Friday, July 30, 2010

Family Camp

We had our family camp at Shady Green Pastures. This was our first year to have one and it turned out really well.

Pastor Courtney Lewis from Chicago was our speaker! He was Mom and Dad's dorm son (of course, a dorm brother to us kids :)! It was nice to hear how the Lord is working in his church!

This is where we had each of our sessions. Very beautiful view!

The trio did pretty well for not having a piano

Mr. and Mrs. Spooner and Susan

During the day when we didn't have sessions the kids LOVED riding the paddle boats and canoes! No one fell in but there were a few blondes that tried paddling off when they were still tied to the dock :)

On Tuesday we had the Heritage Baptist Summer Olympics 2010! A Few of the pictures from the games...

At the end a few of us stayed and played games while the kids went swimming.

Ok I must say I beat pastor twice that night in Monopoly Deal! He is still "upset" about it :) If you don't know pastor, his motto for games is, "If we can't win we will cheat, cheat, cheat!" :) Of course he is joking but he is just like my dad in competitiveness!

Those few couple of days were very relaxing and spiritually nourishing! We thank God for the great time of fellowship and for speaking to our hearts! We look forward to next year!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Vacation 2010

The past few years we take a vacation up north to my aunt and uncle's cottage in Petoskey, MI. They have a cute little cottage on a lake with a pontoon boat, speed boat, and jet ski. It makes out to be a nice and relaxing week. This year it was just Mom and Susan. Dad is preaching in AZ in a few weeks and couldn't take off work any more and David was house sitting. It was a very nice Mother and Daughter bonding time :)

The cottage

The view from the cottage

The two boats...

and the jet ski

Monday was a relaxing day. On Tuesday we went to Charlevoix to see Aunt Cindy and Uncle Rick. Charlevoix is so beautiful! This is the bridge in the downtown that raises every half hour.

The view from the bridge looking out into Lake Michigan

Walking to the lighthouse

Wednesday afternoon we went to Big Bear Adventures to go on a tubing ride down the Sturgeon River. It was very relaxing and fun!

The place was right next to this state park and we had to take a picture for our Burtt friends :)

On Thursday we went to Harbor Springs and took a ride on this charter boat around the harbor and learned some very interesting things. We also ate lunch at the restaurant in the background. Very beautiful!!!

This boat is called the Go Fourth and is owned by one of the Fishers from Fisher Body in Detroit.

This boat was also docked on the tour and was being repainted and polished. This boat used to be chartered by Julie Andrews. That was neat!

On Harbor Point there are over 80 mansions. It is a very secluded place. Starting on July first automobiles are prohibited on the point. Each mansion have their own staff who buys the groceries, cleans, cooks, and whatever else they want them to do :)

They have a horse and buggy that come down the point every half hour to pick up anyone who needs to get to their cars at the gate. There are many famous millionaires that live here. Some include: The Bissell family (vacuums), The Fords (car), The Marshall Fields (store), The Wrigleys (gum), ect. A very fascinating place with beautiful homes!

Harbor Springs lighthouse

The view from where we ate lunch at the Staffords

While we were walking along the dock we saw this boat! :) Great name!! :)

Friday we packed up and came home after a relaxing week!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Susan's Birthday!

For Susan's birthday we took her to Grand Haven, Michigan. She wanted to see the musical fountain.

Walking around the lighthouse

It was such a beautiful day!

Brother and sister :)

The musical fountain. They use 90 tons of water for every show! It was very neat!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Happy Birthday, Susan!!!

Happy 20th Birthday, Susan!!!
July 18, 1990

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy Anniversary!!!

Mom and Dad have been happily married for 33 years!!

We are so thankful for the wonderful and Godly parents we have been given!
We Love You!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4th Celebrations!

We started our celebrations on Saturday. 
We went to the mall and watched fireworks with some of the people in our church.

Dad talking to his friends

Of course, they can't go anywhere without their football!

David teaching the boys how to run patters

Nice catch

The fireworks Saturday

On Sunday we had our normal services in the morning and then went to a church families house for our annual church picnic. Our pastor LOVES to do on the spot singing and preaching! :) 

If you can't tell...this is "on the spot singing" that pastor had the older guys do :) 

Mrs. Hammond so nicely posing :) They just joined our church a few weeks ago. Her husband is a State Policman!

Of course, can't do without the football:)


Some of the kids playing

Sunday night we went to watch fireworks again. These were so much better!

Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! We are so blessed for the country we live in!