A mere 2 weeks after celebrating Clara's birthday, we were at it again. This time, daddy turned a year older. Great grandpa mailed a birthday card to me and of course included a couple of toys for the girls (tugboats that Janny is proudly holding).
Sunday, September 16, 2012
With a little help from google maps, I headed out (needless to say via bicycle) to a local bridge that I'd never seen before. As I suspected, it is quite not maintained. But surprisingly, there were no barricades on either side and no warning signs. As a civil engineer who knows nothing about structures, I decided it would probably not collapse if I walked across. Several planks were missing and there is no guard rail. I was pleasantly frightened by the height of the bridge, maybe 20 feet to the stream below.
Riding across was out of the question, as I'm no Danny Macaskill. I rode the race bike out there, so I had my fancy bike shoes. I won't do that again. I also have no plans to take the girls here ever.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Clara turned 3 this week! In her mind, she has been 3 for four months, but the actual birthday finally arrived. There was much celebration. In the morning, several of her good friends (and their moms) came over for the kid party. I took a long lunch to see the 2nd half of the festivities.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
We drove up to Athens, MI, to spend some quality time with the maternal-paternal side of the family. Since Jill is now watching an additional 2 year old on Wed and Fridays, we couldn't get on the road until after 5. Which meant that we didn't get on the road until closer to 6. An hour later we ate dinner at Burger King in Gilman. Not much later, I made a wrong turn. Later still we (except for the sleeping Janny) had to eat ice cream treats at a gas station. At 1:45 am local time, we arrived at great-grandpa's house to a warm greeting (I think/hope that he was sleeping prior to our arrival).
On the way home, we drove during the day. I'm preferring night driving now. At least one of the kids is asleep and we need to stop way less often.
We visited an apple orchard that was hurting for apples due to the great 2012 drought. Our county is 9" short of rain on the year.