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.
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!
Sylvia, Spencer, Meg, and Luuk sipping on some juice
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!
After getting to spend most of the week with family, we also got to spend some time with friends. Last Friday we spent most of the day hanging out with the Moore family. We went to the Hands-on Museum, Arbor Brewing Company, and then enjoyed Jerusalem Gardens at their house. It was great to catch up. Hope to see you again soon!
We’re probably not the only family to do this, but a Felty tradition has long been to play putt-putt golf while on vacation. Last week we chose Putterz in Ypsilanti, which happens to be a place that Clare and I went on dates a couple times when we lived in Ann Arbor. The kids liked it so much we played a second round later in the day.
While in Michigan last week, we spent some time giving the kids a bit of a tour of Ann Arbor, including some of our favorite places. We stopped by our old house on 1st St., which is still there, and mostly the same. There appear to be some upgrades, like central air conditioning, which we did not have while we lived there. We also visited Cafe Verde, where we had our first date, and the Kuenzel Room in the Michigan Union, where we got married. The kids whined for awhile, but we pushed through. It was fun to reminisce.
Spencer and Meg checking out our old house on First St.
We spent quite a lot of time last week swimming and boating on Horseshoe Lake. The water was quite warm. Meg spent much of the time pretending to be Chloe Daisy. I was Jimmy Johnson, and Spencer was Antonio Brown. Chloe and Jimmy got married several times, mostly in the lake, or on the dock. She has such a great imagination!
We spent last week in Michigan, celebrating the occasion of the 50th anniversary of my parents’ wedding. We had a great time relaxing on Horseshoe Lake, just north of Ann Arbor. Having just made it to my 11th anniversary, I can say that staying married for 50 years is no small feat. Congratulations, and thanks for all the great years. I hope there are plenty more to come still.
This past weekend we went camping. At first it was just going to be our family and the Ichneumons. Then 2 other families joined as well. We ended up with 8 adults and 5 kids, ranging in age from one to seven. The original plan was to camp in a campground at St. Louis Creek. Mekayla and Eva went up early, but it was already full. They ended up finding a spot in the national forest near Lake Granby for dispersed camping, which turned out to be even better. There was a few tense moments, when our car got stuck on a rock right by the campground, but luckily Greg, Mike, and Nick helped me dig out the rock, and jack up the car to get it free.
The kids had a great time playing with each other, especially the first night with the glow sticks that Eva brought.
On the way home, Meg and Spencer were talking about writing about all the things we did, and I suggested that they help me write a blog post, so they are.
We saw columbines at the end of the road at the campsite we were camping at. We had a fun time partying in our tent. On the way back home, we walked up the tundra.
I had a fun time playing with the kids, and there was a beautiful view hiking there.
Good times with good friends are hard to beat.
I love getting out in nature. It allows me to clear my mind from everyday worries and concerns. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place, and have great friends with whom we can enjoy it.
After we had some great fun in Philadelphia we headed up to Clinton, New York to visit the Dibbles. We had a really nice time. Highlights included visiting the Rich Dibble farm, meeting the newest addition Rosemary, hiking around Hamilton college, some great New York pizza, incredible food for Thanksgiving dinner, and a very relaxed, mostly unplugged time. Keep reading for about 80 magnificent pictures.
p.s. The above group picture was the only one which didn’t have a kid sticking out their tongue! It looks like Spencer is giving us the bird, but I think that is unintentional. Unfortunately Abe had to leave to tend to a cow before we took the picture.