Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Five Guys


This past Sunday, we made a quick trip to South Bend to celebrate Bridgie's birthday together as a family.  We went to Edward's church, South Bend CRC, and then to Five Guys for lunch.  Edward also gave us a tour of Innovation Park where he does most of his grad school work. Very interesting and fun trip!

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Her actual birthday was this past Friday and I took this of her with a red velvet cookie after school.  Those cookies do taste like the real thing!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Bridget, the Artist

Bridget had the honor of having one of three paintings chosen from her high school to be in the Congressional Art Show at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  It hung in the museum for a week and then there was a ceremony where she was presented with a certificate from our Congressman Justin Amash.

Her painting was of a parrot and was named, "The Apostle."

I like this photo because it shows the Grand River at it's historic flood level.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Flash Back Friday


Bridget is 18 years old today. Just yesterday she was a 3 year old little girl.

And the day before that, she was a little baby.

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And the day before that, she was just an infant, only 5 days old.

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Happy Birthday, dear Bridget!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Love Thursday

John whizzing by in the Hollywood Half marathon.

I was surprised at how much fun we had in Hollywood.

We stayed here before the race which started at 6am!


We saw a lot of interesting stars after the race...
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But this was my fave...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tide Pools, Palm Trees and Brown Seagulls





It was a little different being at the Pacific Ocean - sunsets over the ocean, long surfs, and brown seagulls!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Laguna Beach

We were last here in 1999 with our 3 little kids.  How times change!  It's still a beautiful beach.



I love this picture of the sea foam!


Monday, April 22, 2013


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God, brilliant Lord, your name echoes around the world. Psalm 8:9, the Message

Friday, April 19, 2013

Flash Back Friday

Heidi, Heather, Stephen, Laura, Edward, Michelle, Maria, Bridget, Brian... Cousins

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


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One of the most fun parts of the wedding was when the little flower girl carried in Heidi's Pomeranian, Teddy!

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It was quite entertaining to watch him during the ceremony with the flower girl.

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He behaved himself really well!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Beautiful Day

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It was so nice to come from the cold and snow of Michigan and enjoy a nice outdoor wedding.

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Thankfully, I was also able to take a lot of good photos from the aisle seat.

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Congrats to Heidi & Steve!

Monday, April 15, 2013

California Wedding

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So this is John & I with the family in San Juan Capistrano where we went last week for the wedding!  We had a great time catching up with everyone, his dad, step-mom, half brother and 2 half sisters.  Oh and of course, it was great getting to know our new brother-in-law, Steve!

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John with Mark, his half brother

Friday, April 12, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Love Thursday

We went to Joshua Tree National Park to see the interesting landscape. My camera photos should show a lot more.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Laguna Beach

We made it to a few beaches in California - Laguna Beach was one of my faves! We made it back to Michigan today and this weekend I hope to go through the over 400 photos I took.

Sunday, April 07, 2013


John & I came out to San Juan Capistrano for his half sister's wedding this past Saturday. I took lots of pix of course but for now from my phone I'll post this