Grand Rapids Chalk Flood 2009

Today Heidi and I met Jill and Jason at the Grand Rapids Chalk Flood. Downtown Grand Rapids was filled with people decorating the sidewalks, walls, streets, trees, and just about anything else within reach. It would be hard to imagine having a more beautiful day for it. Here are some pictures.

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Afterward, we headed to the Winchester for dinner and drinks with my family. It's a great little bar down on Wealthy, but we never would have found it if they hadn't told us to watch for the motorcycle guy on the sign. They had both good food, and good beer too. No pictures there, unfortunately, so you'll have to take my word for it.

Easter 2009

We hope everybody had a good Easter. Ours was a busy one. We went first to the Breen Easter for dinner and the annual egg hunt. Fun was had by all, since the kids decided they would re-hide the eggs for the adults to find.
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Afterward, we went to the combined Wever Easter and birthday party for my aunt Lori. We missed dinner, but made it in time for a very impressively decorated cake. It tasted as good as it looked.
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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Key West. Pictures coming soon. Hope everybody is having a good holiday.

New pictures

I posted new pictures in the gallery:
Tailgating - We tailgated at the MSU vs. Notre Dame game. John came from North Carolina for the game. We hadn't seen him in years, and it was good to catch up. It was incredibly hot that day, and we ended up packing up early and watching the game at Mark and Jessica's house.

Go Green!

Go Green

Back to work

Summer is over, and I am back to work. Before things get too busy, I thought I had better post more pictures. We had a party at our house with Chase's friends from MSU over an extended weekend. We went to Frederik Meijer Gardens, played Rock Band, had a bonfire, and played poker. Chase's cousin Alex got married on the following weekend at Fallasburg Park.

LA Trip (better late than never)

I'm just getting around to posting a few pictures from a business trip to the LA area (Long Beach specifically) way back in May. The pictures are from the couple hours I took in the evenings for sight seeing. All in all, it was a good trip, though I'd be perfectly happy never passing through LA International Airport again.

Busy Summer

We spent a few days in June at the Kent cottage. My parents, sisters, and their families were there also. We had really good weather. We celebrated Fathers Day, Brian's birthday, and David's birthday. We spent our time either in the water or at the campfire. While we were there, Chase got news that he will be laid off from his job at the end of July. We are staying optimistic though that he will find something soon.

We went directly from the cottage to Fisherman's Island State Park for a camping trip. Fisherman's Island is just south of Charlevoix, and is right on Lake Michigan. I survived the "rustic" bathrooms. Chase's mom, Kyle, Aunt Lori, Rachel, Aunt Jenny, and Nancy were there. It poured the first night we were there. Chase and I luckily sealed the tent before we left, and it kept us dry during the storm. The weather was nice during the rest of the weekend. We ate in Charlevoix on the first night at an oyster bar, which was very good. We ate well during the rest of the weekend at the campsite also. We had breakfast burritos, spaghetti and garlic bread, and brats all made either over the fire or on the camp stove. We went to an art show in Charlevoix, and spent a lot of time at Lake Michigan on the beach.

Over the fourth of July on the following weekend, we went to the Bolen cottage on Lake Avalon near Alpena. Chase's grandma, mom and dad, and Kyle and Jacquie were there. Chase's grandma is doing really well considering what she has been through over the past few months. We had very nice weather. We swam, went out on the boat, had campfires, and had a really good time. We saw a very funny sign in Vienna at a gas station on our way home. I made Chase turn around so I could take a picture.

We spent the next weekend in Mt. Pleasant. Chase was a groomsman in his friend Ben's wedding (better known as Wookie). Chase has known Ben since elementary school, and they grew up a couple of miles from each other. The wedding was in the chapel at Alma college, and the reception was right outside the chapel. There was a tent for eating and a tent for dancing. They had lots of flowers which they grew themselves. The weather was very nice, despite a gloomy forecast. Ben and Kate are a really good match, so it was fun to be a part of their day. Chase's friend Dave and his girlfriend Lindsey came from California for the weekend. We haven't seen Dave in two years, and it was really nice to get caught up. We were also able to meet Chase's friend Justin and Abby's new baby, Kaylee. Congratulations, Kate and Ben!

Pictures are in the gallery.

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Happy Birthday Jenny!

The Wever family came over a few weeks ago to celebrate Jenny's birthday. Pictures are in the gallery.

Crystal Mountain

We went to Crystal Mountain last weekend with Tim, Nancy, Kyle, and Jacquie. Chase used to go skiing with his family and with the Pollacks at Crystal Mountain when he was younger. He also skis with Sam in our yard. I have only been to Thompsonville to go to Mike's for the annual canoe trip. I used to cross country ski with my family when I was younger, but hadn't skied in a long time and had never downhill skied. This promised to be an interesting weekend :)

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