was certainly an eventful day that included planting tomatoes and strawberries in James’ garden, having a cook out, watching a movie, and James got to meet some of Dbn Hgts finest as well. With all that we still made sure to remember our finest citizens (soldiers) who did not make it back to enjoy these times with us and we thank them for the freedom we have now. Rest in peace Uncle Raymond.
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Posted: May 29th, 2017 under Memorial/Labor - 1 Comment.

Canterbury Village 2017

Our first visit to Canterbury Village was fun but again we were hurrying to beat the rain. We dropped Mom off at Great Lakes Crossing outlet mall and then James and his Dad head straight to the Halloween stores at Canterbury Village (about ten minutes away from the Outlet mall on Joslyn street). We found plenty of Halloween stuff and more importantly discounted Halloween stuff. This is the time to buy Halloween, not October.

James found a weather center that he liked and also a large alarm clock, Dad told me if he graduates OW Best we will come back in June and get him one or the other as a graduation gift. James did end up buying a batter tester so he knows when his batteries are low in his games.

Posted: May 20th, 2017 under Michigan, Parks - 1 Comment. Tags: ,

Cemetery Sax

While placing flowers at our family graves a sax player was playing to some of the graves.

Posted: May 14th, 2017 under Mom/Dad Day, Parks - 1 Comment.