Big Update!

On February 14, 2009, Chris proposed and I said yes. We will be getting married on September 12, 2009.


Random Scenes

Other than what I've already written about, this is a recap of the last 30ish days.

Melissa's baby shower was at the end of June, at the Flint Childrens Museum:

We moved! June 30, left for Minnesota vacay the next day.

Two bedroom, two baths- yippee!

We went camping in Newaygo, on the Muskegon River for a weekend.

Practicing our safety drill, if the dam breaks.

Tomatoes started ripening on our porch plants. We ated them all up.

Went to a Christmas in July party at my big sister's house.

Visited the Lansing version of a children's museum, Impression 5 with Artie.

No pictures of those last two because the photographers in question have not sent me any. A-hem!

And we ended July enjoying our new place, the wonderful weather and our clean, organized (mostly) bedroom.


North Woods Vacay

Part two of our Fourth of July vacation was spent at the family place in Wisconsin. Chris's family owns a number of acres on a small private lake about 2 hours from Minneapolis. There are only 4 other homes on the lake. Its very deep- over a 100 feet in someplace, is a loon hang-out and has some pretty nice size bass swimming around in it.

The week was filled with family including Chris's brother James, his fiance Jamie and her 2 daughters, Amber and Aleah (not sure I'm spelling that right) who are 4 and 3.

Upon arriving at the cabin, I took a nap. Shortly after I got up, the girls also got up from their nap. We all sat outside and the girls were kind enough to let me take their photo:

That's Aleah on the left.

Our weekend plans included fireworks both on the ground:

and in the sky

Seems in the sky were more interesting to both Amber and Aleah.

On Friday, Chris and I went for a drive (in search of vodka, as it happens) and visited Crex Meadows where wild rice grows, well wild!

This is also a good place to bird watch and we did seem some geese and small birds but no swans or loons. We also came upon some deer. Deer that did not care how close we were. This photo was from about 10 feet away.

And this one, about 5 feet away (different deer):

On Saturday, we kayaked the St. Croix river. No pictures though- the waterproof case for my camera costs more than all my existing equipment.

After kayaking, we did some sailing:

In case you are wondering, its a model. Chris's dad built this over 20 years ago. It hadn't been sailed in at least 10 years. James took out the old servos and replaced them.



Chris and I are on vacation in Minnesota/Wisconsin this week. Today, we tooled around Minneapolis with Adam. Essentially this trip is a sale pitch from Chris- trying to convince me that we should move to Minneapolis after he finished law school.

We ate lunch at a little seafood place then checked out the waterfall:

Adam took a very nice picture of Chris & I:

Then he borrowed this bike from an oblivious kid renting them out:

Tomorrow is ?? eventually followed by the drive up to Wisconsin.


Traverse City Wedding

Up in Traverse for the weekend wedding of Tim and Alice Retzinger.

The wedding was Sunday afternoon at Ah-ga-ming golf course, just north of Elk Rapids.

The view during the ceremony:

James and mom:

The Schrader Boys, Chris, James and Jon:

Jon & Windy break it down:

James misses Jamie:


Weekend Warriors

This weekend, Chris went sailing...

This was his ship. He hoped to fly 300 kilometers but the weather did not hold up in the afternoon.

While he was flying, I was looking at

at Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, MI.

Afterwards, we drove in to Ann Arbor and had dinner, explored, ate some ice cream, etc.



Chris and I went for a walk on the Lansing Rivertrail today. It was in the mid-60s and sunny. We saw a robin. All signs of spring but none so pretty as this: