Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mackinac Island/Great Turtle Race 2017

The Great Turtle Race, the hubby has been running this race for years it has become one of our traditions during this time of year.  This year is also the 50th birthday of the hubby so instead of staying at our usual stay at Cabins of Mackinaw, we decided to splurge a little and stayed at The Grand Hotel.

Our view from Shepler's Ferry Miss Margy.

Sooooo excited!  Can't wait to see the inside.

View from our balcony.  The hotel was grand inside and out.  It was elegant, charming, very cozy and with most hospitality employees and interns being Filipinos, it is very comfortable as well.

Saturday on the day of the Turtle Run,  we expected a very windy cold and rainy day.  But fortunately, it turned out dry in the beginning and become cold and rainy when the hubby was in about 8 mile into the half marathon (13.1 Mile).

The kids and I walked  to the arch rock a few minutes ahead of the start time and waited for the runners there.

The hubby said that since the run started with the weather being so good, some of the runners started peeling off their sweaters and gloves as they run.

We climbed up the steps to the Arch.

This is our view from the top on the right.

View on the left.

The top of the steps was also the marker and water station for the last 5.2 mile of the race.

The medal for this year's race.  The hubby as usual was faster than the last turtle race and we missed seeing him finish this year.  He finished top 10 in his age group.  Congratulations to the hubby!!!  

Sunday, we decided to roam some more of the hotel inside and out.

Lyn wanted so much to ride this carriage since we got to the island on Friday but we decided to ride one on the last day.  She got her wish and more when she was allowed to ride right beside the carriage driver.  

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

 Thank you to my hubby's aunt Sally for sending us these solar eclipse kit.  We were able to watch the  eclipse and observe the sun, the moon and the sounds around before, during and after the eclipse 2017

When the hubby was a child, they used a home made sun viewing device using the cereal box.  The right side is cut out and replaced with an aluminum foil with a pin whole.  The middle cut out is the viewing area.  Definitely a cool way to watch the phenomenon in different perspective.

Here's a link of the solar eclipse from NASA

 We did not get the complete totality.  I saw a complete total eclipse in the Philippines in March of 1988.  We watched the eclipse using negatives.  Being in the photography business, we had a lot of negatives to pass around those who happened to walk through our store that afternoon.

Mackinaw City/Cheboygan 2017

Cheboygan State Park -  We decided to camp here because this was the closest to Mackinaw City that still have opening when we were looking to a site.

We were here in Mackinaw City for the Rendevouz in Mackinaw City.

Vyn decided to join the Tittabawassee Fife and Drum Corp the school year 2016 to 2017.  He was in 7th grade then.  He was surprised to learn at the very first meeting that there were not very many kids who joined in the corp.  My thought is that kids these days have so many other commitments.

Aside from learning about the 18th century Marine Corp.  They also learned a lot about our different flags and its evolution to the current flag.

Draw bridge in Cheboygan.

We hiked along the beach.

The weekend was just gorgeous weather wise.

We visited Cheboygan Lighthouse.  We also visited the ruins of an old lighthouse.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Kids 2017

This post is about the posting in Facebook and other social media about kids spirit and how as parents we should try not to tame their spirits.  That the most difficult kid can still sometimes end up being the world changer.

Channel that energy, not damping the spirit.

Then I hear a neighbor kid.  We would know when he is awake or when they are eating because all of the sudden there will be peace in the neighborhood.  Otherwise, it was just shouting of LOOK AT ME,  DO THIS,  DO THAT all day long until he have to eat or sleep.

We would hear the parents shushing the dogs, but not the kid.  The kid happened to be louder and more non-stop than the dog.  Why shush the dog but not the kid?  Then it reminds me of this post.

Not taming the spirit out of them may be a way of raising presidents or leaders or CEOs.  So if this is how we should raise them, when should we discipline them.  When do we tell them to keep quite there are neighbors who can hear them, when do we tell them to stop demanding or whining?

I wonder where the line draws on having the kid screaming the whole day and when to tell him to keep it quite.  If you want to keep him presidential do you have to listen to all the whining and demands all day long?

Lake 4th of July 2017

The lake is a beautiful, peaceful place we go whenever we can.  On this 4th of July weekend.  It was serene.  Until the darkness comes and most of the neighbors started with their fireworks.  We love watching the show having fun watching it from around the lake and across the cross.  The show started from Thursday until the Tuesday night which was the 4th.  It was spectacular , we enjoyed watching it.  Except for Bandit.  The poor dog don't like it at all, he would pant and try to hide himself in any small room/area he could find.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

The OutLaw Music Festival 2017

The Joe Louis Arena is scheduled to be demolished, this would most likely be our last visit to the arena.

July 8 2017, The Outlaw Music Festival Tour 2017 in Michigan. We were early, were there at 0300 in the afternoon.

Micah Nelson

Lukas Nelson

Sheryl Crow

Bob Dylan

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

Willie Nelson and the whole crew at the finale.

The concert finished at about 1030 and we left just a little after that.  With road constructions, we were home at about 1:00 that night.  Vyn said:  That concert lasted two days...

Glad that Bandit was able to control himself and not made a mess in the house.   It was the longest we left him alone in the house, missing his usual daily routine.

More pictures of Joe Louis Arena and the concert below: