Sunday, May 25, 2008

Moving Day for Emily

Yesterday was moving day for Emily. We had perfect weather for a move - sunshine and moderate temperatures. At the end of May the lease is up on Emily's apartment in Jackson. Emily will be spending the summer living in East Lansing in a house with two other young women. One is her high school friend, Mandy. I arrived in Jackson yesterday morning to help with last-minute packing. Then in the afternoon, Len and Rob came out in Rob's truck and Steve brought over a 23-foot trailer. The three guys loaded the trailer to head to East Lansing and Rob's truck to bring things to our house for storage.

Packing and loading complete, it was time to depart from Jackson.

Goodbye, Jackson apartment.

Hello, East Lansing home for the summer.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Little More From Graduation

Blogger was not cooperating with photos when I was trying to post earlier today so I finally just settled for the two it was accepting. Now, I return to bring you a couple more photos from yesterday's celebration. On the left is a photo of Emily with her boyfriend, Steve. The photo above to the right is Emily with her brother, Rob. Both of these were taken after graduation outside Emily's apartment building. For even more photos, check out the webshots album (link on the right). I hope to load more pictures to the webshots album after I get them from Emily.

Emily's Graduation

It is official. Emily is a college graduate. The above photo was taken yesterday outside her apartment after her graduation. What a wonderful day! We are so proud of all her hard work and accomplishments. Graduation was Saturday morning in the field house at Spring Arbor University.

On Friday evening, we attended at reception for the graduates, families, and faculty at Spring Arbor University. It was a lovely May evening for these outdoor festivities. Here is a photo of Emily and her very proud Grandpa after the Honor's presentation where Emily received her cords for Magna Cum Laude.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Moving on to Memphis

We are back from our trip, but I did not get back online to post about Memphis. On Friday, after touring the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY, we drove to Memphis. The driving was white knuckle at times for Len because of high winds and torrential rains, but he got us to Memphis safely. First stop, was Corky's for barbeque. Len has eaten there several times and raved about the barbeque (especially for him the ribs). He was not exagerating. The food was delicious! We picked an "interesting" weekend to be in Memphis as there was a huge music festival on the riverfront.
Saturday we were up bright and early to head down to Beale Street to walk before it was too crowded. We took a 3-hour bus tour of Memphis, which was very interesting. The most moving part of that tour was the stop where we got off the bus to see the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally shot. There is a wreath above the spot where he was standing when he was shot. On the bus tour, we also had a drive-by view of Graceland as well as seeing many beautiful old mansions that were once homes to many in the cotton trade. Another part of the bus tour, was a stop at the Peabody Hotel where we watched the ducks get off the elevator and walk to the fountain in the hotel lobby. Beale Street became increasingly "interesting" as the day wore on and more people were out and about. We had ribs at Charles Vergos' Rendevous Bar, another eatery that Len wanted me to experience. We spent a good part of the evening people watching as folks were milling about on Beale Street and also making their way to the waterfront for the evening concert and festivities.

On Sunday, we drove to Nashville, TN. We took a 1-hr trolley tour of the downtown area and then spent some time doing a walking tour. In Memphis we stayed at the Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast. Monday was spent driving back to Michigan and then Tuesday Len was back to work.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

On Our Bourbon & Barbeque Vacation

Bourbon and Barbeque is what DH has coined this particular vacation. Not being huge bourbon drinkers, that's probably not the best description for this trip. The scenery is gorgeous and we are definitely in the midst of thoroughbred racehorse country. There are beautiful and huge horse farms as we drive along the countryside. On the bourbon side of this, yesterday we toured the Woodford Reserve Distillery. It was an excellent and informative tour. We spent the night at a bed and breakfast in Harrodsburg, KY. This is the Aspen Hall Manor, which is where we stayed.

Today (Thursday, May 1st), after a delicious breakfast at Aspen Hall Manor, we headed to Pleasant Hill Shaker Village. We spent several hours touring the grounds and buildings of this Shaker community. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed the morning and part of the afternoon. Next, we headed to Penn's General Store, which sadly was not open. I was not able to purchase any souvenirs here, but did have my picture taken in front of the store. Honestly, this is a real store and is the oldest general store in the US that has been continuously operated by the same family. They have been in business since 1850. They even have a public restroom.

The day ended with a tour of Heaven Hill Distillery. We took pictures with the "barrel people" out in front of the Bourbon Heritage Center at Heaven Hill. Tonight we are at The Hill House Bed and Breakfast in Loretto, KY. Tomorrow morning we hope to tour the Maker's Mark distillery and then will be driving to Memphis, TN.