Monday, September 13, 2010

Michigan Visit

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We arrived in Michigan on Sept. 2nd, which was my Dad’s 90th birthday. We waited in Grand Rapids until my eldest son Brandon arrived from Kwajalein with his family, then met Dad for dinner.

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We had a nice dinner with Brandon & Laura & Carys.

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The next day we visited my brother & his family, walked out by the Lake (Michigan), & the waves were pretty big.

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This is the lighthouse near my brother’s place.

mi&qshow2010 049  This was our accommodations at my sister Em’s house. We loved sleeping out on her porch. The first night there was thunder & lightning, then when the storm passed the frogs & crickets sang a great lullaby.  I could see the stars, it was perfect! I loved this bed.

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on Saturday we had a family reunion & big birthday party for Dad.

I’m not sure how many we had that showed up, but I would guess around 150.

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My niece Leilani made the cake. BTW, I only gained 1 pound on this trip. Not bad for  10 days with my family!

mi&qshow2010 115 Two of my girlfriends showed up, left to right is me, Kathy P. & Kathy F. It was so good to see them.

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Later in Em’s kitchen I got out the Stackabubbles, & had some fun with the kids.

mi&qshow2010 124mi&qshow2010 122Jenny played make-up on Carys, & Kadee, then she gave Carys a bath & turned her into a Kewpie doll.

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Kamie & Carys played well together.

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We had dinner with sister Vickie, & Al one evening.

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Laura was excited the day we went to our favorite Muskegon pizza joint, “Someplace Else”, because they serve Gluten –free pizza, & she said it was the best she had ever tasted.

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After pizza we drove around town & went out to Pere Marquette to play on the beach.

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We met the next day at niece Kim’s house to catch up with Katie who flew in that day from Texas.

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On our last day we drove by the lone tree that I took a picture of back in February 4 years ago, so I could catch it in it’s leaves. I already did one small quilt with this tree, & I want to do more.

If you click on it, you’ll see a dragon fly just above the tree.

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This was the sunrise on our last morning, looking out over White Lake, from my brother’s front yard.

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Next post will be about yesterday’s quilt show.


Delighted Hands said...

So much love expressed in these photos! Glad you had a great time-what a celebration!

Steph said...

Wow looks like you had a blast! Congrats on only gaining a pound while on vacation, I wasn't so lucky when I went to CA back in December I think I gained like 10 because of homemade marshmallows

The Calico Cat said...

Are you serious about that dragon fly? HUGE!

Do I know your friend Kathy F.? She looks so familiar...

Elaine Adair said...

Yes, a lovely post, just full of loving family/friend members and photos. Best of all, your Dad got to enjoy them all!

Melodie said...

I gained 5!! Got an injection in my knee today. Feels pretty good right now. I'll let you know.