Christmas 2018

What a great Christmas we had this year, we did things a little different with different food, different lighting, and different decorations.  Our holiday began with visits to Grandma’s house and then Peg (at the hospital).  Our friend Dynamike the magician visited us and we watched a magic movie and exchanged gifts.  Dynamike gave James a big old box that had a smaller box, and so on and so on till he finally got to the gift, a penny for his coin collection.

This year we put the snowmen outside but did not turn on the lights in them, that way you could see the laser effect on the house much better.

Christmas day arrived and we began opening presents, all sorts of goodies, too many to name here.  We then ate and watched a Christmas movie while playing with our new toys and clothes.

Posted: December 25th, 2018 under Christmas - No Comments.

Santas Magic Forest 2018

Every year we go to this event in Taylor and see all the beautiful Christmas decorations.  Mom and Dad surprised James by telling him that we were going to the post office to mail letters and James bought it.  We noticed many more items added to the display this year so its great to see it evolve through these pictures as we make a sort of historical record of the Christmas display.  Lots of fun and great to see all our friends as well on a beautifully lit December evening.

VIP Camp once again hosted a wonderful event and James got to meet his friends from summer camp before Christmas. Read more »

Posted: December 18th, 2018 under Festivals - No Comments.

Dads Birthday 2018

A sure sign that it is getting closer to Christmas is Dad’s birthday. Dad has always complained that he gets short changed on his birthday because it is so close to Christmas that most people just got him one gift for both, but for the past few years we have moved his birthday (at least the gift part of it) to November 1st where we take him out to the Halloween shops to buy decorations at 50 – 90 percent off.

However we still celebrate his birthday in December so now (in a way) he sort of gets two birthdays each year on his two favorite holidays each year, Christmas and Halloween.

Posted: December 17th, 2018 under Birthdays, General - No Comments.

Thanksgiving 2018

What an awesome Thanksgiving we had this year, first watching the parade on TV then chowing down on Turkey and Stuffing.  We then watched the Lions lose to the Bears in the Detroit Thanksgiving Day game, a tradition which goes back to the thirties!  Later we called Uncle Don to wish him happy birthday as his birthday this year happened to fall on Thanksgiving.

The next day we visited Aunt Peg then began decorating for Christmas.

Saturday was the big game with Ohio state and, unfortunately, Ohio state won relatively easily despite the fact that Michigan was favored.

Despite the lousy football, it was a great time for the family.

Posted: November 22nd, 2018 under Thanksgiving - No Comments.

Halloween Party 2018

Once again we hosted James Halloween Party and once again everyone enjoyed themselves at the party.  The party started at about 1:30 and ended about 7pm and had a parade a guests coming through during this time.  James had plenty of friends show up, some from Lincoln Park, some from VIP Camp, some from Annapolis, and some of our neighbors which made for a great time.  We had some new props on display trying to keep things looking fresh and keeping the surprises coming.  One of our new items was an animated Michael Myers, something Mom had wanted since she first saw it at Manuels Taco.  Also new this year were some evil toys in a box along with an evil rocking chair.  All in all a great bunch of fun.

Posted: October 27th, 2018 under Halloween - No Comments.

2018 Haunted Garage Sale

Once again we visited the haunted garage sale, this time in a new location – Canton. When we first went it was in Belleville (which is our favorite location because there was plenty of parking) then it moved to an ice rink in Wayne and finally this location. Parking was poor at best but we managed to make it in. James and Mom both found some great deals and the place had a good atmosphere. As usual there were many unusual items and a pretty good selection, however the parking is really starting to be an issue and we hope it improves as we were very lucky to get a spot and were actually about to give up. All in all a fun day as we all had fun! Read more »

Posted: September 8th, 2018 under Festivals, Halloween, Michigan - No Comments.

Lowes Car Show Labor Day Weekend

While shopping at the Allen Park plaza (where the old VA used to be) we ran across this unique car show that had a huge big screen TV at the center and many unique vehicles. The big screen tv was showing American Graffiti and was pretty visible despite it being daylight outside. Many official vehicles were there from Allen Park such as the police car which James really liked. Our favorite was a creepy car with a coffin in it which seemed ripe for Halloween. All in all a great start to our Labor Day weekend. Read more »

Posted: September 1st, 2018 under Festivals, Memorial/Labor, Michigan - No Comments.

Lincoln Park Days Festival

Big festival in Lincoln Park with tons of rides, midways, and even a small petting zoo. James visited to support his VIP camp and bought some lottery tickets at the VIP Camp booth. James participated in the Police frisbee throw and won a frisbee, he also got a free water bottle at one of the booths so he was very happy about that. Later we visited the petting zoo and were totally impressed by two turtles that they had there (there were other animals but the turtles were pretty cool). On the way home we stopped at Sears, then picked up lunch at Wendy’s, all in all a very fun time. Read more »

Posted: August 26th, 2018 under Festivals, Michigan - No Comments.

VIP Camp – Awesome Park Cleanup Crew

Thank to the awesome helpers who came out to participate in the Park Clean Up Fundraiser. Not only were we able to raise enough money for one field trip with busing next year but Konely and James both walked away with free backpacks supplied by the Lincoln Park Police Department who hosts a Cops Care benefit each year. Once again we had the privileged of participating in their fun event after our clean up! Nothing like free food and backpacks after a little bit of work! Read more »

Posted: August 19th, 2018 under Michigan, Parks - No Comments.

First Halloween Store Visit 2018

This year our first Spirit Halloween store that was opened and reasonably stocked was in Canton MI. The fact that its mid August did not deter the family as we made a quick visit and Mom bought a T shirt (she had a 20% off coupon she got in email). James really liked the blue fog (we took several pictures of it) and says he wants that for his Birthday, not sure how practical that is but the important thing was we all had a little Halloween fun at a very early stage of the year. Read more »

Posted: August 17th, 2018 under Michigan, Playtime - No Comments.