Saturday, August 11, 2018

BuNana Camp 2018

 (WARNING--Picture heavy AND I haven't blogged for a while and Blogger did not work the way it used to.  Or at least that's my excuse!  They layout is funky, I know.)

                                              BuNana Camp 2018 is in the books! 

 We enjoyed a great time camping once again.  We started off on Friday morning with some play time on the play equipment which was just behind our camper.  Maybe just a little of that sand made it's way into the camper! :)
After lunch we had rest time...
 Thank goodness for rest time!  I"m not sure how I will make it through once no one needs a rest!  Grandpa took the opportunity to get some alone
time by fishing.

Then it was time to hit the beach!

Evalie enjoyed the "pool" Aela built for her!
Maddux enjoyed playing on the alligator.

The kids had fun getting dumped out of their inflatables!
Grayson goofing around!
Grandpa even ventured into the water...just a little!

Grayson and Clara having fun on top of the ropes.


The sand is always a good time too!
Payton brought Nate out in the evening.  Payton sat around the campfire with us for a while. After supper Friday night we tried a new kind of S'Mores.  We put our ingredients into a waffle cone,
Nana giving directions for S'Mores.
wrapped it in foil and put it over the fire.  Everyone enjoyed them, but would rather do the traditional S'Mores.

                                                               SATURDAY FUN!!

Saturday started off with a TV time so that Nana and Grandpa could have their coffee!! This was at 6:30 a.m.! It was followed by breakfast and then a 2 mile hike which took us to Fossil Gorge, and then on a trail that runs along the river.

Maddux and Clara standing on an outcropping. 

Evalie was trying to teach Grandpa how to jump!

Heading down the trail.
Evalie teaches Nana to jump over the cracks!

Stopping for a snack and a drink.  

Taking a break!

And then we ate......and ate.....and ate..........

We toured the Visitor's Center where we saw more fossils, animal furs, and watched the movie that tells about the dam and the two big floods.
The animal furs were fun!

Clara and the coonskin.

Evalie examining the fossils.

Aela loved scaring Nate with the racoon.

Maddux scaring Nana.

A Talent Show!

Everyone was asked to prepare to share a talent.  
Aela is a good singer!

Clara's talent is magic!  She cut
her fingers off and they reappeared.

Grayson showed us how good
he is at paper folding.

Nate shared some magic by making
a truck disappear.

Nana's talent was teaching Aela
to read, so Aela read a book to
Evalie showed us a trick...
over and over and over.....:)

Maddux showed us how good he
is at bike tricks.

And then there was fishing!

Clara's Fish!

Evalie caught a fish by herself!

A Movie and Popcorn!

After showers we always watch a movie outside on the big screen.  Everyone looks forward to the movie AND Grandpa's popcorn!!

Payton and Cael joined us for the movie!

Sunday Big Foots

Sunday Morning after breakfast our first snack was Big Foots.  This is a family favorite, so the big kids joined us as they came to pick their children up.  Big Foots are basically Fry Bread with frosting.  They got their name as our local restaurant made similar ones shaped like feet when our kids were young.  Everyone got to roll theirs out.  

And once again BuNana Camp is over for the year.  We REALLY missed Chance and Colby!  More than once the kids mentioned missing them.  Each year as I think about changing things up some the kids ask about things they are used to doing, and that they enjoy doing.  We were so happy that Payton, about to be a senior, still joined us for some of the time.  And that Cael, about to be a freshman and who just started a new job, got to join us for some of the time too!  

We are blessed!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017

The Christmas festivities have commenced.  The gifts are unwrapped and taken home.  The leftover food is waiting for me to distribute or use.The cards and games are put away. The house is a mess! The girls and families are back home. Travis, Kerry, and boys are headed back to Texas.  Great Christmas memories!
 Once I clean this place up I will enjoy the decorations for another week, then they will be put up for another year.  
I love decorating for Christmas.  I owe this to my grandmother and my mother.  Some of my things were made by my grandma.  And some by me.  I am always looking for  or making things for Christmas throughout the year. My goal is to have a decorated Christmas tree in every room in the house.  I failed some this year as I didn't do much in the basement.  Each room in the basement had a tree of some sort, just not necessarily decorated with anything but lights.  I left the basement out of the slideshow.   I hope you enjoy my decorations as much as I do!  

Saturday, November 25, 2017

And Just like that it's November 2017........

Life just gets so busy.  A good busy.  All this time I keep thinking about my blog.  What would I write.  Would anyone still read it?  So many bloggers have quit.  And that makes me sad.  I will be posting again.  But, I have some relearning to do!  It seems I have so many email addresses and things are under different ones.  Makes it hard to get photos for uploading.  Anyway, if you are interested, stay tuned.....

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

An Impromptu Vacation!

We had a great time on our impromptu trip to Michigan.  We left home Thursday late afternoon and headed for Michigan.
                                                                   Dean, Gay, Kathy, Bud, and me.
On Friday our first order of business was to look at and try out a pontoon.  We went for a ride on beautiful Torch Lake.  The water was a gorgeous color of blue, and the weather was perfect!  That evening we stayed in Pellston and ate at a wonderful restaurant on Douglas Lake.  It was perfectly calm and a beautiful blue.  It reminded us of Twin Lakes, the lake we grew up on.

Saturday morning we headed for Mackinac Island aboard a boat from Mackinaw City.  The Grand Hotel looked impressive even from the lake!
The shoreline was very pretty with the lovely buildings along the shore and the boats docked.
Since the mode of transportation on the island is bike or horse, we opted to take a tour via a horse drawn carriage.  Our driver filled us in on stories and facts about the island, although there were times we thought it was complete BS.  He had a background in acting so that is entirely possible!  The Grand Hotel looked even more grand up close and personal!

The homes next to the hotel along the bluff were breathtaking.  The landscaping was beyond perfect.  They are million dollar homes, so I'm going to go out on a limb and assume they have gardeners, but still they were fantastic!
St. Ann's Catholic Church has quite a history on the island, so we had to go see it.  There was a wedding taking place as it is a popular destination wedding spot, but we were welcomed in as they were taking pictures.  This church reminded me of St. Mary's, my home church.  The seats, the altars, and the balcony were very similar.  What set them apart was the beautiful painting above the altar and the ceiling.

We did some shopping and a little more touring of the island before we left.  The streets were full of people, bikes, and carriages!

And then it was time to go.  I can now check Mackinac Island off of my Bucket List!
Next we headed to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Paradise, MI.  It is where the Edmund Fitzgerald went down in 1975.  If that doesn't sound familiar, just click here for the song by Gordon Lightfoot.
 There have been MANY shipwrecks in this area of Lake Superior.  The museum does a great job telling about many of them, and sharing artifacts from them.
Next we headed to Sault Ste. Marie to the lock and dam.  Half of the town is in the US, and half is in Canada.  None of us were smart enough to bring our passports, so we were stuck looking at the bridge that would take us to Canada!
On Sunday morning we began our trek home, but this time we took the northern route.  We saw some beautiful scenery along the northern  side of Lake Michigan.  We stopped in Milwaukee for the evening.  Our motel was along the riverwalk downtown.
There wasn't much to the riverwalk really.  Just a few bars and restaurants.  It was nice being along the water though.
Monday morning we headed out once again.  We stopped at a few little shops along the road.  Menominee, WI was a quaint little town that caught our attention.  Well, the guys' attention because they were having a fishing competition.  We shopped in a few antique stores that were very nice.  And we checked out a lighthouse on the way out of town.
Our final stop was Galena, IL.  We visited several shops and did a little more shopping, and ate a great lunch.  All along the way we stopped at several quilt stores so Gay and I could shop.  Kathy even bought a little fabric.  Some antique items found their way into the car too.  We threatened to leave Kathy out so we had more room.  Especially when she found a man!
                                 But he didn't seem to be too ambitious, so that didn't work!

We dropped Kathy off at home then met Tasha in Williamsburg to take us home.  Then Dean and Gay continued on to Texas.  All in all, we had a fantastic time--saw many beautiful sights, had lots of laughs, some good food, and enjoyed the time together.