The weekend before last we spent a few hours at the Fall Harvest Festival at the Chippewa Nature Center. Some of the more memorable observations were of the guy scraping and preparing the skin of a bear that had been killed in the UP a few days before, Prairie Pete and Miss Sarah portraying early Michigan settlers, and the folks plowing the field with plows pulled by oxen. We learned that the difference between cows and oxen is that oxen have been trained to pull the plow.
Here are a couple photos of the boys helping to back apple butter.
Yesterday we were sitting at a stoplight at the end of a highway exit ramp where a guy was holding a sign saying he was stranded and needed some money. My first urge was to look away from him. Lisa, who was driving, asked if I wanted to give him something. I said sure. I pulled out a $5 bill and Lisa handed it to him. Usually, I don't just hand out money but instead try to buy a person some food or whatever, but this occasion handing the money seemed to be the best option. As we sat longer at the stoplight, I noticed that Elliot was watching the man. We went on to Burger King. While in the restaurant, Elliot said something like "When we pass that man again, I want to give him $10." (Elliot had brought his wallet with him including the ~$100 of several years of birthday money that he has been saving and wants to spend on a Gameboy). Both Lisa and Elliot teared up at the time (and I am doing so right now). I'm really glad that we chose to give to that man and that Elliot got to see us do it.
There's something not quite in these three photos...plus some backyard wildlife in the fourth.
Elliot learned to ride his bike yesterday. Tonight we celebrated this milestone and the last baseball game of the season with a trip to the ice cream parlor.
Here's a video of him riding. Yes, it's June but still jacket weather in MI:
Here are some photos of Elliot from a few weeks back:
Finn's second soccer game was on Saturday. Elliot and I missed it because we were at the little league opening ceremony at the Dow Diamond. It's too bad we missed it, because he scored 3 goals and had two assists. He would have had a fourth goal, but a teammate stole the ball from him. His first game didn't give us a hint that he'd be such a goal-scorer. Apparently, once he got a taste for goal-scoring he didn't look back. Later in the afternoon, Elliot had his first baseball game of the season.
Here are some photos and videos. In the baseball videos, I'm the frumpy guy coaching first.
Sunday afternoon Elliot went with a friend to a Great Lakes Loons baseball game. He had a hot dog, popcorn, and a lemonade. They also played some hitting game, ran the bases after the game, etc. Here is a photo: