Monday, August 25, 2014

Experiencing McGulpin Point Lighthouse in Mackinac City

Mackinac City and Mackinac Island is probably two of my favorite places to visit in Michigan.  My husband and I honeymooned on the island at the Grand Hotel and Mission Pointe Resort and some hotels in the city.  I remember growing up and coming to both places often and now I'm enjoying sharing the experiences with our girls.

There is so much history which is perfect for homeschoolers like us, haha!  A few years ago, I remember driving around in Mackinac City towards the more rural parts of town and we found a cool old lighthouse set back from the water, which was odd.  Unfortunately, it was all fenced in and not open to the public so we couldn't really see much which was a bummer.  We love searching for lighthouses.


This past week we took the girls for a little drive back behind Mackinac City and to our surprise it said that the McGulpin Point Lighthouse was open to the public and for free!  We were so excited.  We got to tour inside the lighthouse and also go up in the tower.  So exciting!  Climbing up those spiral steps into the tower was a little scary at first but so worth the climb as you can see in the pics below. 

They are having a few fun fall events this October that we are definitely heading back for during our fall homeschool trip.  Can't wait!


Me taking a pic outside of the tower looking in!

Daddy showing Bethany how to use the Binoculars inside the Lighthouse tower!

The McGulpin Point Lighthouse from the tower casting a perfect shadow!

Just mommy and daddy being silly, hehe!

A shot of the trail from the lighthouse tower.  Never got a shot of the bridge on this angle!
Heading back down from the lighthouse tower!

After touring the lighthouse we took a walk back on their little trail down to the water.  (Lake Michigan side.) So beautiful seeing everything from that angle.  It was also a beautiful day.  Can't beat that!

Now taking a walk on that trail down to the water.  Just a little blurry, oops!
Lake Michigan.  I just love how crisp and clear!

Ugh, mom! It's too sunny! Oh well, it was a fun day anyways!
We can't wait to return in the fall and also visit Discovery Park down the road which teaches about the solar system along a trail in the great outdoors.  We are hoping to add this to our homeschool trip in October.  The plus side of all of this is a lot of it is free.  As homeschoolers, that's music to our ears!

If you want to learn more about the history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse, click here!

Friday, July 25, 2014

From Fireworks to Waterparks


Wow, it's been a while since I last posted.  It's been a very productive summer.  We enjoyed a neighborhood fireworks show the end of June.  We then attended a 4th of July parade up north on our vacation followed by pine tree planting and fun at Mackinac City's indoor waterparks.  We stayed a fun 3 nights there and went hiking on Mackinac Island.  Here are fun pictures below!

Livonia Spree!  We go with my dad every year! Always a blast.  Love our traditions!


Tailgating for the Lewiston 4th of July Parade!

Getting ready to plant 4 pine trees on property up north!




Waterpark time! Emerald Cove-Mackinac City

Hubby/Daddy getting dumped on at Pirate's Adventure-Mackinac City


At the top of 40 Mile Point Lighthouse!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Our 5 Year old Surprise!


5 years ago on May 13, 2009, the Lord blessed our family with a wonderful surprise.  We had a third baby girl enter into our family.  She was most definitely not planned which changed our life goals and plans, but guess what?  We wouldn't trade it for anything.

Bethany Lynn Clair was born via C-Section at 9 pounds 5 oz.  She was a big bundle of love.  What a content baby she was.  Never cried. I had to wake her to feed her, even in the hospital.  She was content with everything and always smiling.

Then the toddler years came. Whoooo!  I should have seen this coming with a content baby.  Sweet Bethany was into EVERYTHING and still is. Ha!  Definite hand full, but hey, she was trying to keep up with her sisters.

Bethany will be graduating preschool on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, and I just can't believe it.  It is so bittersweet right now for this momma.

Since we were up north on our vacation, we celebrated with her by taking her shopping, out to ice cream, and yummy cupcakes.  She was one happy little girl.

Happy 5th birthday Bethany Lynn! Kelly, Lyssa, mommy, and daddy, love you so much and are so thrilled and blessed to have you as a part of the family.  Life is never boring and is a definite adventure with you in the picture.  We love you!

Homeschool 2013-3014 Celebration

The past few weeks have been super crazy causing me to fall behind in posts, especially pictures that I wanted to include. 

We have officially wrapped up our homeschool year of 2013-2014.  I can't believe it!  We have officially been homeschooling for 3 full years.  Heading into our 4th.  Where does the time go?  I officially have a Kindergartner, 3rd grader, and 6th grader! Ahhhh.  It's time to celebrate!

Bethany bean celebrated her 5th birthday!  We did so up north on our family vacation. 

Bethany bean also graduated from preschool.  Talk about emotional momma that day.  I realized it's because she's my baby.  I literally had to go hide in the bathroom for a brief moment and cry in one of the stalls. LOL! Pathetic or what?  No, I am blessed and so proud.  She's ready for homeschool Kindergarten and co-ops, yay!
 



Her teachers' Mrs. Paluk and Mrs. Richters at Ward Preschool in Northville, were amazing.  We will miss them!  We are also thankful for Ward Church for allowing homeschooling families to stay on the premises to homeschool our other children while the preschoolers were in class.  No time wasted and a wonderful environment!

We are now in full swing with our summer enrichment schedule.  Just math, reading, writing, lapbooks, etc. 3 days a week for a couple hours a day including the library once a week.  Have to keep those skills sharp.

It's been a wonderful and blessed year and we are looking forward to the 2014-2015 homeschool year with new experiences, challenges, etc.  I will be teaching an early childhood class and junior high/high school choir class at our homeschool program this fall.  Very exciting. 

Now onto our summer homeschool celebration! Yay!

Friday, May 2, 2014

It Seems Like Yesterday......

Photo Credit: Ron Clair
It seems like yesterday that I found out I was pregnant with you.  Mommy and daddy were so excited to spread the news to friends and family.

It seems like yesterday when we found out you were a little girl through my 16 week ultrasound.

It seems like yesterday when you were breech and they scheduled a C-Section for April 15th, 2003.

It seems like yesterday that you flipped into proper position completely canceling the C-Section because you were going to be born naturally.

It seems like yesterday that I was doing everything I could to cause labor...running up and down stairs,etc.

It seems like yesterday I hit 41 weeks and you still didn't want to come out.

It seems like yesterday I went in for a non-stress test and to be scheduled for induction.

It seems like yesterday they realized my contractions were 3 minutes a part, but I was smiling without any pain just yet.

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 It seems like yesterday they told me I was staying officially in the hospital and wouldn't need to be induced as natural labor put it to shame.

It seems like yesterday I breathed and labored through the night (6 hours of hardcore labor).

It seems like yesterday you were finally born at 10:04 am on May 2nd, 2003, and your cries were absolutely breathtaking.

It seems like yesterday I held you in my arms and nursed you for the very first time.

It seems like yesterday I brought you home from the hospital and introduced you to our two family dogs at the time Baily and Nakita. (R.I.P)

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It seems like yesterday you learned to walk inside the Pack 'n Play for the very first time and mommy screamed with excitement and called everyone in the family.

It seems like yesterday you were talking up a storm and carrying on little conversations.

It seems like yesterday you started preschool and had the sweetest little precious moments face and mousy little voice.

It seems like yesterday you started elementary school and we got to see you blossom in so many different areas.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Clair
Presently, we are seeing a young tween blossom into a beautiful young lady that shines with the love of Jesus.  It's hard to believe you will be in the 6th grade.  Mommy and daddy are so proud of you.  We love you.

Happy 11th Birthday sweet Kelly!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Living it up with Legos

 

The girls and I got to experience LEGO® KidsFest this past weekend.  It was a blast.  It was better than I thought it would be, quite honestly.

I was never a really big fan of Legos growing up so I wasn't sure what this was going to be like.  Since all three girls love Legos, I figured they would at least really enjoy it.

Score!  There was so much to do and see within 4 hours and a half hours.  From Lego building and creation stations, to challenges, car ramps, reading spot, etc., kids were able to engage in so much without feeling overwhelmed.

In the beginning, Lyssa didn't sound too thrilled to go.  She said "I like Legos, but not enough to go to a place with a ton of Legos. It sounds like it is for boys."  Yeah, it took some convincing, but when it was over, she was beyond thrilled and hugged me tight. "Thank you so much mommy for taking me. I LOVED it!"

I think we will most definitely be making a trip back there next year.  I love when kids' minds are challenged with creativity.  We definitely made some awesome memories this past weekend.

Check out my recent review over at my blog Michigan Mom Living!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Petri Dish of...Germs!

I am loving the Homeschool Connections classes the girls are taking.  It's so great to see them blossom in other areas outside of the home with other kids and teachers....and guess what?  Not in private or public school.  So blessed to homeschool and will hang onto it as long as I can.......

Anyways, just recently, Lyssa's "Science Experiments" Class at Homeschool Connections in Farmington Hills, was given an interesting experiment with petri dishes.  They were to walk around the building with a Q-Tip and gloves and swab wherever they thought germs were hiding.  So, Lyssa decided on the drinking fountain.....Ha! Yes, just wait....and the garbage can.  Smart girl to guess that's where germs hide.

Germs after a week in dark cold place.

The next part of the petri dish experiment was to have the dish sealed up tightly and store in a cold and dark place for one week.  Obviously, in these conditions germs thrive.  Lyssa decided to keep hers in her backpack for one full week.  Let me tell you, she was aching to pull that petri dish out every single day to see if any {GERMS} formed.

When the week was over with, she pulled it out and to our suprise....Nasty icky GERMS! Haha, not suprised, but I have to say, I definitely hate drinking fountains now.  I hardly use them and won't let my girls use them much.  Well, yeah....ummm they will never use one again based on the evidence I saw in the petri dish, of course combine with the garbage can germs, but you know.....

A few days later...They multiplied? EWWW!
I'm just glad those germs are sealed tightly in the petri dish. Bleh!  It sits here by me as I type this and I think it has eyes. It's just staring at me....EWWW!  I asked Lyssa what her teacher wants to do with it and I guess they can do whatever they wish.  So, yep! I'm tossing it in the garbage.... Goodbye Germs!!!!

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