I took photos on Friday and finally got around to uploading them! At the end you’ll also find a few bonus photos from the weekend.
After waking up I look out into the backyard to make sure there aren’t any critters inside the fence before letting the dogs out.
While according to the calendar it’s spring it hasn’t felt like it here in Michigan. One of the flood lights in the backyard is covered in frost.
But it’s sunny so that makes the cold temps not so bad.
As the sun came up along the Grand River you could also see fog. The river is high due to all of the snow finally melting away – before it got cold again! I decided to go out and take some morning photos.
The boat launch is completely under water. This area floods each spring so locals are used to it.
Earlier in the week we had some freezing rain. Since highs haven’t been above freezing the ice was still covering things. This is a fence in a farm field. It looks like I used a sepia setting but this is an unprocessed photo taken with no special settings.
This is one of many farms waking up to the rising sun.
And an icy fence along the side of the road.
This is what most of the country roads look like just outside of our city. Lots of nice scenery and you never know what kind of animal life (wild, farm, and hobby) you’ll see.
More flooding along the Grand River. This kind of reminds me of Dagobah.
After coming home and getting some stuff done I leave once again. This time to run some errands. Here I’m backing out of the garage.
Driving through downtown Lowell.
Once I’m out of town I take the back roads to my first destination. Not much traffic at this time in the morning.
My first stop was a consignment sale. I picked up a couple short sleeved maternity shirts for me and a couple of things for the baby. I arrived about 20 minutes after the sale started and it was already pretty crowded. Things were organized well though so it didn’t take too long for me to shop and check out.
I also stopped at Buy Buy Baby to pick up a stuffed sheep that makes various water noises. I had a coupon and we saw this before and liked it. I didn’t park in a spot for expectant mothers and parents with newborns though. I don’t mind walking.
In fact when I was in the store I asked someone a question and got an answer. I wandered around a little more and the sales person came to find me with some more information. She commented on how she turned around and I was gone, implying that I walk fast. This is nice to hear since I’m always lagging behind when walking with Andrew.
My last stop was Target where I ended up getting Andrew’s birthday gifts. And I ended up giving them to him yesterday – a week early!
Although I was finished with my errands I decided to stop at a small park along the Thornapple River to walk around.
Cool bark on a tree.
Lots of water flowing through the dam.
This tree is sporting some icy roots.
I stopped at another park on the way home but couldn’t get around as much of it was flooded. This looks like it’s part of a river but it’s usually a grassy field as far as you can see!
The price of gas continues to climb…
Up the hill and to our house.
Back home…at the end of the driveway.
For lunch I make waldorf salad.
While outside with the dogs once again I notice that the crocus are starting to come out. Yay for the first spring flowers.
And it’s back to getting stuff done around the house. Another load of baby clothes. Doing laudry doesn’t seem quite so bad when I can choose from different scents to use!
While waiting for the laundry to finish I play fetch with the dogs. Well, mainly Beacon.
Haven’s in more of a “helping” mood rather than fetching on her own. She likes to mess with Beacon as he fetches.
Haven also likes to “steal”. I hold Beacon and throw the ball for Haven. She goes and gets it. Then she runs away waiting for Beacon to chase her. But once he gets too close she drops the ball for him.
Eventually Beacon gets tired and takes a break.
Haven and I go back inside. But Beacon likes to stay and continue to cool off and look around. We call this his “man time”.
Andrew helped set up a booth for the Lowell Expo, which was the next day. He got home late and brought Arby’s with him. The spoiled dogs got their own junior roast beef to split! Here they are in the “night night” position while the “balance” command is used so they’ll keep the meat on their snouts.
That ends my Friday in photos. But I have some extras from the weekend!
At the Lowell Expo there was a trailer that focused on safety information around electrical wires. Here a hotdog is being used to represent a finger and what could happen if you touch a live wire. Andrew took this photo as well as a video.
There was also a bear at the expo. I’m still not sure why though! And it was hard getting a photo because she kept wandering around.
A rare photo of me! Andrew took this before we headed out for dinner with some friends. I’m definitely looking more round. And I figured that since I’m going to post a photo of Andrew below it’s only fair that I post one of me.
On Sunday we worked a bit more in the nursery. I removed the crappy closet organizer and Andrew removed trim in the closet. Then he went into the attic to fix a hole where critters have been getting in. He had to crawl the length of the house to get to the hole too!
Haven whined because she was confused about where he went. Here she’s looking up at the hole where he disappeared.
Yesterday I ended up giving Andrew his birthday stuff – a week early. If you’re a friend on Facebook you’ve already seen this photo. I sent him on a scavenger hunt. Along the way he found things that will prepare him for changing diapers because he has told me that he “doesn’t want to touch poop”.
We of course had to try the goggles and face mask on the dogs. This is Beacon.
And Haven. Neither of them are thrilled with the experience but they’re both good sports. See, we make them earn their Arby’s roast beef.