Sunday, May 18, 2014

Traverse City Trip

Two weekends ago, Charlotte and I drove to Traverse City to visit the Taylors.

We left Rochester after Charlotte's school got out, we jumped in the Mustang and shot up I-75.  First stop was Spike's Keg o' Nails in Grayling.

Yes.  We sat at the bar.

After dinner, we drove west from Grayling to the Taylor's house in Traverse City.  

The next day, the Taylors took us hiking in a lakebed.  This was formerly a lake, but Traverse City recently removed the dam.  The Boardman River settled back into its old riverbed.  Neat place to hike.

Aunt Lisa pointing something out.  I'm not sure what she's pointing at . . .  because I was busy taking a picture of her while she pointed.  

Charlotte heads down to the riverbed.

Mishi (did I spell that right?) had a blast.

We found a cool birch tree with massive mushrooms growing off it.

Charlotte on an observation deck.

The lakebed.

Charlotte and Aunt Lisa exploring.

Afterwards, we shopped Front Street a little bit.

Like these glasses?

Aunt Lisa, Charlie, and Ellie.

We found some cool food trucks and watched the Kentucky Derby together, which is a Taylor family tradition.

What is this pose, Charlie?  After dinner, we headed over to West Bay and the new breakwater.

Me and Charlie.

Ellie and Charlie.  Ellie was so good to Charlie on this trip!

The next morning we woke up to snow.  Because . . .  Traverse City.

On Sunday morning, we ate at a pancake breakfast at the East Bay Firehouse.

And then we got back on the road . . . we cranked tunes on the iPod (Charlotte developed a taste for Beastie Boys), and we stopped for pizza in Midland - Pizza Sam's.  (It was great!)

It was great to spend time with Uncle Dave, Aunt Lisa, and Ellie, and tremendous fun to take a trip with my little Charlotte.  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Random Winter Stuff

It has been a long, cold, snowy winter.  This is what we've been up to . . .

Sledding on Cobb Creek . . .

Playing inside (why are they standing on the kitchen table?)

Going to school.

Celebrating a birthday with Quinn.

Cuddling with Grandma Jo.

Reading, reading, reading!

Cudding with Granny-Great.

Dancing to music on Charlotte's Sweet-Pea radio.

Turning 6 and getting ready for spring.

Celebrating birthdays with Great-Uncle Dave.

Introducing NanaB the Librarian to class.

And playing Transformers with Dad.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The mini Richard Simmons

Peter only goes to preschool from 9-11:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but Charlotte is gone every weekday from 7:45 to 3:25.  That has been a huge shock to Peter, because now his bestest "fwend" is not always around.  He has been playing a bunch with his beloved buddy, Ben, but today was a rare day that we had nothing to do and no playdates planned.  What to do?  Well, Peter decided he needed to exercise.

When we decided he needs to get fit, he raids Charlotte's headband collection and picks out what he considers to be workout clothes.  His favorite workout is scaling his version of a climbing wall -- the outside of the staircase.

"Mom, dis is how you do EXERCISE."

It's like watching a mini Sir Edmund Hillary at work.

"Wook, Mom!  I'm up so HIGH!"

I tried taking pictures of his aerobics routine in the entryway, but I didn't use a flash and everything turned out a little too fuzzy.  Here he is, taking a break.

Oops, he's begging for another TV show again.  It's a constant battle we fight with him, and I'm just about ready to throw the darn TV out the window at this point.  We had some fun with sorting buttons and then stuffing them into superhero vehicles a little earlier, but now I'm going to have to do something drastic to keep him from incessantly whining for TV.  Ack.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Playing catch up

We have done so much in the past few months, but I have been doing way too much sewing and not nearly enough blogging on our family blog.  Here is some photographic evidence that we have not disappeared off the face of the earth, along with a quick rundown of some of our adventures.

We went camping over Labor Day weekend with a bunch of our friends who also have kids.  The kids ran around in one big dirty pack and had a blast.

Charlotte started riding the bus to school and she loves it -- especially because she gets to ride with her buddy, Mia (a second grader).

She just looks so teeny getting on that bus every morning, but she acts like she has been doing it for years.

At first, Peter insisted on wearing his backpack to the bus stop each day when we walked Charlotte there or dropped her off.  Now, he's totally uninterested in even walking with me to the bus stop and I usually leave him behind (it's only three houses away).

I sewed Charlotte a cute little nightie out of her daddy's favorite 20-year-old t-shirt.

We went to Michigan State for a September Birthdays tailgate party.  Charlotte helped NanaB open her gifts.

Corey helped Granny open hers.

Peter made strange faces with his beloved Ellie.

Both kids got to meet Sparty, but we only got a good shot (well, a cell phone shot, at least) of Charlotte with him.

Charlotte ran in the school's fun run fundraiser and actually ran for 15 minutes straight!  She was a little dynamo.

I volunteered at Petey's school and loved watching him in Charlotte's old stomping grounds,

The cats slept a lot.  Sparty did not approve.

I made friends with a stinky llama at a farm we visited with the Davies.

More catching up to come!!