Memorial Day 2017
As I sit here writing this I can see our flag blowing in the breeze. We are grateful for those who gave their lives so Tom can put that flag out and I can see it waving.
|Tom and I agree we never get tired of the views
of Lake Michigan along US-2.
|Just before St. Ignace there are sand dunes and signs warning
about sand on the road. There is parking and when the weather
is warm the cars are parked bumper to bumper while their
occupants enjoy the lake. In the middle picture is one of the steps
provided to reach the lake. (There is a lot of protected area
along here.) Though with the lake being so much
higher this year it does not look like there will be much beach area.
|Crossing the Mackinac Bridge.
|We have ate at Darrow's Family Restaurant in Mackinaw City
many times over the years and this is the first time I have
noticed this. It is in their parking lot.
We met here for lunch before heading back to Escanaba with our
|Heading back across the Bridge.
|It was a tight squeeze but we got all three car seats across the
back of the jeep.
Left to right: Marcella, Noah, and Jonah
For a while it was very quite.
|Our daughter Rachel actually started out trying to get a picture
with the two who are two. Nate over on the left in blue and Marci
on her lap. Nate would not move closer, then Adelaide crawled
up on her lap, and Noah showed up. (We are missing two.)
I just kept clicking.
|She kept trying to get a picture of these two sitting next to each
other and smiling.This is as close as she got.Nathaniel is her son
and Marcella is our son, Thomas's daughter. They are both two
though she is 5 months older.
|The two youngest.
Our daughter, Rachel's youngest Adelaide ((9 months) on the left
with Marcella (2), named after my mom, on the right.
|The two "middle's".
Jonah, who looks so much like his father
at this age (4) and Nathaniel (2).
|The two oldest.
Our son's son, Noah (6) Our daughter's daughter, Charlotte (5)
Charlotte is a mini-Rachel.
|Noah and Jonah trying to help Adelaide eat.
|We have several puddles in our yard
and Nathaniel got out of the car on
Sunday and proceeded to fall into this
one. So his mom let him have some fun
since he was already muddy and wet.
|Our backyard tree is getting leaves.
|We left Escanaba under blue skies and white fluffy clouds on
Thursday, May 4th. Some views of Lake Michigan along US-2
in the UP. The bottom right going over the Manistique River
it was high. In fact, all the rivers and creeks are high this year.
|There are a lot of wet areas along US-2 and the reflection of the
trees in this one was beautiful.
|Going over the Mackinaw Bridge. Lake Michigan on the right.
There is continuous upkeep on the bridge when the weather allows.
|Lunch at Darrow's Family Restaurant in Mackinaw City. The
food here is nothing fancy but is made from scratch and delicious.
It is one of our favorite places to stop for lunch.
|Passed a long line of National Guard Vehicles on their way
to Camp Grayling.
|Once we crossed the bridge everything was a lot greener, our trees
are just starting to bud, but the sky was starting to cloud over.
|Thought of several of the couples we have met from Canada as
we went under this sign.
|Once the sky opened up we were traveling in heavy rain through
Bay City, Saginaw, Flint, and all the way to our family's front door.
Google maps moved us off of I-75 sooner than normal because of
accidents ahead. So we spent the last 30 minutes on city streets.
|The three little reasons we were anxious to visit.
Starting on the left Noah who is 6, Marcella who is 2, and
Jonah who never stands still and is 4.
|Jonah getting on the bus to go to pre-school. He looked so tiny
getting on such a big bus. He just ran out and climbed on.
(He did give kisses before he left.)
|It was Noah's schools Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 9th.
It was a nice surprise to be able to go and watch. He is in
Kindergarten and they did a wonderful job, of course he was
(Okay, as his Nana I may be a little biased but he is a cutie for sure.)
|Nadine and I at Noah's Concert.
While we were visiting she took me out for lunch to celebrate
Mother's Day and we got in a little bit of shopping.
It was a fun outing and nice to spend time
together, just the two of us.
|Wild violets and one of the dandelions in their front lawn.
|Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit.
|It is a lovely old theater.
|Our son with his beautiful wife,
Nadine and their three children.
|As his parents it was a proud moment for us to watch him walk.
He actually received his Master's in Industrial Engineering this
past December but because of his commitment to the Michigan
National Guard was not able to attend his commencement. So
he applied and they let him walk with the May 2017 class.
|Heading home it was a beautiful day with blue skies and
white fluffy clouds. The little black flies are hatching so
along the lake the windshield started to get messy.
|Crossing the bridge going north off to the right you can see
Mackinaw Island in Lake Huron.
|The sunset was beautiful but there are a lot of trees along
US-2 so the view is distorted from the movement. Tom would
only stop once for pictures.
|Back home in time for our granddaughter's dance recital.
Her mom took this backstage before the dress rehearsal.
|Our daughter, Rachel, and her daughter, Charlotte
backstage before the first performance.
|We saw a wonderful blue sky for a
short time on Saturday.
|I found a dandelion next to the house.
Our electric cord from the Stinger B.
|On my way to purchase groceries I took a detour down to the
lake. You can see the lighthouse off to the right.
|Looking in the other direction at the ore terminal that closed
while we were gone. There will no longer be large ore boats
rounding the corner on the far side of the lighthouse.
I find it sad, over the years I sat and
watched them coming in and going out more then once.
|This is a picture of the Ore Cars at the terminal. I remember these
across the street from when my parents had a house on the North-side
of Escanaba. It would be noisy when the would start moving.
Not to mention we would always get caught if we spent anytime
by them. The red greasy dirt was pretty noticeable.
|Papa and Charlotte fly a kite. The blue sky had disappeared
and the clouds and cold were back.
|Today's picture through the tree is
grey and gloomy.
|The main altar and two side altars.
|Picture taken from internet of St. Patrick's Church
in 1903, the year it was dedicated.
|Growing up this was the Carnegie Library which opened in 1903.
It was built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie.
Mary Beth, a lifelong friend, and I used to ride our bikes here in the
summer to take books outs from the children's room in the basement.
Our children also spent time in that same children's room.
Tom and I spent many Saturdays and nights here doing homework and
researching information for papers. (Though not together.)
When they built a new City Hall/Library Complex,which opened
in 1995, the building was sold to private owners.
|The sun shining through our maple tree.
|Another sunset from our front porch.