Thursday, June 28, 2012


Since we get to live on Mackinac Island, sometimes a vacation for us means leaving the place so many people choose to visit when they get a vacation. This week, the kids and I (and a friend) have been staying at my parent's house in Petoskey. The kids have spent the week immersed in:

art classes here,

throwing rocks in the water here,

exploring the natural world with these kind folks,

and of course what extended trip to the mainland would
be complete without going to the movies?

(photo via)

It was cute - and sit through the credits.
There's a wee bit more at the end.

Tomorrow we all head up to a cabin for a nice quiet
and relaxing weekend here... 

So tell me, what have you been up to lately?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Grand Afternoon

Grandma treated the kids and I to a lovely afternoon at Grand Hotel the other day. It was delightful! We enjoyed the buffet lunch (especially the desert table) and then spent a few hours enjoying the hotel grounds.

Shyness is not something my two suffer from, in fact it is quite the opposite. S and K seem to make friends wherever we are. Today it was Max and his dad - visiting from Lansing, MI.  The three of them had a grand time playing croquet, bocce ball and chasing butterflies.

I probably shouldn't admit to this, but probably the kids' favorite part of the afternoon (after filling their plates with a mountain of deserts) was using Max's bug net to fish coins out of the fountain down in the Tea Garden. The three of them were a hoot to watch. Each penny was a valuable treasure - you would have thought they were gold doubloons as excited as the kids got each time they found one...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Counting Again...

I found this while walking by the construction site
on Main Street,

and the five is from the fire hydrant near our house...

Saturday, June 16, 2012


 We spent the morning at British Landing:
looking for fossils, skipping rocks, and wading
in the cool water of Lake Huron.

Days don't get much better...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fishing Birthday Shirt

I love how my daughter's birthday shirt turned out this year! (Can you tell I took the photo back in April - there isn't a leaf to be seen in that picture.)

I wasn't quite sure how I was going to do a fishing shirt. My husband showed me a few ideas he found, but they were all more complicated that I wanted to get into. At first I thought about appliqueing the six onto the fish's body like I did with my son's Lego shirt,  but when I was looking at the number six in different fonts, the idea of making the six into a worm jumped out at me. At first I was worried it wasn't "wormy" enough, but my daughter knew, she took one look at it and started giggling, "Mama you made my number a WORM!"

 Except for the T-shirt, I had all the fabric on hand. The fish's body even matches the napkins we used on the table for the party. (Translate that to: Liz bought too much fabric was was thrilled not to waste it!) The fish is so big that he wraps around to the back of the shirt. Too cute.

She loved the shirt so much she wore it when we went out to lunch the day of her party. Unfortunately she dumped an entire glass of Shirley Temple (A.K.A. a kiddie cocktail) down her front! Fortunately, my homemade laundry detergent worked beautifully and got all that grenadine out in the very first wash - but that is a post for another day...

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Mackinac in Paint

Did you know Mackinac had a paint color? It is the aqua color in the dresser.  I discovered it here, and now I'm having visions of Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue on the walls in my laundry room... 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Making Me Smile

We saw our first lady slipper while we were out for a bike ride the other day. Now that we've had a few good rains they are out in all their usual spots and even a few new ones. They're like little bursts of sunshine out in the woods  - just waiting to brighten someone's day...