Sunday, April 26, 2009

Spring Time at Camp Osto

Two weekends ago we stopped by Camp Osto to check things out. Friday, Osto and I (and MarMar) headed up for the night to do some spring cleaning. The gorgeous 80degree weather had us cleaning inside and out. I calked the windows, wiped down the counters and surfaces, and vacuumed up dead bugs. Osto scrubbed the trailer and fixed a screen. We took Mar swimming and walked the property checking out wildlife and seeing what had changed over the winter. The spring peeper symphony was in full effect, ducks, geese, wild irises, turtles, tadpoles, herons, and more! We had a great campfire and saw a billion stars. Since it almost always thunderstorms when we are there, we packed everything up...good thing since 3am brought the lightning and thunder and rain! Headed home early excited about another summer at Camp Osto.

Crew Regatta

Last weekend, we had a visit from my uncle Don and cousin Curtis. They were in town for a crew regatta on the Grand River. Curtis crews for a team from Ann Arbor Huron and this was my first upclose experience with the sport. It was really interesting and a beautiful sunny April morning, perfect to cheer on the hundreds of kids participating in the races. Curt's team creamed the competition in their first heat, but didn't place in the finals. Overall, the Hurons finished a close 3rd.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

April Blahs...

My kiddo's are gone this week, so it is SO quiet around the house. I have so much time in the morning because I am not packing lunches and ensuring people have brushed their teeth and appropriately dressed for the weather and have finished their homework. (Not that I am missing all that).

In fact, I really don't miss them. Does that make me a bad mom? It has been fun spending time with Osto and doing things like going to Red Lobster. (Our baby girl has a seafood allergy, so that's normally a no-no). I just know that they are safe and having fun, so there is no need to miss them, really. It is good for all of us.

Osto is going to teach me how to shoot a pistol. I think this is something I need to know how to do so I can beat the cowboys on the quick draw down at the local saloon, if need be. =) Actually, I think I will be a pretty good shot. I have that sort of gene in my blood.

Our friend, Dirty Red, celebrated the big 5-0 last weekend. We went to a non-surprise surprise party at his house. I had a lot of fun with the T's...who always make me laugh hard enough to liz. Mr. T & Osto introduced Mrs. T and me as "our bitches." When we agreed we were "just bitches" this guy somehow translated into us being "dispatchers" which reduced me to tears. Several times. funny stuff.

Softball and baseball start this month which means I will be living at the ball diamonds so maybe you can visit me there if you miss me.

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

What vacation...remembering Uncle Jerry...

Spring break starts on Friday. It feels like our Florida vacation was so long ago already! Probably because we have been so busy and ill since we got back. Kids are finally done coughing.

We are shipping off the kids to the grandparents next week, which I guess will be like a mini vacation in a way. I'm hoping to hit the casino with my man or at least maybe dinner.


Sadly, my great uncle Jerry Daley passed away at the age of 87 last week. He was such a charasmatic, fun loving guy. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a joke to tell. I admired that even into his eighties he was lifting weights, swimming, hiking and living life to the fullest. He met my great aunt Betty when they were 15 and 16 and shared 66 wonderful years of marriage! He left a legacy of love, which I suppose in the end is the best thing you can leave. Rest in peace.