Saturday, July 31, 2010
After work the boys and I ran a few errands where I completely and totally forgot to pick up a birthday card for Marc. He requested only money this year to purchase a “New to Us” fish-finder, so the man already has no gifts waiting for him. Then I go forget to even get him a card. He didn’t think it was a big deal, but I felt awful. NOTHING to open on his birthday.
But… the boys made him a cake. They each got to decorate their halves. Get this... Andrew lobbed his whole half with Red Hots before actually tasting one and realizing that he hated them. However, that evening we were able to get a sitter and go out on the lake with some friends. After tubing long enough to make us feel every bit of our 30+ years, we went out for a late dinner before packing up our sleeping children and heading home for the night.
Hope you had a great day, babe.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
It's what you would expect from preschoolers…. most of it funny. Some, not so much. One boy would try to, unsuccessfully, juggle the ball whenever he got it instead of throwing it back. Another boy would cry when he had to give his ball up.
AJ did just fine and seemed like he enjoyed it, although he got his own fair share of playing the gravel, too.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Last week, we found ourselves with a fairly free day. Since the boys have been asking at least weekly to go back to the AirZoo… we packed up a lunch and headed down there. I must say, I really like the AirZoo. Not like I love the Gardens… I don’t need to go every week. But I do like to go each summer.
And the past two summers, the admission has been FREE! However, if you are interested in riding rides, you can purchase a bracelet for unlimited riding during your visit. Last summer, they only had one bracelet option. It was about $15 and covered all rides. Since my boys were only big enough for a few rides, we opted out of that. We ended up buying a few individual tickets and making them “spend” them wisely.
This year, however, the AirZoo has been more accommodating toward us with younger (or more timid) children who don’t want or need to ride all the “big rides”. They have three bracelet levels (or colors). I was able to purchase a red bracelet for each boy for only $7. That got them unlimited riding on all the rides they would really care about or be tall enough for anyway.
Plus, just being so up close to the planes is fascinating. Many of you may not know this but throughout Jr. High and High School, my heart was set on becoming a pilot. I fully believe God planted that desire in me to bring me to Cornerstone. Without that I probably wouldn’t be in Grand Rapids and wouldn’t be Mrs. Dykstra.
Anyway, back to the AirZoo. If you get an opportunity, check it out. There are two part of the “zoo” to visit, so make sure you don’t miss the back building. It’s just as cool as the front building…. not really… it’s hotter... but you know what I mean. They also have a nice picnic pavilion between the buildings along a walking path. So, with us packing our lunch, the two bracelets, and a few individual tickets for Mom… we were able to have a great day trip for less than $20*.
*This doesn’t count gas money, but if you stop at the Plainwell Admiral you can fill up on the way home for cheaper than anywhere around here.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
We just wanted to express our appreciation for Middleton's Towing... especially Greg. My family was on vacation during the week of July 2nd. At 3pm, our Explorer died on us on the side of Highway 2, 6 miles east of Naubinway. We thought we would toast as is was late the Friday before a holiday weekend.There are so many mini-miracles throughout this story – that after we left we were all praising God rather than being upset that our alternator went out.
However, we were able to get a hold of Middleton's Towing. Greg, who was on his way to Sault Ste Marie with his family, turned around and came to our rescue. He was able to diagnose our car issue over the phone and even thought to buy the part before picking us up, since everything was closing down for the weekend.
Within an hour, he was installing a new alternator right there on the side of the road and we were on our way.
What could have been a complete disaster turned into a great show of customer service. We so appreciate Middleton's Towing, and especially Greg – who put his family's plan on hold for us – for what they did that Friday. We can't thank you enough.
- Of the four adults in the car, only Marc brought a phone or a wallet.
- We were in a place where cell coverage was spotty at best and our car died in a spot WITH coverage. Plus Marc had his iPhone and were able to look up service options. The first place we called was already closed for the weekend.
- The owner of the Middleton Towing was also on the road 50 miles away, but also happened to be in spot with coverage, along with his employee, Greg (who was also on the road with his family).
- Greg was willing to turn around and help us despite his own family’s plan. He then had the forethought to look for a part for our car, since everything was shutting down the long weekend, before coming to tow us. He was able to find the last alternator the only open supplier had left before they closed for the weekend.
- He was then able to change the alternator on the side of the road rather than tow us (and therefore not have to leave several of us still stranded on the side of the road until we could be picked up.)
- They did not charge us an arm and a leg considering our circumstance, but a very fair (if not better than fair) price.
- We were planning on leaving that night and driving while the kids slept. If this problem would have waited a few hours, we could have been stuck on the side of the road at 2 in the morning… over a holiday weekend.
We potentially could have easily been stuck in the UP over the long holiday weekend, which would have forced us to find additional lodging since we needed be out of our cabin the next day. Extra lodging, extra food, along with car repairs over a major holiday = major $$. But it didn’t happen that way, thank you Lord and Middleton’s Towing!
Anyway, before, our alternator died, we had a beautiful day at Lake Michigan.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
It was yet another windy, cool day. So we headed to Sault Ste Marie and watched the ships go through the Soo Locks. And, boy, it was chilly. Even through we did this last year (except for Marc), it was still fun to watch again. It’s hard to believe how they fit the huge ships into the those locks so tightly... clearing the sides by seemingly inches. Big boats… excited boys.
Then, as is becoming tradition, we stop at Goetz Lockview Restaurant for amazing whitefish.