Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Here are some pictures I took.
Here's the Sear's Tower--the tallest building in Chicago.
Okay, I went to the American Girl store without my kids. (We have a family trip planned for this weekend.) I wanted to get Macy something, but I was presented with the problem of how to carry it around all day. The solution was this fancy little backpack. Yeah, I had to wear this pink backpack all around Chicago, but I promise you that I was not the silliest looking person in town.
Of course, for me the trip was all about the watches (and internet friends).
Friday, July 25, 2008
Macy and her friends from church attended the Vacation Bible School held by the Church of Christ West in Plymouth. They went all four nights and loved it. Macy's favorite part was getting prizes on the last night--oh, and learning about the Bible she said. ;) I'm glad they enjoyed it as much as they did.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Macy was able to make a couple of crafts throughout the day. She had a great time.
Everyone got happier when we ducked into a neat candy shop.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
It was a nice little slice of West Tennessee. When Julie told Bailey that Mr. Bobby called, she was so very happy and talked about him the whole rest of the afternoon.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Julie was very happy that Bailey got a golf ball that matched her dress. Go figure! :)
Macy still has a little bit of hockey in her golf swing. She claims to have gotten a hole in one. Here's what she said--"the ball was rolling right for the hole, and I knew it was going to go in, but I tapped it one more little time to make sure." It sounds fishy to me, but she's sure it counts as a hole in one.
We have a very impressive group of teenagers at Garden City. We are enjoying getting to know them. Macy thought she was so cool being with the teenagers tonight. Here she is with one of the girls that she really likes--Kristy.
Of course, dad won. I didn't just beat my family; I beat the whole group. I shot a 44. But for a couple of holes, it could have been lots less. I scored two hole in ones. I'm the man.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
When she gets enough stickers (awarded once per attendance), she can receive a patch for her belt or uniform.
Macy has loved this activity. The other day she was acting a bit cantankerous (yes, it happens every once in a while), and Julie threatened to not let her go to Tae Kwon Do, and Macy improved her behavior. :)
I'm also enjoying the work out, too.
Bailey is eager to get in on the action as well. She saw Macy's white belt and starting yelling, "white." We put it on her.
I'm not exactly sure what this is, but it's Macy's favorite move. :)
Here's some recent video I shot showing off some more of Macy's moves.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Here are the girls modeling their new gowns. Bailey is also wearing some of her new too-big-right-now flip flops!
My other bargains of late are fruits and veggies! Garden City has a new farmer's market. This is the first summer they've had one here, although several surrounding towns have had them for a while. The Garden City one is pretty small, but I'm hoping it will grow if the residents here support it. The nice thing about it is everything is locally grown here in Michigan, and some of it is even organic! One of the ladies from church called me Wednesday morning and invited me to go with her. I didn't get much there (just some cucumbers, blueberries, and homemade bread), but it was still fun and the prices were good. Many of the vendors were selling beautiful plants and flowers, but we all know how well I do with those ;) so I passed on them. After we left the farmer's market, though, she took me to an awesome fruit and vegetable market in the next town over. I was totally amazed at the selection and the prices. Everything was so fresh and beautiful. Of course, not everything they sell is locally grown, but still...it was unbelievable to me. We've never lived anywhere (except maybe Memphis) that had such an awesome fruit and vegetable store. The prices were definitely cheaper than the Kroger stores here and the produce was much fresher than what Wal-Mart and Meijer (a Wal-Mart type store) seem to have.
Anyway, here is some of what I got:
- 16 oz bag baby carrots (washed & ready to eat) for $0.99
- green bell peppers for $0.50 each
- yellow onions for $0.33/lb.
- whole ears of corn were 4/$0.99 (And we even shucked them there in the store so they could deal with all the mess!)
- seedless grapes for $0.99/lb.
- plums for $0.69/lb.
- peaches for $0.79/lb.
- bartlett pears for $0.79/lb.
- large pineapple for $2.39
They had lots of vegetables and fruits that I had either never heard of or never bought (stuff used in Asian cooking). It was a really fun experience. They even sell fresh cut flowers (spring mix) for $2.99 a bunch. Now Dustin has no excuse!
Anyway, that's all for now about my bargains. Happy shopping everyone!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Of course, it's the preaching of the Gospel (regardless of results--think about Noah) that equals success. Still, it's very encouraging to see fruit from hard work.
God bless us all.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
We had a great time today. We spent this holiday with the Grant family. They are some of our new friends from church. The kids swam.
They also had a great time playing.
And, of course, the food was great. We had Mexican (with the promise that we'd have burgers and hot dogs on Cinco de Mayo). :)
In the absence of fans and grapes, these goddesses had to make do with the food us commoners ate.
This Michigan Summer has been great. The weather was perfect. It was about 80 degrees with about 35% humidity.
After lunch, us dads took the kids to a nearby park.
Bailey discovered this rock wall.