Saugutuck

Happy Memorial Day!

We had a very fun long weekend. It all started on Saturday. We woke up late and got moving slowly. Out of the blue, we decided to head to Saugatuck Dunes and town. We took off to the Saugatuck State Dunes Park first. There was rain in the afternoon forecast so we wanted to get the hiking out of the way. We arrived and took a 2.5 mile trail to the beach through the sand dunes. It was awesome. The kids walked the whole way. We arrived at the beach and the skies were clear blue. The sun was out and the temps were in the low 60s. It was beautiful!!! We played on the edge of the water and lived it up. We even enjoyed exploring nature on the way to the beach and back. There is a movie of our trip located here:
LINK TO MOVIE (12 MB — HUGE)

Once we finished at the beach and dunes, we were off to the town of Saugatuck. Saugatuck is a little coastal town that is known for it’s little crafty shops and arts. I love it because of the English Pub (Shepherd’s Pie). The kids loved it as well. We then walked around and stopped to buy some fudge. Another hit. All in all, it was one very terrific day.

Today, Paula spent much of the day working on painting the basement and shoveling and laying mulch outside. I took the kids to see the movie, “Madagascar.” The kids loved it. We then headed off to the ice-cream store and bought some goodies.

Needless-to-say, we will all get to sleep early tonight.

Play Ball!!!!

It’s started. Yep, t-ball is upon us. Ellie started t-ball yesterday and absolutely loved it. She is actually in a t-ball clinic that is being taught by our high school varsity baseball players. The clinic is 5 year olds (boy and girl). They split the kids up into groups of 6 and gave them each a couple of coaches to help them learn the basics. Ellie hit a homer when the fielder couldn’t catch her — the fielder was a high school player who just wasn’t fast enough to catch Ellie and could only get to within about 3 feet all around the bases. ;~)

Ellie is pretty good at hitting the ball. She also can move her glove when the ball is coming towards her so that she is getting the glove on the ball. That’s something that a lot of kids had problems with. The one thing she needs to work on is throwing the ball. We went outside this afternoon and worked on her throwing. Once she gets the form down, I think she’ll be a fine thrower.

Joshua is loving baseball right now. He thought it was fun to go and watch Ellie’s t-ball practice. After practice, we all headed to the sports shop and bought a ball and mitt for both kids. we also bought a bat and hard spongy ball. I mentioned how Ellie can hit the ball pretty well; she can, but Joshua absolutely walloped the ball tonight when I pitched it to him. Even Ellie yelled, “whoa Josh!”

The weather is getting really nice and we’re enjoying the outdoors. Fun times ahead.