Summer To Do update #lazzzzzzzzy

Or, I’m very bad at updating but it’s my blog so WHATEVAAAAAAA

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  1. Go berry picking (Blake’s for pea pods, raspberries, and strawberries.  More importantly for cider slushies and cider mill donuts).
  2. Complete the summer reading program at the library This is more work for mom.
  3. Go to one “Story Time in the Park” This got changed to “take all the kids to a movie” since it was in the upper 90s every.single.time. there was story time at the park.
  4. Go to the zoo – for the splash pad!
  5. Go to the splash pad
  6. Go to a fair (The Jubiliee in downtown LO).
  7. Beach day! Done 3x – once planned with water bottles/boogie boards/sand toys, once planned and scrapped after the beach was covered in algae and snails EW and once unplanned at a roadside park!
  8. Kayaking
  9. Go for a hike 3 miles at Sanilac Petroglyphs State Park!
  10. Make homemade bubbles
  11. Make homemade lemonade
  12. Make Popsicle They were kind of icky.
  13. Go for a bike ride ( The littles did this with Jay while I slept and had lots of fun at the fire station & police station).
  14. Write letters to family (and MAIL!)
  15. Star gazing (with the telescope!)
  16. Exploding sidewalk chalk
  17. Sidewalk paint
  18. Play in the rain Now every time it rains they want to play outside.
  19. Go to the playground (So many playgrounds, so little time).
  20. Visit a farm or farm animals (Cook’s Farm Dairy).
  21. Make ice cream
  22. Make play dough or galaxy dough And it was every where!
  23. “re”make tee shirts
  24. Tie die something
  25. Mini golf
  26. Go to a nature center
  27. Fly kites
  28. Go to a parade Harmony marched with the band and we watched.
  29. Farmer’s market
  30. Visit the grandparents and “Gran Jan”
  31. Play in the sprinkler
  32. Try geocatching
  33. Silly String Fight
  34. Visit a museum
  35. Tigers game!
  36. Wash the minivan (Washed Papa’s truck with Papa, cleaned the mini-van but took it to the car wash.  There’s still chocolate ice cream on the door).
  37. Make a bird feeder (or bird bath?)
  38. Amusement park
  39. Outdoor water park
  40. See a lighthouse
  41. Road trip! We did a day road trip and it was perfect!
  42. See a waterfall
  43. Go tubing!

 

1 – there’s no photos of berry picking because it was more important to make sure no one lost a shoe this time.  One momma=lost shoes.  Believe me, we picked them and there was straw washed out of everyone’s hair.

2 – I’m counting this even though none of them turned in the logs to be able to go to the party.  I just didn’t have the drive to do.  I’m still up in the air over whether I like the new children’s area staff.  The circulation desk staff is awful.  It makes me want to drive to another library.

3 – The Secret Life of Pets at Emagine Rochester (with the nice seats and pizza!)

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6 – A yearly tradition of the LO fair.  There were no elephant ears though. WTH!?!?

7 – Beach day!  We went once to the local beach and it was fantastic.  I remembered all the toys and they played and played.  Then we tried the local county park.  The beach was super gross with snails and algae so think you could hardly walk. Ew.  Then we stopped at a roadside park along the edge of Lake Huron after hiking Sanilac Petroglyphs State Park.  It was awesome, I had forgotten how fun those little roadside parks are!

9 – We hiked 3 miles at Sanilac Petroglyphs State Park.  Its the least visited state park in Michigan but its so beautiful.  It was the perfect hike for the littles.

12 – We made the frozen watermelon slice popsicle.  Icky.  Bad Pinterest.  I’ll have to find another recipe to try.

13 – The bike ride to the police station – Dex lifting for some bigger po-lice mus-kles and the only time I better see them in the back of a police car.

18 – Playing in the rain…. they had fun and it was a good way to cool off at the end of the day!

19 – One of many playgrounds that have been played on … a better goal would have been “play on every playground in a 30 mile radius.” And possibly “take photos of big sister playing on playground before she’s too cool for it.”

20. Farm animals at Cook’s Farm Dairy … they are not baby pigs, they’re bacon seeds.

22- There is no photo evidence of the play doh.  We tried 3 different recipes and it was EVERY WHERE. The dog. My walls.  The curtains.  I’m still finding stuffed in hot wheels and the play teapot.

28 – My MIDDLE SCHOOLER marched with the HIGH SCHOOL marching band.  I have lots of feelings about this.

36 – The only photo that didn’t have a license plate in it.  There’s a new seating arrangement in town.  I better not have to yell GETYOURHANDSOFFEACHOTHER anymore.

ZDM

Also known as Zoo-De-Mack … or the bike 51 miles as an excuse to drink/bike ride.

We’d talked about doing this (sans the crazies) before, then decided to go to Copper Harbor instead, then decided to do this instead of Copper Harbor. (did you follow that train of thought?) Therefore … overposting it is!

Lessons learned from 2016:

  • Don’t forget to send sunscreen to the grandparents house.
  • Don’t forget to bring bug spray.
  • The first 8 miles is hot as all get out, wear some sort of long sleeve shirt.
  • We’re not party people.
  • Start earlier (like actually at 9a!)
  • Stop being lazy and pre-register then use the saved money to take Shepler’s.
  • Take cookies to the bike shop before going to thank them for such awesome bikes and service.  Remember how nice it was to not have bike issues for 51 long miles.
  • Plan to book next year at the Chippewa when you check out (if we actually get a room for 2017 🙁 biggest saddest face ever and silliest move ever).
  • Start line & finish line photo!

We enlisted the grandparents to be responsible for the crazies at home for the weekend, found hotels, changed our Friday night hotel, packed wayyyy too much, forgot to pack sunscreen for Nina & Papa’s house and bug spray for us, and had ourselves a kid-free weekend.

The Zoo-de-Mack is NOT a race; there’s not a start time, no silly numbers to wear, just a good time.  Honestly, it’s a giant party with a bike ride in the middle.  You bike from Boyne Highlands to Leggs Inn to Mackinaw City then you take a ferry over to Mackinac Island (optional but I’m not sure why you’d skip it?)

Since it was the first time we did ZDM, there’s not a lot of photos and no Go-Pro video (sorry – we’re just not cool like that). But here’s a weekend run-down.

Friday –

Said “BYE” to Harm, packed everybody up, dropped the littles off with Papa, went back home to take out car seats & put the bikes in the van, and hit the road.

First stop was the Sonic at Birch Run so there was no lunch sharing going on and I felt absolutely NO-GUILT at my Cherry-Limeade Slushy.  We needed to stop in Frankenmuth because we’re out of vodka, but we didn’t stop on the way up for I-don’t-know-why? So we’re still out of vodka.  🙁 Biggest sad face ever.

Who knew my van got such good gas mileage? NOT ME! We didn’t have to stop at all after that, and we got to Boyne Highlands around 5:30p.  Justin’s brothers were already in the bar so we quick checked in.  Our room was pretty awesome – main lodge with a view of the pool, not to far from the elevator or the stairs.

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Registration opened at 8pm.  Now, most people pre-registered (hello cheaper!), I did not…. mostly because lazy.  Thankfully, I didn’t.  The lines for packet pickup were insane, Justin and I breezed in and out.  We had a good laugh at the staff member who signed my credit card receipt though!

We met back up with Justin’s brothers, who did pre-register, and then we wandered around.  There’s a “shop” where you can buy prior year merchandise, this year’s jersey, helmets, camelbak, gloves, and some other random stuff.  There’s a bar up stairs (The Zoo Bar) with live music and big-wheel-races.

We’re like your 95 year old grandma who goes to bed at 7pm, so we did not stay for the rest of the party.

Saturday –

Justin had been talking about the breakfast buffet since we saw the menu.  I decided it was too hot to eat a huge breakfast and then ride.  He’s such a keeper that he got us Cliff Bars and got the show on the road.  We started off with Justin’s oldest brother (who’s done this before) but quickly settled into a {much} slower pace.

I didn’t account for the first 8 miles being ALL.SUN.  and I ended up feeling like absolute crap. As in, I almost turned around and road back to Boyne. I didn’t.  Can  I just tell you the excitement when we got to lunch?  So good, and the view wasn’t bad either 😉 bless Michigan.

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After lunch is the bugs. No, for reals. You ride a good portion through Wilderness State Park, while amazing its a lot of bugs.  I’ll spare you the details.  Nasty.  To Harmony’s horror, her parents take horrible “selfies” and yes, I wore a helmet. I was trying to shove my hair up a little better.

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I was living {and dying} by the mile signs “40 miles down, 10 miles left!”  I kept telling Jay I was taking a break at the 5 miles to go sign. Except there wasn’t one.  All of a sudden it was, “are you people done yet?” via text and AMEN! 3miles to go!

There’s a party at Mackinaw Crossings {it’s a “mall”} and the finish line. I just wanted the ferry and the hot tub.

Hey StarLine!

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After that, there are no photos. Dinner. Hot tub. Sleep. Breakfast. Wander. Ferry home.

Home.  We’ll probably do it again next year, although I didn’t reserve a room at the Chippewa when we checked out so it may depend on if we can get a room there, what other hotels are available, ect.

There’s a bunch of rides we {laugh, JUSTIN AND HARMONY} are thinking about doing for the rest of the year:

July –

Miner’s Revenge (this one won’t happen this year, probably not next year either).

August –

Ore to Shore (this one was planned, then canceled because someone was going to band camp. Now she’s not. #behaviorchallenges It may happen next year).

Delmac (no. Justin can do this on his own).

September –

Ride the Highlander (maybe)

Biketember (maybe)

Apple Cider Century (meh).

October –

Bike the Bridge (registration isn’t open yet, and it’s super limited.  We’ll probably try but not be sad if it doesn’t happen).

Peak2Peak (maybe)

November –

Iceman Cometh Challenge (this one will happen, I’m sure).

There’s always rides around our hometown too, so I’m sure we’ll get a few of those in.

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Pedal Pub

Have you heard of pedal pubs?

No idea where the idea for this came from but they are essentially a trolley that a group of people sit around, pedal around, and drink. It’s a fun way to tour someplace, like Detroit, and have a good time.

The catch is, in the city limits of Detroit, you cannot drink alcoholic beverages while pedaling.  There’s a city code/ordinance of some sort that prevents it.  Other cities? No problemo.  Detroit? Problem.  Multiple news stories say it’s “being worked on.” Not very quickly though, hello government! Crock of …

ANYWAY.

Thanks to one of those random occasions that Justin’s brother was in town, we got to go on one! I was so ridiculously excited it was embarrassing.  I don’t know how my husband put up with me (and that’s totally rhetorical).  It was the perfect Friday night for it too, gosh Michigan weather can be amazing when it’s not all crazy.

HandleBar Detroit

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Not all the seats have pedals so if you can’t reach them {me} or can’t pedal for another reason (like you wore heels to go to a pedal pub) there’s still room.  HandleBar Detroit provides a “handler” who tours your group around, brakes so you don’t run any innocent bystander over, and makes sure no one acts like a fool.

You’ll start and end at the “Z Deck” parking garage, this is important. If you don’t know that, like say your husband is driving – you’re navigating – and said wonderful husband gives you the address but doesn’t say “hey, we’re supposed to park at the Z Deck.” you may direct him around the block multiple times while remembering why he isn’t allowed to drive downtown.

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{Yes, I took this picture. I’m aware it’s a shitty photo}.

The route the tour goes on can vary depending on if the group wants to go certain places.  Our first stop was Checker Bar & Grill.  Sometimes the bars you’ll tour to will have drink specials.  This one did.  I remembered that I don’t really like bars so I stayed out with the handler who was pretty awesome! Bless him because I was totally nosy, wanted his whole life story, and probably made him crazy.

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The new hockey arena downtown… please, please change the name.  I just don’t think I can go to a hockey game in a pizza arena.  I’ll be forced to spend all my money to go to Air Canada Centre.  {That’s a ginger root beer and a coffee thankyouverymuch. Look at those city code/ordinance followers}.

 

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Detroit firefighters, Detroit Police, and the EMS companies that provide service within city limits are amazing.

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Town Pump Tavern  I walked in, walked back out, just so I could say I went in.  I have no idea about drink specials.  I think Jay got a shot or something?!?! Who knows.

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The one place our group wanted to go was Campus Martius Park.  It’s so fun and there were several places to get drinks from.  I skipped the bars and went to the Roasting Plant.  Amazing.  I need a job downtown so I can go here everyday.

3 bars and we pedaled back to the Z-Deck. So.Much.Freaking.Fun.

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We were supposed to get dinner at Punch Bowl Social.  This is the drink Justin got.  It took 30 minutes for me to get a water.  We won’t discuss the actual food or service other than to say Jay & I will never go back.  Ever.  Grudge Holders R Us.

We’ve already talked about doing it again; the reservations fill up quickly!

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Summer “To Do” update #1

or uno … since you can’t count in this house without also being reminded of what that number is in Spanish.  My budding linguists are amaz-balls, I tell you.

6/43 done and I’ve already thought of things I should have had on this list and don’t.  It’s totally our little spot in the vast interwebs so I could add them and just be screw you! Buttttttttt I won’t; there may be an unpublished draft with that list going for next year though. maybe.

  1. Go berry picking (Blake’s for pea pods, raspberries, and strawberries.  More importantly for cider slushies and cider mill donuts).
  2. Complete the summer reading program at the library
  3. Go to one “Story Time in the Park”
  4. Go to the zoo – for the splash pad!
  5. Go to the splash pad
  6. Go to a fair (The Jubiliee in downtown LO).
  7. Beach day!
  8. Kayaking
  9. Go for a hike
  10. Make homemade bubbles
  11. Make homemade lemonade
  12. Make Popsicle
  13. Go for a bike ride ( The littles did this with Jay while I slept and had lots of fun at the fire station & police station).
  14. Write letters to family (and MAIL!)
  15. Star gazing (with the telescope!)
  16. Exploding sidewalk chalk
  17. Sidewalk paint
  18. Play in the rain
  19. Go to the playground (So many playgrounds, so little time).
  20. Visit a farm or farm animals (Cook’s Farm Dairy).
  21. Make ice cream
  22. Make play dough or galaxy dough
  23. “re”make tee shirts
  24. Tie die something
  25. Mini golf
  26. Go to a nature center
  27. Fly kites
  28. Go to a parade
  29. Farmer’s market
  30. Visit the grandparents and “Gran Jan”
  31. Play in the sprinkler
  32. Try geocatching
  33. Silly String Fight
  34. Visit a museum
  35. Tigers game!
  36. Wash the minivan (Washed Papa’s truck with Papa, cleaned the mini-van but took it to the car wash.  There’s still chocolate ice cream on the door).
  37. Make a bird feeder (or bird bath?)
  38. Amusement park
  39. Outdoor water park
  40. See a lighthouse
  41. Road trip!
  42. See a waterfall
  43. Go tubing!

Since the proof is in the photos, no?

1 – there’s no photos of berry picking because it was more important to make sure no one lost a shoe this time.  One momma=lost shoes.  Believe me, we picked them and there was straw washed out of everyone’s hair.

6 – A yearly tradition of the LO fair.  There were no elephant ears though. WTH!?!?

13. The bike ride to the police station – Dex lifting for some bigger po-lice mus-kles and the only time I better see them in the back of a police car.

19. One of many playgrounds that have been played on … a better goal would have been “play on every playground in a 30 mile radius.” And possibly “take photos of big sister playing on playground before she’s too cool for it.”

20. Farm animals at Cook’s Farm Dairy … they are not baby pigs, they’re bacon seeds.

36. The only photo that didn’t have a license plate in it.  There’s a new seating arrangement in town.  I better not have to yell GETYOURHANDSOFFEACHOTHER anymore.

Who knows what this week will bring?  7 days off is in sight though!

 

 

Summer “To Do”

Let’s just own that I am incredibly, horribly awful at summer activities and when September rolls around I’ll be all ohemgeewheretheHdidsummergo!?!?! WE DID NOTHING!?!?!

Which is not true, we did SOME things, but still … mommy guilt!

So, my accountability blog, here’s the summer to do list:

  1. Go berry picking
  2. Complete the summer reading program at the library
  3. Go to one “Story Time in the Park”
  4. Go to the zoo – for the splash pad!
  5. Go to the splash pad
  6. Go to a fair
  7. Beach day!
  8. Kayaking
  9. Go for a hike
  10. Make homemade bubbles
  11. Make homemade lemonade
  12. Make Popsicle
  13. Go for a bike ride
  14. Write letters to family (and MAIL!)
  15. Star gazing (with the telescope!)
  16. Exploding sidewalk chalk
  17. Sidewalk paint
  18. Play in the rain
  19. Go to the playground
  20. Visit a farm or farm animals
  21. Make ice cream
  22. Make play dough or galaxy dough
  23. “re”make tee shirts
  24. Tie die something
  25. Mini golf
  26. Go to a nature center
  27. Fly kites
  28. Go to a parade
  29. Farmer’s market
  30. Visit the grandparents and “Gran Jan”
  31. Play in the sprinkler
  32. Try geocatching
  33. Silly String Fight
  34. Visit a museum
  35. Tigers game!
  36. Wash the minivan
  37. Make a bird feeder (or bird bath?)
  38. Amusement park
  39. Outdoor water park
  40. See a lighthouse
  41. Road trip!
  42. See a waterfall
  43. Go tubing!

It’s a small list, but it’s a start. (and small=more likely to do)

Hello summer!

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love Michigan!

 

 

Five {finally means a party!}

Zero

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One

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Two

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Three

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Four

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Five

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Five is bringing elementary school, glasses, and growing!

It also brought your first ever birthday party.

{sorry kiddo, your parents are nuts and there will be NO themed party every year}.

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This invite and the favor bags that I bought are the only things we really had to “do” for your party {besides pay and invite people and show up and play and all around make.it.happen}.  You wanted a playground birthday party so you got a playground birthday party.  We had a good laugh when it was one Dexter and SIX little girls {none of your “bros” could come}.  Typical, though, I forgot to nag your dad into taking photos of the whole party room & you with your friends.  But you’ll have the memories and everyone had a good time which is all that matters!

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Happy fifth birthday Dexter!

You’ll never know how glad we are that you are ours, how loved you and wanted you were.

Three year old photo courtesy of Meg Elizabeth Photography

Invite via Etsy – DreamJarInvitations

Party @ Rochester Play!

Custom birthday shirt via Baby Mine Essentials

This was not a sponsored post.  But if anyone wants to pay for his college education or first car – let us know! {JK [sort of]} Disclosures <—- for your information!

Vitamin Z

One of the best parts of having a Detroit Zoo membership is all the perks it offers!

Being able to get tickets to the “hot events” before everybody else? Yessssss!

10% off in the $(*&@&(# gift store? Yesssss! {If you thought you were leaving the zoo without a souvenir every.time.you.went, you’re crazy-cakes my friend.}

Bored out of town, use that membership at another zoo!

Every year, the Detroit Zoo has a “members only” event called “Memberfest”, it’s normally a run-of-the-mill, thanks for your money event.  This year, the “Polk Penguin Conservation Center” {read new penguin exhibit!} is opening, so “Memberfest” this year was a timed entry into the zoo and exhibit without trying to deal with hundreds of other crazies … I mean people.

Amen. Praise baby Jesus. Thank you to whomever plans zoo events.

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Mom, stop pretending you know how to work the camera! (Also, that face means we had Crispelli’s for dinner before the zoo!)

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View through the glass right as you enter the conservation center … this is so much bigger than we thought it would be.  Hopefully these penguins are happier in their new home!

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There’s a “right way” to wander the exhibit …  follow the path down like the Artic Ring of Life and these is what you see.  You’re on a ship!  Look at that sky without light pollution people!

 

Interactive “port holes” – highly entertaining to watch Brenna try and jump to see them.

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Off the ramp and into the mist. Or sea spray. Or where you’ll find me when it’s hot as blazes this summer.

 

Penguins next to you. Penguins above you. Penguins below you.

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The stars of the show… er exhibit… eh, the conservation center!

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Don’t forget to look up! {No, I have no idea how they did that… it is pretty fricking awesome.}

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Back up the steps to the other side of the center.  See those happy penguins? I wanted them to sing ala “Happy Feet” but they weren’t cooperating.  Just enthralled at the amount of space they have.  {Also, there’s a $*#*&%$ gift shop right behind you.  Be crazy like us and distract your kids with “lets go see the snakes!” hahahahaha. They screamed and cried.  Penguins > Snakes}

Sleepy otter can’t be bothered.  A gecko or toad or lizard (maybe?)   Sleepy sloth hand.

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Required photo on the turtle {may sub for hippo, butterfly chair, spitting turtles, or polar bear}.

Practicing our “parseltounge.”                                           Dexter’s friend the giant turtle.

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Only the MOST.IMPORTANT. {or deadly} animals at the zoo get their own security team.

Run off some energy so ya’ll sleep.  Momma needs some wine. Please. Thank God.

 

It was super to be able to see the conservation center before it was officially open to the public and without dealing with a mass of rude humans.  The Detroit Zoo is awesome, we absolutely love our membership so you’ll probably see 500 zoo posts… don’t like it? Go read a different blog.  Want your own zoo membership?  Dooooo it! Membership pays for itself in as little as 2 {TWO!} visits (totally depending on family size) and it’s great when you have nothing else to do but GETOUTOFTHEHOUSEBEFOREYOULOSEYOURMIND!

Heading south on Woodward and don’t want lunch at the zoo? Or don’t want to bring your own lunch to the zoo?  Hit up Crispelli’s {and get the French toast. and don’t share. and thank me later.  I take payment and thank yous in the form of said French toast}.

This post is a personal post, and any views expressed are our own.  The Detroit Zoo has no idea who we are.  Our Disclosures page has our full disclosure policy for your reading pleasure!