Black widow

black-widow
A couple days ago I was putting a new latch on one of our gates. As I was finishing up, I heard a buzzing, which seemed to be coming from the basement window well. I walked over to find a wasp (or maybe fly) caught in a spider web, buzzing as it unsuccessfully struggled to get free. A few seconds later, I saw the spider come out, and immediately recognized it as a black widow. It’s the first time I ever saw one in real life. I watched it for several minutes, coming out to spin up the bug, then go back into the corner. I went down to the basement to catch a glimpse from there, and saw two large egg sacs. I continued to watch the spider do its work for maybe 10 or 15 minutes, tried in vain to take a picture with my iPhone, and then grabbed the big camera. I caught a pretty good shot as the spider was carrying its prey back to the corner. As fascinating as all of this was, I bought some spray the next day and killed it. I just can’t take a chance on my family being bitten by a black widow.

First day of school

Today was the first of day school for us – Meg started Kindergarten, and Spencer started second grade. Meg had a big mix of emotions. She was super excited for the most part, with a bit of shyness and nervousness mixed in. She did just fine walking into her classroom. The kids school has a tradition of doing a big flag ceremony on the first day of school about 30 minutes after the start of school. The cub scouts do the ceremony including sending off a rocket. Spencer and Rob participated in the flag ceremony. For some reason, seeing Mommy again got Meg bawling, and asking to only do half day Kindergarten. By the time they got home though, they were both happy and excited to tell us all about their days.

More fun in Trenton

Our flight back home to Denver wasn’t until nearly 9 p.m., so we had all day to hang out in Trenton. We split up for awhile – Rob, Harold, Spencer, and Sadie went to the driving range. Sadie has been taking golf lessons this summer, and is getting pretty good. It was Spencer’s first time trying real golf. He did pretty well too. Clare, Fran, and Meg went to the Trenton pool. We enjoyed our last meal of tasty Michigan Middle Eastern food (or McDonald’s for those who don’t like Middle Eastern), then packed up and said our goodbyes.

Fun on Whitmore Lake

After a day with the Moores, we spent a day with the van Kampens. Casey’s dad lives on Whitmore Lake, so we met them there for lots of fun – swimming, boating, tubing, croquet, and bocce ball. Luuk and Sylvia are nearly the same age as Spencer and Meg, and they got along swimmingly. Thanks for having us!

Howdy Luis and Courtney

While we were on vacation at Horseshoe Lake last week, my parents generously agreed to watching the kids one night so Clare and I could have some “adult” time with our friends Luis and Courtney. We had a great time catching up over beers and Thai food in Northville. Luis and I have been friends for over 22 years now! Great to see you two!

Clare and Rob at happy hour
Clare and Rob at happy hour
Luis and Courtney at happy hour
Luis and Courtney at happy hour
Luis and Rob
Luis and Rob