Monday, October 16, 2017

Youch


This weekend, during a very windy night, this boat broke off its mooring and washed up on the beach. All day Sunday and all day today she was stuck on the shore. I believe the waves let up enough tonight so they were able to pull her off the beach.

Hopefully, there's not too much damage. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Field Trip!

If you look closely you'll see two very happy kiddos in the back window of that bus. They were happy because on Friday the Island's elementary kids went on a field trip. Our first stop was the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. 

It's a wonderful museum way up on Whitefish Point,
 
 Right on the shores of Lake Superior.


After we explored the museum and the looked for rocks, we headed south to Tahquamenon Falls.


It was a beautiful spot for a picnic lunch, and, of course, we had to explore the falls. The kids wanted to stay longer, but we had a long trip home.
 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sunrise Kayaking

A week or so ago we were lucky to get to participate in a sunrise kayaking trip.  And while hauling our half asleep selves down the hill at 6:00 am on a Sunday was a bit of a challenge, the sunrise did not disappoint.


After a quick tutorial  on maneuvering and paddling we were off. S and I in one kayak, with my mom and K in another.

It was such a wonderful morning to be out on the water; it was calm as could be. We even got to watch the beavers swimming in the cove. There wasn't enough light to get a decent picture, but it was pretty amazing to silently float along as they swam around us.

Did I mention the sunset? It was beautiful...

video 

I may not have gotten good photos of the beavers, but my friend, Mary, managed to catch them...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sorely Neglected

My poor little blog; so ignored; so neglected.

So many things have happened in the last few months,
yet somehow they never quite made it here. 

Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll have some
time to catch up...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Weekend


This past weekend ended up being rather hectic after my dad was in a bike accident. He's just fine now, but when he was dizzy and nauseous after hitting his head, we were quite concerned.


A trip to the ER, three staples, and a night in the hospital later, the neurologist was confident he was just suffering from a nasty concussion. A few days of rest  and he should be as good as new.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Today's Giggle


I stopped at my favorite thrift shop the other day and giggled when I saw this. I'm not sure why I found it so funny, but it made me laugh out loud...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lucky Girl

 

A few days ago my daughter decided to look for four leaf clovers in our front yard.


After finding her first one, she ran in the house, excited to show us her find. But, of course, one clover wasn't enough, so she popped back outside to keep looking.


By the end of her search, she'd found a total of five, four leaf clovers. All five of them are currently tucked away in my Grandma's giant dictionary until we can get a frame for them. Looking back, I think we should have gone down to Doud's that day to get a lottery ticket.




Sunday, July 30, 2017

Slimy!


Slugs are fairly common on Mackinac Island. Big slimy leopard slugs that can be up to six or seven inches long.

I often see them trying to cross the road on damp mornings during the summer months. (The squished ones are really gross.)


I found this one crossing my yard on his/her (slugs are both - they're hermaphrodites) way to have a snack in my garden. I relocated it to the back of the empty lot across the street where it can nibble on the greens to its heart's content. I'd rather it not munch on my flowers.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Want a Piece?

 
As you can tell from their faces,  Seattle's Gum Wall was not on of my kids' favorite stops. I was OK at first. All that gum was kind of amazing - it was everywhere, on everything. And this actually isn't all the gum. Apparently, in 2015, they removed over 2,000 pounds of the stuff from the walls of the alley.

As we walked we saw simple gobs of gum smashed into the bricks,  little sculptures made from  gum, and even gum used to post little messages on the wall. Other really creative people used multiple pieces to spell out words. 

I was just fine as I wandered around thinking, "I wonder how much all that gum weighs?" and "I bet the acidity of the gum isn't good for those bricks," until S and I posed for this picture:


As I opened my mouth and got close, I instantly regretted it. Even at over a foot from the wall, the air was so saturated with the sickeningly sweet smell of gum, I could actually taste it. Ugh! It was so gross! Luckily we were already on out way down the alley and out to fresher air.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Seattle Aquarium

We loved the Seattle Aquarium. Partially because we're just geeky people, but also because the sea otters completely stole our hearts. They were just about the most adorable things I've ever seen. Don't believe me? Check out their live Otter-Cams here.

Another wonderful exhibit at the aquarium was Life on the Edge: Sea Life in Puget Sound Tide Pools. Both S and K spent a lot of time there. Since the sea anemones in the sound are not poisonous like their warm-water relatives, we could touch them. K loved how sticky their tentacles felt.


S loved touching the sea stars and the spiky sea urchins. 


Both kids also had a great time posing with each and every statue we found within the aquarium. (Don't worry, there were no real germ-infested kisses.)


I know it seems expensive to visit places such as the Seattle Aquarium, but if you go to Seattle with kids just bite the bullet and go. The aquarium may be on the small side, but we loved it and found the it well worth the entrance cost.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Irises


Earlier this summer, the irises were blooming in the garden and they looked so pretty. The shapes inside were so interesting,


and the sunlight lit the flowers' interior in such an interesting way, I couldn't resist and took about a zillion pictures.

There's just something about flowers blooming in the garden that just makes me smile...


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fireworks!


The Island's fireworks this year this year were really good. They started out a little on the slow side but built up into a wonderful finale. Well, three finales actually. The technicians  kept psyching us out, but when the horns sounded after the third one, we knew they were over. It was a great way to end a fun-filled day.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day


Happy Independence Day!
Our day is going to be filled with good friends,
games, a picnic, and of course fireworks.
How about you?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Seattle: Kerry Park


We were a little surprised to be treated to sun on our first day in Seattle. Ying Ying and Miguel thought it was a prefect day to check out the view from Kerry Park.


It was a lovely little scenic overlook with an amazing view of Seattle, as well as art to appreciate. Which, of course, meant the kids had to climb all over it.


Plus, down below, the kids discovered a wonderful little playground. And who can resist new playground equipment? Certainly not my family - we had to try every single thing! It was great fun.
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Trolls

Michigan's Lower Peninsula (beneath the Mackinac Bridge) isn't the only place you can find trolls; did you know Seattle has one too? He's known as the Fremont Troll, he lives under the Aurora Bridge, and he's big.

Big enough to grab a Volkswagen Bug from the road.

Both of the kids loved exploring his domain. Luckily he was very amiable and quite happy to let the kids climb all over him.

Ying Ying, Allen and I, were happy to just spend some time together. It was so nice spending the day with her!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vacation!

Way back in 2000, we were lucky enough to host an exchange student from China. We fell in love with her and have kept in touch all these years.

She and her husband are living in Seattle these days, and we were lucky enough to get an invitation to spend a week with them right after school got out.



Seattle was such a neat city, but visiting with Y was the best part of the trip!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Progress

The "Teacherage," as my husband has taken to calling it, is coming along nicely...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Memorial Weekend

Over Memorial Weekend
we stayed in one of our favorite
little cabins. But we also:
watched Michigan's largest Memorial Day parade,

practiced the finer points of baggataway
at Fort Michilimackinac,



 and made mom happy by making sure the
weekend included just a little bit of learning.

Except for the mosquitoes,
 it was a great unofficial start to summer. 
(It has to be unofficial since our last day of school
isn't until Friday.)