Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dress Up with Laurel and Ella




We went over to Ryan and Brittney Book's house for my birthday dinner this week and Ella and Laurel turned Pieter into a sensation! I couldn't believe he not only let them do it, but really loved it! I could hardly recognize him. Those girls sure are fun!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pure Michigan






Pure Michigan... the advertising for Michigan tourism can get a little old, but on a morning like this, truly it is Pure Michigan. What a gorgeous time on the lake. Glassy water, bright sun, quiet shores. We are so happy to be at Au Sable a little bit early this year - bike rides and rowboat rides in the morning with Papa sure are nice. No rushing off to class. Good times. The perfect start to my birthday!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Beautiful Eggs

I love my free-range eggs in Michigan!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Old Mission Peninsula in Bloom










We arrived in Michigan two weeks earlier than normal this summer and with the late spring, we were just in time to see the cherry trees bloom. When we drove out to Old Mission Lighthouse on Sunday, we really enjoyed seeing all the orchards in their spring beauty. With all the leaves just opening, the forest was beautiful, too. We stopped at the base of the peninsula for some play in Traverse Bay before heading home.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mission Point Lighthouse











On Sunday we took a drive to Old Mission Peninsula and explored the lighthouse for the morning. It was pretty buggy with a recent hatch and there were some amazingly big fish that must have been mating because they were making a lot of noise in the shallow water. It was pretty amazing. The sand was hot, the air cool. A true northern Michigan spring day. The kids waded a bit and I did some knitting.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day


Somebody's Darling

Into a ward of the white washed walls,
Where the dead and dying lay,
Wounded by bayonets, shells and balls,
Somebody’s darling was borne one day.

Somebody’s darling so young and brave
Wearing yet on his pale sweet face,
Soon to be hid by the dust of the grave,
The lingering light of his boyhood’s grace.

Matted and damp are the curls of gold
Kissing the snow of that fair young brow;
Pale are the lips of delicate mold –
Somebody’s darling is dying now.

Back from the beautiful blue-veined brow
Brushed all the wandering waves of gold;
Cross his hands on his bosom now;
Somebody’s darling is still and cold.

Kiss him once for somebody’s sake,
Murmur a prayer soft and low;
One bright curl from it’s fair mates take;
They were somebody’s pride you know.

Somebody’s hand has rested there;
Was it a mother’s soft and white?
And have the lips of a sister fair
Been baptized in the waves of light?

God knows best! He was somebody’s love,
Somebody’s heart enshrined him there.
Somebody wafted his name above,
Night and morn on the wings of prayer.

Somebody wept when he marched away,
Looking so handsome brave and grand;
Somebody’s kiss on his forehead lay;
Somebody clung to his parting hand.

Somebody’s watching and waiting for him,
Yearning to hold him again to her heart;
And there he lies with his blue eyes dim,
And the smiling child-like lips apart.

Tenderly bury the fair young dead,
Pausing to drop on his grave a tear;
Carve on the wooden slab at his head,
“Somebody’s darling slumbers here.”

~Marie de la Coste

Friday, May 16, 2014

Visiting the Zoo

If we make it to Madison, we always make sure to visit Henry Vilas Zoo. Here we are in 2012 - I can't believe how much the kids have grown! I absolutely love the carousel and this year we also took a ride on the train. The kids loved it!





Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spring Babies

Baby robins just outside our home for the week. We are really enjoying watching them!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sassy Cow Creamery






We are spending this week visiting longtime friends, Jean and Jason, outside of Madison, Wisconsin. After we moved away from Madison in 2006 they turned their home into a bed and breakfast, called Token Creek Eco-Inn. Visiting Sassy Cow Creamery just down the road from them is definitely a yummy event! Locally made ice cream at it's best!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Pepin, WI





We drove to Wisconsin yesterday after visiting family in Sanborn, IA. Pieter was thrilled to see Laura's first home! This log cabin is a recreation of what Laura's cabin would have looked liked based on her descriptions in the Little House in the Big Woods. And, while the woods are gone, it is now a farming community. There was a lovely museum in Pepin and Lake Pepin was still there to collect rocks, just like Laura did on her first trip to town. Although, rock throwing seems to be a bit more fun!






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