Visiting the family up in Lansing, the boys with cousins Samantha and Ethan
Adding Aunt Debbie, Mama and Grandma into the mix
Samantha and Devin squaring off for a race
Here's Ethana nd Jared running one way while Samantha and Devin take off elsewhere
Back home, this year we added in some new birch trees to the backyard. Some nice new river birches - Daddy's favorite
That whole area will be covered in woodchips next year and we'll have our own little tranquility copse. Also, we planted some raspberries which actually turned in a pretty good crop this year
And here we have new hosueguests, a family of robins, their baby here is just learning to fly
Mama and Daddy robin look on, watching that guy with the camera very carefully
Here I go with another try!
Oops, diodn't quite make that one
So close yet so far
Now we switch over to farm night at Paddock Elementary, and Jared saying hi to a nice goat
They do this every year, bringing in a local petting zoo for the kids to experience the animals
Jared petting a nice fawn
Devin wanted to hang back a bit from the animals. He needs a few more pounds on him before he'll be comfortable I think
Hmm, I don't know about this Mama
Jared feeding the nice pony some yummy corn
Flanders Elementary you say? Well, this was Daddy's grade school back in Farmington. Unfortunately, and quite stupidly (it's been beautiful refurbished), it's being closed due to funding problems and whatnot. They had an alumni night which we visited and met some folks I haven't seen for decades. Very sad actually
Here's my boy, sitting outside Daddy's school, which is no more
Now we move to Tecumseh's Memorial Day parade, with my patriotic little D leading the charge
Both my boys love their flags
We always love Tecumseh's parade because they have lots of flyovers
The local marching bank
The fife and drum corps out of Plymouth
And the mounted sherrif brigade
And of course, the awesomely huge fire engines get the boys' engines running
Oh no, are they gonna blow their horns Daddy?
More fire engines
Like I said, cool flyovers
This time a couple of A-10 Thunderbolts. Now those things can provide some crowd control!
And some old timey bicycles close out 2010's parade.
Happy memorial day!