Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Polar Express

We visited Santa's Village in Chesaning over the weekend and the kids were able to see the actual Polar Express pull into the yard outside of the village. They were absolutely thrilled. The engine is pretty impressive. It's a huge machine. I regret to report that there were no dancing stewards singing 'Hot Chocolate' as they arrived. The photos show Declan and Reagan with our godson Brody, and Jenna holding my nephew Owen.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving II

There is a little bit of joy in me now that the kids can play outside alone without direct adult supervision.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a bit of snow fall overnight. The kids were thrilled when they woke this morning. After they had some pancakes they headed out to enjoy the fluffy stuff with Ollie. Jenna and I joined them and we made a Lions snowman.


Monday, November 19, 2007

Wagons West!

Well, horses. Reagan had a chance to ride her cousins' horse, Levi, the other day. Now she wants one of her own. Thanks Uncle Brian!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Halloween III

And my costume. I went out as a zombie...

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Halloween II

A quick video of our front yard from last night.

Halloween

Some shots of the kids from last night. The weather held off just long enough to get trick or treating in.




Monday, October 29, 2007

Hunter's Moon

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Camping and Halloween II

Part two: the Trick or Treat Parade and actual trick or treating! The kids were able to get a practice in for the real thing. Many of the campers hand out treats and decorate their sites for the weekend.




Camping and Halloween

The state parks around the state have Halloween weekends and provide all types of activities and some trick or treating for the kids. We headed over to Sleeper State Park and had a blast (in a tent)!




Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Zoo TV

Detroit Zoo

The whole crew headed out to the Detroit Zoo last Saturday. It was the longest time I've ever spent there and the fewest animals I've ever seen. It was unseasonably warm for Michigan, so we were able to see how most of the animals sleep. It was great to get together with everyone, and I won't complain about 80 degree weather the last weekend in September. The kids had a ball, and we also celebrated my youngest brother's birthday with some lunch and cake in the park.




Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Declan's Photos

Declan got hold of the camera the other day and showed off his photography skills. He got a shot of Ollie, me, and Dirk Dastardly and Muttley.

Renaissance Festival

We spent the day at the Renaissance Festival on Saturday. The kids always love seeing the people dressed up for the event. There is only one weekend left this year, the weather was beautiful, and the place was packed. It was the Irish theme, but we didn't really see anything more than the normals (anyone not dressed like a gypsy, knight, court lady, pirate, or pirate wench) wearing green and some pipers.



Reagan must be rubbing off on Declan. He seems to be losing some of his shyness. He was walking up to other kids and talking and playing. He met a boy from England (who's father thought it was quite funny to hear Americans shouting God save the Queen during the joust). He also sidled up to a little girl to show off his sword.


A Girl and Her Puppy

Friday, September 21, 2007

Field Trip to Past Tense





























Reagan and her class went to the cider mill up the road today. The kids had a fun time and Reagan was thrilled one of the kitties there let her hold it like a baby.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Metamora Camping





























We spent the weekend camping at the Metamora-Hadley recreation area. It was really quite nice, and only 15 minutes from home! Our site was situated perfectly in a cul-de-sac with a playground to one side and as the picture shows, the lake to the other. Declan and Reagan brought their bicycles and really loved biking around the campground. As you can see in the photo, we actually camped - in a tent. No cabins for us this time. It went very well and we've already made plans to camp during a harvest festival at Sleeper state park in October. The kids will be able to trick or treat and we'll all freeze our butts off at the same time.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Why Insurance Isn't As Boring As You Think, Reason #743


Just another day in the life. This was shot in a basement of a burned out house I looked at today.

Declan's 1st Day of 4yr Old Preschool





























Declan started school today. He and Reagan really enjoy it and have no problems being away from mommy and daddy. Declan is posing with his teacher and some classmates, and showing off his new backpack to his friend Austin.