Vietnam Memorial Washington DC 2018

The Vietnam Memorial was incredible with all the names of those brave souls who lost their lives in that war. The monument starts off small then continually gets bigger and bigger as you walk through it. It really shows how terrible war really is as there were so many names, over 58 thousand, written on the wall. The wall is very close the Lincoln Memorial and blends in to the natural surroundings so well that it would be easy to miss on a casual stroll through park. The granite is so polished that it is reflective and in some of the pictures you can see our images reflected on the wall. Read more »

Posted: August 10th, 2018 under Museums, Parks, USA - No Comments.

Lincoln Memorial Washington DC 2018

This was James’ favorite monument in Washington, so much so we visited it on two different days. James has always liked Abraham Lincoln and he was sure glad to see such a wonderful monument to one of his favorite (if not favorite) Presidents. This monument is the beginning of several great monuments all in a row, simply walking from one to another was alot of fun, but by the end of the day you were worn out because of all the walking you did. Still we determined it was better to walk or take a cab as the traffic was pretty heavy most of the time in Washington DC. Read more »

Posted: August 10th, 2018 under Museums, USA - No Comments.

Vacation Car Pics 2018

Our extended weekend vacation involved much travel as we went through Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. With this much driving it was natural for us to take a few pictures from the car, some are of the tunnel in PA, others are a scenic lookout in New Jersey, and still others are driving through Delaware and Baltimore, plus a bear at the PA rest area and an old style pay phone also at a PA rest area (James never saw one). One of our favorites was a rainbow over the Tappan Zee Bridge as we crossed into Sleepy Hallow and Tarrytown. Pretty much a hodge podge of pics but we had alot of fun taking them. Read more »

Posted: August 10th, 2018 under USA - No Comments.

Colon Car Show 2018

Colon Car Show was going on during the Get Together and featured many different classic cars and vehicles. What was really nice was the Police and Fire Dept were there displaying their vehicles as well which was cool. James used his allowance to buy a Fire Dept T shirt which as nice as he thanked them for their service. Mom is the big car fan and she simply loved this, especially since we didn’t even know it was going on. Hopefully it will be on the schedule for next year for sure. Read more »

Posted: August 4th, 2018 under Festivals, Michigan - No Comments.

81st Magic Get Together 2018

Wow, did we have a good time at the Abbotts Get Together. Unlike last year, the fireworks were not rained out on Friday and looked awesome. The weather was perfect, perhaps a little on the hot side as it hit 91 degrees on Saturday, but it wasn’t that unbearable heat that sometimes happens in August. We saw several magic shows, the Friday night firework show, street performers, magic dealers, and some of the best magicians in the world. If you have not had a chance to see a Get Together show you should make sure to plan for one next year, as the shows are really incredible but the atmosphere is where the real magic is, just a wonderful bunch of people having fun doing magic. Read more »

Posted: August 4th, 2018 under Festivals, Michigan - No Comments.

VIP Camp 2018

James had another fantastic year at VIP Camp. His favorite part was zooma dancing right before a thunderstorm knocked out the power to the Taylor Sports Complex where the camp was taking place. This year had many field trips including Turtle Cove, Skore Lanes (two trips including the last day party), Texas Roadhouse, Movie Theatre (where he saw Transylvania 3), Heritage park, and the Sterling Heights Play Place. All in all a great success, big thanks to the staff at VIP camp and all James’ friends that made is such a nice memory for him. Read more »

Posted: August 2nd, 2018 under Michigan, Playtime - No Comments.

Congrats on a Great Track Season

Annapolis’s Track Season officially ended today with a pizza party and awards. We were very proud of James who participated throughout the season and finished what he began, improving at the shot put the entire time. James made it to practices and events despite the weather (which seemed more unpredictable this year than most) which says much about his attitude and worth ethic.
James came home with a letter, a certificate, and a plaque with the entire team photo on it, kudos to James and Annapolis for rewarding participants like this. We have uploaded pics of all three here.

James has gotten his own shot put and plans on working out with the shot put ball and his workout bench this summer to become better in his sophomore year and continuing through his high school career at Annapolis. We have the back yard set up for him so he can measure his throws and also have those solar lights so he can throw a little after the sun sets on those exceptionally hot days. Read more »

Posted: May 31st, 2018 under School - No Comments. Tags: , ,

Pink Flamingos

Here is something you don’t see every day in our neighborhood, a bunch of pink flamingo’s in one of our neighbors yard. Last weekend we had a garage sale in this area (not the same house but close) and the flamingos were not there at that time, then Dad spotted them on his way to work and snapped the pic on the way home that day. We do not know the story behind this but it should be interesting. One thing for sure, the pink flamingos certainly brighten up the lawn (although cutting the lawn would certainly be hard with all those wire legs).

Posted: May 17th, 2018 under General, Michigan - No Comments.

Spring 2018

Finally some decent weather and Mom was able to work on the yard a bit. Shown here are some pics from the work done and we think it looks fabulous. Ironically while posting these pics, Mom’s facebook showed what she posted a year ago and it was pictures of the yard from 2017. One of these plants actually grows strawberries and in one of the pics you can see that at least one of the strawberries is getting ready for picking. This should be a great season as we finally begin enjoying the spring weather. With Mothers day just ending we still had flowers inside which made for a great spring setting! Read more »

Posted: May 17th, 2018 under General, Home, Michigan - No Comments.

Mothers Day 2018

Despite it being a very wet weekend with tons of rain and even some flooding in certain areas, we managed to show Mom a good time on Mothers day as we visited several antique stores, a coin shop (Mom collects half dollars) and had lunch at East Side Mario’s. James got to see Grandma as well as he dropped off a gift he had picked out for her while shopping earlier. A really great day despite the horrible wet weather, hopefully we can get back to sunny skies quickly.

Posted: May 12th, 2018 under Mom/Dad Day - No Comments. Tags: