A nearby town had a Hot Air Balloon Festival over Memorial Day weekend. The theme of my little guy's nursery is hot air balloons, so of course we had to go! (Although he won't remember any of it.) It was an awesome experience to watch the balloons launch right in front of us.
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This past Sunday morning, I woke up to a weather alert on my phone that I had never heard of before - freezing fog. I'm still not quite sure what that meant. What I can tell you is that it made the trees absolutely beautiful, coating each branch in white. I was only able to snap one quick picture on my way to church. God did a great job of frosting His creation that morning!
Over Thanksgiving weekend, my family and I took a trip down to Detroit (technically Grosse Pointe Shores) to visit the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. Edsel was the only son of Henry Ford. He raised his family of four children in this mansion on the shores of Lake St. Clair.
This is the gatehouse and garage, where the cars (all Fords, of course) were kept.
This is the playhouse given to Edsel and Eleanor's only daughter, Josephine, on her seventh birthday.
This is the house. It was built in 1927 and is about 20,000 square feet.
This is the one picture I snapped of the interior before I was told that I couldn't take pictures inside the house.
The house was fully decked out for Christmas. This is a glimpse of one of the many Christmas trees, viewed through one of the many leaded glass windows.
Last week, I was in Detroit for a teacher's conference. We actually stayed in the hotel in the Renaissance Center (more affectionately known as the Ren Cen)! How cool is that! Here are a few pictures I took on my walk from the convention center to the hotel.
This is the Mariners' Church, built in 1849.
This is from the inside, looking across the river at Canada.
It's looking very autumnish here in Michigan (although it also snowed a bit last Saturday). Here are a few pictures of what it looks like around me. God does such a great job painting the world for fall!
My husband and I took a road trip to the East Coast this summer. We spent several days in New York City. One of the highlights of our time there was visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. To honor the sacrifices made as we pass another anniversary, I thought I would share some of our pictures of the memorial.
My husband and I typically go on vacation for a couple of weeks every summer. We try to avoid being gone on the Fourth of July. There are lots of fun family things to do at home that we don't want to miss. However, this year, the Fourth of July fell smack in the middle of our time away. So we decided, since we had to be gone for the Fourth of July, that we would do it up right. We celebrated Independence Day in Washington, D.C.!
The day started with a parade that lasted almost two hours. There were marching bands galore, a few floats, some large balloons, and the occasional unexpected thing - like people doing tricks on old bicycles or the Kissmobile.
The parade finished around 2:00, so we wandered around to find some food and see the sights. Then around 6:00, we headed to the Capitol building. I don't know if you've ever watched PBS on the evening of the Fourth of July, but they broadcast a concert from the lawn of the Capitol building. This year, I was at that concert! (Although our view wasn't the greatest. The stage is behind that clump of trees in the middle. You can sort of see the white of the bandshell peeking through. The Capitol was directly behind us, though!)
The concert finished with the National Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture - complete with cannons! And then the fireworks started behind the Washington Monument. It was such an awesome experience!
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Back in April, my husband and I took a weekend trip to Chicago. I haven't shared too many of our pictures from that trip yet, so I thought I would remedy that today. Being the bibliophile that I am, we of course had to visit the Chicago Public Library. I would love to live close to that library - so many books!
The library is the building on the left. It was built in 1991. The strange-looking green things on the corners are decorations that include owls, which symbolize knowledge.
I just thought this sign was kind of funny - first names will be disregarded. :)
The top story is an atrium with trees and tables and chairs.
This would be such a pleasant place to read!
Not knowing what to do with our recent Memorial Day holiday, my husband and I decided to go for a drive. We ended up going along the edge of Michigan's Thumb (if you're not sure what I mean, just look at a map of Michigan. We're conveniently shaped like a hand, with the thumb on the right side.) and checking out a few lighthouses. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state. Just in one day's driving, we were able to see three of them!
Okay, so this isn't a lighthouse. We happened upon this when we stopped at a roadside park. It is the White Rock, about half a mile from shore in Lake Huron. It was a sacred spot for the Native Americans and an important navigational guide for the French fur traders.
Harbor Beach Lighthouse, built in 1885.
The Pointe Aux Barques lighthouse, built in 1848. It was also a lifesaving station which trained and housed men who would rescue sailors from shipwrecks.
The Port Austin Reef Light, built in 1878. The weather didn't quite cooperate, and we got quite drenched walking close enough to see this one. Thankfully, the sun then came out and dried us off!
I know most people posted their pictures of spring flowers weeks (or months) ago. But here in Michigan, spring takes a bit longer to show up. :) Here are my springy pictures from my own garden over the past couple of weeks.
I have no idea what this plant is called, but apparently it holds raindrops quite nicely!
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