Monday, August 18, 2008

The Lake House

Earlier this month I was blabbering about how I enjoyed the water, how I loved to be in the sun and on the beach. Well, this post is not too different, except this last week I was able to enjoy the water, sun and fun up at Hubbard Lake with Sara Rzepka at her family’s Lake House.

The drive to the lake house was very nice; the sun was out, it was Saturday so I could talk on my phone for free – until I lost signal of course, and the hardest part of the drive was deciding what animal to listen to on the radio. If you have frequented the upper half of the Lower Peninsula you know what I am talking about. Every stinking radio station up there is named after an animal – the moose, the eagle, the fox, the bear. If anyone understands why they feel the need to do this, please let me know. So, with that being the hardest part of the drive I was able to make it to my destination in about 4 hours and arrived to Sara, Brent and Anna soaking up the sun in the MegaStation. It was quite a start to the weekend.

The fun continued as we watched TONS of Olympic Events over the week, including our favorite Handball, which we plan to have our own Hubbard Lake Handball team in the future. We also had quite a match of ladder golf, cranium and charades – you could say it was our own version of the Olympics, but don’t expect to see us on TV anytime soon.

Our first field trip of the week involved us driving to the town of Glinny to tube down the Au Sable River. That was a great time for all, except for Ammie who would have rather been in a tube with a bottom on it. The river expedition took about 4 hours and was completely relaxing and tons of fun. It did take us sometime to get used to the COLD water, but we were happy to have the chill later on when the sun got hot. We avoided all major obstacles including trying to get all of our tubes connected and more importantly connected to the tube with the food and drink, the random logs and rocks in the middle of our path and we only bottomed out one time. When we returned from our outing we had a great taco dinner and Brent and I (maybe more Eagle Scout Brent than me) made an awesome camp fire to make ‘smores and solve the problems of life by.

The remainder of the week was spent on the boat and laying out in the sun reading and relaxing… ahhh the life of a lady of leisure. I LOVE IT. We also took our second field trip of the week into the bustling town of Alpena to have dinner and celebrate Tara’s birthday. The week was wonderful and I am already looking forward to next summer.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Oh Baby...

Announcing Blake Steven Tomasoski

The time has finally come! It seems like we have waited much longer than 9 months, but as of Sunday, August 10th, 2008 Luke and Katie Tomasoski became parents. Blake was born on Sunday morning (8/10/08) at 5:50 a.m. He was 7 lbs 3 oz and 18 3/4 in long! He was born with a head full of dark hair. His weight had dropped to 6 lbs 10 oz when they left the hospital on Tuesday, but as of Thursday he was back up to 7 lbs 2 oz. Congratulations Tomasoski family!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Busy Summer Days!

This past week was full of lots of activities. On Tuesday we celebrated National Night Out with a street party. It was a great opportunity to meet the people on our street and there was lots of good food to sample. I did make a note not to make cheesy potatoes for next year, as mine were one of six different types. The highlight of the party was the fire truck that parked at the end of the street and sprayed a hose for all the kids and pets to run through. Erin and I opted for a second helping of dessert.

I have also been on campus quite a bit starting to get ready for classes. Hard to believe they will be starting in only 3 short weeks! But I don't mind getting ready in the office, if nothing more it gives me a chance to sit in the air conditioning for several hours.

Things around the house are coming together and Erin and I have been painting window trim and touching up the walls. I have also started to paint the foundation with a coordinating color; that is going to be a big task, but well worth it. The siding and window project is almost complete and I will be posting pictures soon. But right now I am off to pack .. this next week I will be resting and relaxing in the sun up in Alpena with Sara Rzepka.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Water Wonderland!

One thing I have started to enjoy about living on the West side of the State, are the endless opportunities to spend time on the water or at the beach. On Friday afternoon and evening I went with Marcie Ray or (Mar Sea Ray as she is known when driving her boat) and some friends down to a lake outside of Lawton, Michigan to spend time boating. When we first got down there, we almost didn’t get to enjoy the night as the battery in the boat had gotten run down. But with the help of a neighbor, we were able to get the battery charged up and the boat started. Once we had toured around the lake a few times we felt assured that we would be able to turn the boat off, anchor near a sandbar and not get stranded out there. So while floating on the lake we enjoyed beautiful weather, some great tanning opportunities, snacks and delicious Chocolate Crunch Cake.

Saturday presented another opportunity to get out and enjoy the lake as it was Coast Guard festival in Grand Haven. Usually that means that “locals” all stay away from Grand Haven, but this year I braved all the “tourists.” I supposed I should clarify that I was really not that brave, because I never actually drove downtown, that would just be crazy. I did meet up with my friend Amanda whose grandparents' have a home on the beach. It was wonderful…the sun was shining, there were no kids throwing balls over our heads; there was a strong breeze so you never got hot, and the best part was that you didn’t have to try and find a public parking spot. After we spent some time at the beach we had a delicious cook-out and thanks to some prior planning and spot saving by Amanda’s parents we had a great view of the fireworks later that night. If I ever want to enjoy the Coast Guard Festival again, Amanda is the gal to call.