Tuesday, April 21, 2015

8-Mile Sunday

After spending Saturday doing yard work (and squatting and crawling on rocks pulling weeds for two and a half hours), it was time to do something fun on Sunday.  We loaded up our bikes and our friends' bikes and hit the Kal-Haven Trail.  The first half of the journey was pretty tough...riding into a brisk wind and uphill the entire way.  (I'm not too proud to admit to stopping to give my poor screaming legs a break along the way. And trust me, it wasn't pretty what they were screaming.) Our goal was to reach the caboose in Kalamazoo and, I'm happy to say, we made it...sore hamstrings from the previous day and all.  The ride back to the vehicle was downhill and soooooo much better!  So, we rode 8 miles to the caboose and back...and even though my legs are sore, I'm happy to say I don't have a sore caboose!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Has Sprung!

FINALLY it feels like spring and it's getting warm outside!  Today was a gorgeous sunny day in the low 60s and we went for a 6-mile bike ride along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail with our friends.  (The girls didn't want to be too sore after their first outing...and would like to be able to walk the next day without cursing.) It's a nice paved trail through Kalamazoo that's pretty level, which is great because I swear that sometimes the guys pick trails that seem to be uphill both ways.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring Break

My sister and her kids enjoyed some of their spring break by coming for a visit to their favorite sister/aunt's house.  We took them to South Haven for lunch and to see the sights.  (They agreed that Clementine's had the best onion rings they've ever had!)  We posed for pictures by the lighthouse and along the pier and were surprised to see big chunks of ice still floating in the water. We wandered through some shops and the kids had a great time laughing at the Poo-pourri (scented bathroom sprays with hilarious names like "Heavy Doody" and funny descriptions). My sister and I laughed the hardest at the "Drinking Buddies" I got:  six little plastic guys with names on their shorts that hang on the side of your glass.  I figure I'll never have to drink alone again.

We also did some house hunting along the way to South Haven. The kids liked the houses we were interested in and renamed them "The Butt House" (it's on a lake and the peninsula does kind of look like a derriere) and "The Crap House" (this one had dog poop on the sidewalk which Matt stepped in...twice).  We planned to go through the houses with our realtor on Monday and were sad to see both were taken off the market this weekend. Oh well.  Maybe it was meant to be that we didn't get to buy them. I don't think I'd want to live in a house with a really bad nickname.  I'm a little nervous about what they'll call our next house.

So, after touring west Michigan, we came home and played some pinball.  Matt was pretty happy to have some kids to play pinball with and was sad to have to go to work while the kids got to play pinball all day.  I tried to talk Karie into taking a machine with her, but she just wasn't as excited about the idea as I was.  To enjoy even more pinball, Matt got out his 1,000-piece pinball puzzle. We got 999 pieces put together and are still looking for the final piece.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter

Matt took over kitchen duties yesterday for Easter.  He made us these cute little bunny pancakes for breakfast.  Then, he ordered Chinese for dinner. He may now be in charge of all future holiday meals while I enjoy Netflix.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Small Town Saturday

Last Saturday, we toured Allegan.  We've been talking about moving and we've been working with a realtor for the past couple of years.  As we do some updating to our home, we've also been searching online, driving by, and actually going through tours of some potential new homes.  Well, new for us. We're definitely ready for a change.  I would like to be in a warmer climate.  Matt would like to be closer to work and on the water. So, we have some compromising to do.  I actually fell in love with a huge old historic home.  It's absolutely gorgeous and did I mention it's huge?  It's stately and beautiful and probably comes with a ghost or two.  Matt's not as excited about having a ghost as I am. So, keeping our options open, we drove by some other homes for sale, we walked through the town and checked out some shops, and then we went and had some lunch at a local restaurant.  Oh, and supposedly, the restaurant is haunted.  I think I could learn to like Allegan.

The historic bridge behind us was built in 1866.