James 14th Birthday

Its hard to believe James is now 14 years old and going to High School. James got plenty of gifts this year, especially in the mail. Thanks to Aunt Criss, Uncle Ken, Grandma, Aunt Peg, Keith & Renee, and of course Mom & Dad. James got to pick his favorite restaurant so we went to the China Buffet for dinner (James had school). When asked if he wanted a party or was still happy with having the Halloween party instead he immediately answered Halloween. Read more »

Posted: September 18th, 2017 under Birthdays - No Comments.

Abbott’s 80th Magic Get Together Colon MI

We have two weeks each year that are just exhausting due to having so much fun. The week of James’ Halloween Party is one of those weeks and the other is Magic Week in Colon Michigan which features the Abbott Magic Get Together (also James has his VIP camp finale this week so it is truly a busy week for us). Magicians everywhere performing on the streets, performing in tents, performing on stage, and performing in shops. We have been coming to these since James was 2 so he loves it and in that time has been called up on stage twice by magicians to help. Read more »

Posted: August 5th, 2017 under Festivals - No Comments.

Woodhaven Festival & Side Show

Woodhaven is right next to Trenton just off I75 and each year they have an awesome summer festival that has to be seen to believed. This year was special for James as he got to see the Side Show folks he had met earlier in the summer performing for real (they will also be performing at the Magic Get Together a month from now). The banner line for the side show is literally gigantic as you can see from some of these pics. The carnival is free to attend, parking is reasonable and close, and a great time was had by all. Read more »

Posted: July 6th, 2017 under Festivals - No Comments.

A Summer Project

Nothing better for a boy and his dad to work on a nice summer project, and this year was the marble roller coaster. On the surfact this looks pretty simple, but actual construction was problematical at best as many items had to be considered. After several hours, and help from Kitty Thelma, we were finally able to make the thing work and video taped it as proof because we suspect not too many people would have the patience to deal with this thing. Read more »

Posted: June 27th, 2017 under Playtime - No Comments.

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:

James Visit To The Side Show

James got a chance to go behind the scenes as the Great American Side Show was cleaning their trailers and doing maintenance on their tent and posters in Clawson MI. While talking they brought out the “bed of nails” and showed James how to lie on the bed of nails with no danger to himself. James thought this was great and for a brief moment James did the 2017 version of running off and joining the circus. James also saw the blade box and electric chair. Dad was there as well, doing research for a book about magic illusions and the side shows over the last century. As Spring nears its completion it certainly looks like its going to be a very interesting summer.
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Posted: June 17th, 2017 under Playtime - No Comments.

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.