Pure Michigan.

We drove up to Michigan to get together with my whole family for a long weekend…

We stayed in the same lake house in South Haven we stayed in two summers ago

We had a really good time. It was great to see everyone and celebrate birthdays. We learned all about My Little Ponies, dun-duns and the little song to tune a ukulele. After the best way to use Google translate, we learned about happy Japanese field mice and beers from Japan.

And we got some awesome new artwork for our refrigerator…

Like I said, it was a very fun trip. Thanks, mom & dad for making this terrific trip possible and getting everyone together. 😀❤️🏖️

Click here to see all the photos we took during our family trip to South Haven

I also was tinkering with some timelapse videos that I posted to my Instagram.

Happy Easter!

HAPPY EASTER! We had a very nice Easter Sunday. Genifer made me this really sweet little Easter basket…

We got a wonderful Easter card from JJVE with some terrific artwork from Violette…

Here’s a photo Jeannette sent of Violette with her artwork and the bunny she drew us…

And here’s a photo Josh sent of Violette with her bunny. It was the bunny we sent her from Happy Groundhog Studio

Later, Genifer’s mom came over and my parents came down from Michigan for the night on their way out east to do some antiquing and they brought some delicious Pizza King pizzas down with them…

YUM! Pizza King pizza is sooo good. My mom also brought down a very delicious cherry cobbler. It was a very nice surprise to get to spend Easter evening with my parents and Genifer’s mom. It turned out to be a really nice Easter. 😀🐰🐣❤️

On a personal note, I need to take more photos when people come over or when we do things with other people. I need to make more of a conscious effort to make sure I take at least one photo of everyone together. I really need to do a better job of that. I just 😀📷❤️

My two very best friends. 😀❤️

Seen and noted.

We got a very nice card in the mail with some new school pictures of my niece and nephew, Violette and Edgerton. Also included with the photos was this amazing little piece of art entitled, “Octopod for Shellington & Captain Barnacles”…

Awe. Some. Our refrigerator has a new piece of art. Taken with Instagram. 😀📝🐙❤️

Meanwhile in Michigan…

Tonight, my parents went to see #11 Western Michigan take on Colorado College at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo. We tuned in to watch the game on CBS Sports. While we were watching, we kept an eye out for my parents. I thought I recognized the white stripes on my dad’s jacket in the crowd…

And then coming back from a commercial, there were my parents…

It was pretty neat to see my mom & dad on TV. And it was a really good hockey game too. Western defeated Colorado College 3-2 in overtime! 😀📺🏒❤️

It was a really great weekend.

THis morning JJVE headed out on the next leg of their epic road trip…

And Greg and Shannon flew back home to Oakland this evening.

It was really wonderful to spend the weekend with the whole family, to get to see everyone and catch-up but it went by way too fast. We’ll have to do it again very soon. 😀❤️

 

Sunday Funday.

This afternoon my whole family visited the Cincinnati Zoo…

We were all pretty excited…

We got to see Kendi, the zoo’s baby rhino…

And we got to see Fiona, the zoo’s baby hippo….

It was a great day at the zoo. It’s such an incredible place to spend an afternoon. When we got home from the zoo, we had some beers…

And we celebrated some birthdays. V was turning 5 years old…

Edge got to blow out the candles too…

CUPCAKES!

Shannon got day some beer schnapps and the beer that accompanies it…

We all got to try it…

It was pretty good stuff. And it was another really great day hanging out with everybody! 😀🐯🎂🍻❤️

Northside Saturday.

This morning we had a little bit of living room soccer action…

Before we visited the playgrounds up the hill at Parker Woods Montessori…

We walked down Hamilton Avenue to have a delicious lunch at Melt…

From there we headed across the street to Hoffner Park…

To play on another cool playground…

With swings!

These two like playgrounds, swings and apparently, giant pine cones…

And then we headed over to check out Urban Artifact…

They were right in the middle of their Bewilderfest…

They weren’t doing flights during Bewilderfest so we just got one of each beer…

And we continued our tour of Northside by stopping into Second Place…

We made our way home for some cornhole in the backyard…

And fired up the grill…

We made a bunch of burgers and hotdogs…

We had so much fun wandering around Northside that it wore us out…

What a fun day with the whole family! Tomorrow, we’re going to the zoo! 😀❤️

Friday Funday.

My family all came to Cincinnati to visit for the weekend. Shannon and Greg arrived from Oakland after a whirlwind tour of Canadia. JJVE flew in to Cincy to begin an epic week long road trip. And my parents brought down a bunch of delicious Pizza King pizzas from Michigan for us to all enjoy tonight…

It sure was good to see everyone and catch up as they arrived and then stuff our faces full of delicious Pizza King pizzas. 😀🍕🍺❤️