Meteor of 2016

Meteor lights up the neighborhood for a second. We all felt it but only James saw the light it caused.

Posted: January 16th, 2018 under General, James Weather Video Blog, Michigan - No Comments.

Happy New Year 2018

Posted: January 1st, 2018 under New Years - No Comments.

Christmas 2017

What a fun Christmas we had this year, lots of fun, lots of food, and plenty of presents. The day actually started around midnight when we began putting the gifts out. The new “IT” movie was playing and it was dark and snowy outside which created a kind of aura in the house. Breakfast finally came and Mary made her famous chocolate chip French Toast, then we opened gifts and listened to Christmas music on Jame’s new stereo. After eating a beautiful ham dinner we watched movies including “This Christmas” and “Christmas Vacation” while putting together and playing with our new gifts. Many thanks for all the cards and gifts, James has special thanks to Grandma, Aunt Criss, and Uncle Kenny for their gifts through the mail.
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Posted: December 25th, 2017 under Christmas - No Comments. Tags:

Santa’s Magic Forest 2017

Hard to believe its been a year since we last visited this wonderful Christmas display at Heritage park in Taylor. The weather was a balmy 18 degrees and their was about 4 inches of snow on the ground, so the stage was set for a very memorable Christmas visit. James got to see his friends from VIP camp (although one was absent who we all missed, Jame’s friend Sammy who he had known since Hoover Elementary, passed away unexpectedly in late November). Read more »

Posted: December 12th, 2017 under Christmas - No Comments.

Plymouth’s Walk of Tree’s Christmas 2017

Plymouth is a fun place to be year round, but it has several reasons for making a winter trek out that way. Not only do they do the ice sculpture in January, but they have the Walk of Trees Festival in December! Tree’s are decorated for the holidays by various persons and company’s and they line the walk way of Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth. James and his family visited there this day (the trees are constantly lit so if you have a dreary cloudy day they will surely brighten up your day) and had a blast visiting the shops and seeing the trees. James got a miniature Eiffel tower for his French class, Mom got chocolate covered potato chips, and Dad got a realistic battery operated candle that works for both Christmas and Halloween.

After leaving Plymouth we stopped off at one of Mom’s favorite shops, the Town Peddler where James had his picture taken in their new photo op area. To top off the day’s activities we stopped in to see how Aunt Peg was doing. All and all a very active and fun day, although it was a little cold outside in the park.
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Posted: December 10th, 2017 under Christmas, Festivals, Parks - No Comments. Tags:

Christmas Lightfest at Hines Park Wayne County 2017

Its been awhile since we went to the light fest at Hines Park, but on this day the conditions were perfect. 1st you need a while blanket of snow but 2nd, it has to be no more than an inch or two or the drive to becomes difficult. This day was perfect and was confirmed by the thousands of cars we saw going through. James had a blast and really enjoyed the “time tunnel” concept which dropped us off in a prehistoric time of dinosaurs. Mom and Dad enjoyed the Santa training center where reindeers are trained to fly by running up a ramp, jumping, and coming down softly in a parachute. Everyone enjoyed seeing the life size bumble putting the star on the tree. The Hines Park Light fest features more than 47 giant animated displays and more than one million lights; it is the Midwest’s largest and longest light show. The complete Light fest route is over four miles of Hines Drive. Read more »

Posted: December 9th, 2017 under Christmas, Parks - No Comments.

Frankenmuth & Bronners Over Thanksgiving Weekend

We spent the last day (Sunday) of the Thanksgiving holiday up in Frankenmuth MI. Bronners was so crowded we actually could not find a parking place so we skipped ahead to the Mall – where carolers were performing Christmas songs – and had lunch at the Bavarian Inn. We sat in the Snow White room (which is unusual, we usually sit in the little red riding hood room) and were entertained with live music and a visit from Santa. We then went back to Bronners which was a little less crowded and enjoyed the sites and sounds of Christmas. Read more »

Posted: November 30th, 2017 under Christmas, Michigan, Thanksgiving - No Comments. Tags: ,

Manuels Taco Hut at Christmas

Each year we go to Manuels Taco Hut for their Halloween display, but this year we wanted to do something different and see their Christmas display. It was well worth it and at least as good as the Halloween one. Lots of decoration above us including a choo choo train that goes along the entire restaurant and plenty of “bumble” (the abominable snowman from Rudolph). James had a great time and enjoyed the food as well. All in all a very fun trip.
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Posted: November 24th, 2017 under Christmas - No Comments.

After Halloween Sale 2017

This year many of our usual reliable places must not have ordered as much as the selection was sort of light this year. Cracker Barrel had 70% off, Michaels 80%, Walmart 70%, Spirit 50%, Halloween City 50%, Home Depot 50%, and CVS %50. We did not find any 90%. Spirit and Halloween City had disappointing years in our opinion so there wasn’t much we even wanted at either of these stores. The big winner for sales this year had to be Home Depot and Big Lots (we can throw in Walmart for the cheap skeletons which were less than Spirit or City at 50% off and just as good). The big winner for after Halloween sales had to be Cracker Barrel and Home Depot, both had good selections of their stock left. Walmart did good as well but you had to find the right Walmart, same with Michaels. Some Walmarts and Michaels literally had nothing left, others were great (Belleville Walmart and Allen Park Michaels saved the day in our opinion).

One of the interesting things we found were toilet paper holders that when you spin to get toilet paper they make scary sounds. We also picked up some more projections since the ones we used this year did fine. For materials we were able to get more crafts from Michaels and door covers from Walmart. Life size we only got a were wolf from CVS and a toxic zombie from Spirit. Read more »

Posted: November 5th, 2017 under Halloween - No Comments.

Halloween Day 2017

This year James split time between handing out candy and going trick or treat (just on our block since he is in High School). James had several visitors who had classes with him at Annapolis so that was fun for him, seeing his friends both as a trick or treater and as a candy handler. The weather was good so we moved the giant spider from the back to the front and moved out the skeletons from inside that were set up for the party. This made a very crowded scene that was well received, event the security cameras on the house caught some of the fun video taping all the visitors. Read more »

Posted: November 4th, 2017 under Halloween - No Comments.