Blog Archives for category Weather

It’s already chilly enough in the mornings for long pants and a hoodie!


Gurnee gets the win for weather.

At least for the time being. Let’s not talk about winter.   

Who knew rain could be so fun?

It started raining harder and I wanted the kids out of the house for a bit, so I suggested they go play in the rain. Katie immediately thought that sounded good but Owen wasn’t convinced. And then I said they could put their suits on…and he got interested. They had a blast.

So much for the garage being fixed. 

The landlord “fixed” the garage ceiling last year so we didn’t think we’d need to cover stuff stored in the garage. 😡


Playing and helping in the rain.

It was lightly raining and Katie asked if she could put on her rain boots and rain coat and go out and play. Sure thing.

My little LipSense helper (she LOVES running packages out to the mailbox).

Unfortunately she can’t always get the box open so big brother helps, too.

This is how she dressed to go out for dinner. 

I missed taking a photo of her clothes—she put a ballerina tutu and leg warmers on over her clothes. And she’s into mismatched socks now. 


A boy and his umbrella. 

I usually take Owen down to the bus stop when it’s raining so he doesn’t have to deal with an umbrella on the bus and at school. But today he wanted to go himself so I let him. 


Enjoying some sun on the front steps.


And then after the sun wiped her out:


Enjoying the sunshine at the playground

I may have catnapped for a few minutes while Katie played. 


What a perfect night…

The weather was so awesome that we ate dinner outside and then just hung out. Tom rarely posts on Facebook so you know something was seriously good if he does…

Had a great Spring day. Took the kids out Pokémon hunting in the morning. Wood working followed by little league practice (pitching to an awesome group of kids), grilling flank steak and drinking really good beer on the deck and watching my wonderful kids play together and read bed time stories.

Truly I do not know if life can get any better. Life is great!

Owen was reading to us (getting his daily reading homework done!) and then it got dark so he was reading by iPhone light. The two books he picked to read to Katie were Hooray for Diffendoofer Day (Seuss) and The History of the American Flag. :)

Goofing around together:


Unexpected 2-hour delay!

There was no snow and we didn’t think there was any ice…but for whatever reason, the kids had another 2-hour delay today. So I just decided to take a sibling pic for the heck of it.

How appropriate that I’m the Boston Terrier.

And now a 2-hour delay!

It was still a little icy so we had a 2-hour delay. I love that they sit together!


Warm weather = summer dress

This was her third outfit of the day but the most appropriate for school (I stepped in to facilitate). :)


Bundled up for school


Rainy Monday at the bus stop


Taking turns. 

I’m not the only one enjoying the open doors and fresh air!


It’s days like this I’m thankful for the pool.

We go to the pool after picking Katie up at 1 and come home around 4 or 5. 

Waiting out the pool break.

And then daddy surprised us!



Our 15th anniversary night on Mackinac Island

We decided to celebrate our 15th anniversary just a bit early (since we had available babysitters!) and spend the night on Mackinac Island. (It’s actually a bit longer story. I had wanted to go to the Headlands International Night Sky Park in Mackinac City so Tom was in charge of picking the hotel. He thought he was making a reservation for Mackinac City, but when we had to change nights, he realized he had made a reservation on the island—he had a few tabs open on his computer and called a different one than he was looking at! So our plans changed to go to the island instead!)

Unfortunately, we knew bad weather was on the way, so we chose not to do anything time-intensive like biking around the island…so when this happened…


…we stopped our shopping for a quick lunch at Seabiscuit Cafe. We had yummy whitefish chowder and a mediocre whitefish reuben.

The weather app we were checking seemed to predict that it would only last an hour or so, but the rain just kept coming. We decided to take the shuttle back to the hotel and wait out the rain in our room.

Our room was GORGEOUS with an AMAZING view…or a potentially amazing view if it hadn’t been raining and foggy.

The Cudahy room at the Inn at Stonecliffe --- click for a larger version.

The Cudahy room at the Inn at Stonecliffe, Mackinac Island — click for a larger version.

This was our view before the fog rolled in and obscured the bridge:


It was quite chilly in our room and the heat was slow to come on, so we pulled the extra blanket out of the closet, rearranged the chairs, and crossed our fingers that the front passed soon.

We rechecked the forecast in a different app and that showed rain pretty much all day. :( So Tom took a nap and I sat and tried to catch up on writing blog posts…while listening to a wedding taking place below us on the covered back porch :) and watching it rain and rain and rain.

We had almost the same view at dinner:


And then we got to watch the wedding guests wander around during the reception:


Our meal was very, very good. We knew we’d blow NS principles out of the water, but we didn’t care because it was our anniversary and everything sounded amazing. And everything WAS. We were very happy with our dinner. :)

  • Appetizer: Cheddar-Crab Fondue | Thyme-Lemon Gremolata | Toasted Brioche
  • Soup: Lobster Bisque | Lemon Tarragon Oil (which surprisingly Tom loved—he’s not a big lobster fan)
  • Entrée (me): Sea Scallop | Cheddar Polenta | Bacon-Fava Succotash | Ver Jus | Citrus Micro
  • Entrée (Tom): Battered Whitefish BLT | Smokey Caper Aïoli | Peppered Bacon | Tomato | Frisée | Toasted Brioche
  • Dessert (Tom): Chai Crème Brûlée

It had stopped raining during dinner so we went for a walk around the grounds and out to Sunset Rock.



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And the panoramic view (click for larger version):


And do you see what we saw in the water? :)


It really was a pretty place.


After our walk we headed back to the room where we listened to the reception rave on while we watched Breaking Bad on Netflix. :) Then it started raining again but thankfully didn’t storm since it was bedtime (though I wouldn’t have minded watching a storm from our room).

While overall it stunk that the weather was so crappy, we still enjoyed being together—alone!—all day! That’s always worth something. :)

The best-laid plans…

The plan was to hit the beach at Petoskey State Park for play, rock hunting, and a picnic…but the weather had other ideas. We saw whitecaps as we approached…and it was a measly 72° (so with the wind it was probably about 60-65°) and the sand was painful as it whipped around.

So we were trying to decide what to do instead while sitting in the car. :)

We ended up heading inland to Burt Lake State Park (30 minutes away), assuming it wouldn’t be as windy. Ha! It was almost as bad! So we ate a fast picnic lunch (wrapped in towels because no one thought to bring jackets or sweatshirts for a day at the beach!), then got right back in the cars and headed home. We were all bummed.