Wednesday, August 24, 2016


We have some crazy mushrooms growing in the yard by our house. I have no idea what kind they are but they are big.

(Andrew's foot for scale.)

A few more pics...

Here are a few more random pictures.

The moon was so big and bright Wednesday night. I loved the look of it over the water.

Not only does this campground have sites to camp on, the also have cabins you can rent, and they have this. An icopod. It has 20 sides and each side is made of triangles. 

Oliver's new favorite spot

We have some cubbies that we got from Target. We use them for random storage. One of them has a bath towel in it that is a rag towel. Oliver has decided that it is his little cubby now.

He really has that innocent look down. It works too. He has me wrapped around that little paw.

To the Island!

Last week Wednesday we planned to leave our little home away from home and head to Mackinac Island. We had some drizzly rain in the morning, so we decided to wait until after lunch. 

This is the...what do you call this...the wheel house, the pilots room, the cockpit? Well, whatever you call it, we sat right next to it on our ferry ride to the island.

Of course, it isn't a ride to the island without a picture of the majestic bridge.

We headed up to the top of the island to visit the fort. 

They have people in costume giving tours. We found out later that not only do these guys have to wear wool, but the soldiers that were at this fort back in the day were only issued winter uniforms. So, these poor guys are out in the summer heat in wool, winter uniforms. 

This was the pit. If you did something really bad, this is where they would throw you.

Andrew only got into a little trouble, so he got to be in the jail cell, not the pit.

I love fireplaces and found the old, historical-ness of this one appealing.

I also liked this desk in the quartermasters office.

We found this fantastic hat in the gift shop. I'm not sure I have it on right, though. It looks kinda odd.

This is his innocent face. I'm not buying it. 

We spent a few hours wandering around the island. It is always a great place to visit.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mackinac Island, here we come!

So, last week Tuesday Andrew and I headed off on another little adventure. We went up north and camped in Mackinaw City. It was a great campground that we will definitely be going back to next year. We loved it.

This is the entrance to Mill Creek Campground.

And our little home away from home.

Our spot was right close to the water. 

We could even see the Island from the dock!

Tomorrow, we visit the island!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Exciting News!

I got a new job! I will now be working at Michaels, a craft store that I visit often! I am sad to be leaving all my friends and co-workers at the nursing home (and not to be able to see my mom as often!), but I am so excited for this new adventure. I think it will be a great fit for me!

Monday, August 15, 2016


Last Saturday we had my niece Alaina stay the night with us. She had said that she wanted to come and play on the playground (we live a block away from an elementary school). So, after Andrew finished his color run and had a little break, we went and picked her up.

What was her first stop when we got back home?

She had to see Oliver, of course!

After a quick visit, it was off to the playground.

She climbed to the top of this slide multiple times, but never went down.

She was very happy that she beat Uncle Andrew in tic-tac-toe.

After dinner she helped Uncle Andrew make some peanut butter cookies. 

It took her a few tries, but she finally got the hang of it!

She found a bag of some of Andrew's toys that he held onto. She thought these animal noses were funny.

We had so much fun with her. She thought that next time we should have both her and her sister Ruby overnight. Are we feeling that adventurous?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Color Run 2016!

Andrew, being braver than me, decided to run the 5k Color Run this past Saturday morning. There was a group from our church going as well. 

There was a lot of people, so they had to let them start in waves, so that they didn't overwhelm the course. They had to wait about 15 minutes before they could start.

As they came to the finish line, they would throw one last blast of color at you, although it is hard to see in this picture.

He finished!

These pictures don't do the color justice. He had color all over. It even made it through his 2 shirts, one of them being a tight compression shirt, to his skin!

He had to go downtown Friday afternoon to get checked in. They give you a bunch of goodies: a t-shirt, headband, some other weird yellow head scarf thing, greek yogurt dressing??, fake tattoos, and a bunch of water balloons. Naturally, he had to try some of it out.

After the race, as we walked back home, we passed part of the course. Look at all that purple!