Eat Dirt Mud Run 2014

We had such a wonderful time attending the Eat Dirt Mud Run 2014 this year! They had options for our older kids to run a 5K race as well as a shorter version for the littler kids. If you follow us on Instagram, you will have seen pictures shared through out the event. Eat Dirt Mud Run 2014 The Eat Dirt Mud Run 2014 isn't you'r typical 5k race, oh no, it's much more fun (and dirty!) The Eat Dirt Mud run offers a course that is challenging enough for the most avid runner, and fun enough for … [Read more...]

Day Out With Thomas 2014

We were so excited to attend the Day Out with Thomas 2014 event again this year in Flint, MI. This event is so much more then just a 40 minute ride on Thomas the Train. We learned that last year we needed to allow most of the day to be able to enjoy all of the activities that are available. Upon arriving we boarded the train, being pulled by none other the Thomas. At the event you get a 40 minute ride on Thomas, which is a very relaxing ride that many fall asleep on. The further … [Read more...]

Back To School Photos ~ Our 6 Blessings

This week is the 3rd week of the Not Back-To School blog hop hosted by iHomeschool Network. This weeks topic is Back To School Photos. A great excuse for all of us bloggers to share photos of our blessings! If you are new here, welcome! We have 6 blessings (5 boys ~ 1 girl) that tend to keep us very busy, this year we are entering our 9th year of homeschooling. Here is a picture of all of our blessings. Getting 6 kids to look good in a picture is not fun, but you can almost see their … [Read more...]

Largest Volunteer Art Festival ~ Festival Of The Arts

The Festival Of The Arts is a community celebration in downtown Grand Rapids the first full weekend in June each year, this year was their 45th year. It is the longest running festival in Michigan, and is the largest volunteer art festivals in the county. There are free art activities for the kids to enjoy and great food to choose from from many different countries that are operated by local nonprofit organizations. They also have dance performances, music of all types, theatre, poetry, … [Read more...]

A Day Out With Thomas ~ Michigan ~ Family 4 Pack Giveaway

It's that time of year again, the time of year Gabe is asking regularly when we will be going back to see Thomas The Tank Engine in real life.  He is my big train lover, everything is trains he spends half of his day building train tracks and playing with his Thomas and Friends Trains! Which makes this the perfect event for him to be able to attend. Last year was our first year attending the event, and I was so pleasantly surprised as to how many different things there are for the kids to do … [Read more...]

Things To Do In Michigan With Kids ~ Blanford Nature Center

Blanford Nature Center ~ Things To Do In Michigan (with kids) We recently had some friends come and visit from California, and spent part of the day enjoying Blanford Nature Center. It had been a while since we visited, and the kids loved walking around and exploring all that this great nature center has to offer. During the early spring they have the Sugarbush Festival and you can watch the whole process of maple syrup making, which is a lot of fun (and of course educational as … [Read more...]

National Train Day

Last week I received an email telling me that on Saturday it was National Train Day. I had never heard of National Train Day, so I decided to look into it. What it means is that lots of the local train stations were having a celebration for train transportation and had some fun activities for kids, as well as 50% off tickets for Amtrack on that day. With Gabe being a HUGE train fan, I figured this would be a perfect outing for him and Ethan. It started at 6am on a Saturday and all the rest of … [Read more...]

Dangers Of Dad’s Bringing Kids To Hardware Store, Teenage Driving, and more!

The weather has finally started to warm up well at least on some days, which means we have started spending lots of time outside lately!! So here is a spring photo dump of our outdoor happenings lately. We choose not to fill the sandbox area under our swing set, because of the fact our cats would love their own premium litter box outside. I was able to find a cover for it so we decided to fill the sandbox, it was a great decision the sand is a wonderful sensory input for Ethan and he will … [Read more...]

Pictured Rocks National Shoreline~Miners Castle ~ Upper Peninsula Michigan~ #puremichigan

I know that it has been a while since our last Upper Peninsula Michigan Vacation post. But life has been busy, and I am needing to remember the warmer weather since last week we had temperatures that were -20'F with the wind chill our average high right now would be 38'F, it has been one of those winters, I wish would just end... So here is the next installment of our vacation back in August. The pictured rocks is a hidden piece of heaven in the northern part of Michigan's upper … [Read more...]

Over 100″ of Snow ~ Polar Vortex 2014

We had some really crazy weather this winter and are making new records regularly for our area. In December we ended up getting quite a bit of snow and 2 different ice storms which caused a lot of problems. Some people in the area without power for over a week due to the ice storms and if that wasn't bad enough it was the week of Christmas so yes some towns had no power on Christmas Day... We lost power for both of the storms, the first one was just over 24 hours without power and the … [Read more...]