May 31, 2010


Trees in the Willow family shed little white seed puffs in the spring time.  At Haas Lake Park there are lots of poplar and cottonwood trees which are part of the willow family.   It is so thick it literally looks like snow on the ground.  While it is not uncommon to have cold weather on Memorial Day, this year was unique.  We have had a week of 80 to 90 degree temps. 

On Friday we headed over to St. Clair shores for lunch with our daughter Melissa and Granddaughter Ella.  After a great lunch at a local deli we headed south along the lake enjoying the views of the grand old mansions in Grosse Point. 

We made a stop at the local Trader Joes  before returning in time to pick up Ella's older sister Emma from school.  They were going to have a sleep-over and Grandma and Grandpa's RV so with all their stuff in tow we headed back to the RV stopping first at Whole Foods to pick up a few items for our evening cook out.

When we got to the RV the girls were anxious to go swimming in the lake.  So before dinner it was off to the beach.  Both Emma and Ella really enjoy the water.  I'm not sure it was all that warm but when you're a kid it's never too cold. After about a half hour of swimming we headed back to have our cookout.  Supper included the mandatory hot dogs along with Mac and Cheese.  Then it was time for a few cartoons before bed.

Both Emma and Ella are early risers, so Saturday came early.  After a quick breakfast they wanted to head back to the beach for more swimming and swings.  Later that afternoon, their Melissa and Todd joined us for another cookout.  This time we had grass fed steak, and shrimp that we brought back from Mexico.  For dessert Judy baked the frozen apple pie we had in the freezer that we bought at  Julian Pie company in Julian, California back in March.

Emma decided to spend another night with us and the three of us went to church Sunday morning.  Our new friends Randy and Pam had recommended we try Oak Pointe Church in Novi and we really enjoyed the service. After the church service everyone is invited to hang around and have coffee, bagels and donuts that are available in the foyer.
Emma liked her Sunday School class but she really enjoyed the strawberry frosted donut.
After church it was back to the beach with Emma.  I think she is growing gills.  Her sister and Mom and Dad joined us mid afternoon for yet another beach trip and of course one final cookout.  I suspect both girls were asleep in the back seat before they were even out of the park.

This morning we got packed up and hit the road for our short 60 mile trip to Jackson, Michigan to visit my Mom.  We hadn't seen her since last October when we left to go out West.  We took her out for lunch and just spent time visiting.  We had a rainy drive back to Grand Rapids but we arrived safe and sound and are now back in our same site at the WoodChip Campground for the next week.

Until later.