Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cedar Point with Donald, Austin, and Ethan - 08/01/2016

Our Michigan family visit is nearing its end, but there's one more special outing planned. On the very last full day of the trip, I'm going to Cedar Point!
Cedar Point is America's 2nd oldest operating theme park, opening in 1870! The park features a world record 71 rides, including 16 roller coasters! That 16 roller coasters is the reason I'm here today! And that's second in the world only to Magic Mountain with 19 roller coasters! I don't get enough roller coasters back home, so I was very excited for this trip.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Underwood Family Pumpkin Farm, Happy Birthday Alli!

Happy Birthday Alli! A year ago today, your mom and I were at the hospital waiting for you to arrive! Today we're headed to Underwood Family Farms about an hour north of here for a Fall Festival! We certainly love our pumpkins!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Oden Fish Hatchery, Michigan Lake House, Tony's Restaurant - 7/30/2016

A little late getting this one posted, but better late than never.
After enjoying my birthday on Mackinac Island, the next day was Saturday. Very close to the lake house is the Oden State Fish Hatchery. This hatchery supplies hundreds of thousands of brown trout and rainbow trout to Michigan lakes. Every Tuesday and Saturday, they offer free youth fishing from 9am-10:30am. They even provide the bait and fishing poles! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Whole New World of Alan Menken - Sept 30th

All the way back in 2013, Theresa and I camped out at the D23 Expo just to hear Alan Menken and Richard Sherman perform a concert together. The concert was so incredibly amazing and ever since then, I've been checking periodically to see if there were any more performances by Alan Menken.
For years, there was nothing. Then in March of 2016, a friend from the Disney forums on micechat.com let me know that Alan Menken would be performing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Southern California in September! Awesome!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Six Flags Magic Mountain with Jacob

"Six Flags?" you say. "Not Disneyland?"
Yes, it's true. Over the Labor Day weekend, there was a sale that was just too good to pass up. A Gold Level Season Pass, good through the end of 2017, plus free parking, for only $74.99. Amazing, right?
Now, I will be one of the first to admit that while Disneyland is an amazing theme park, the "thrill" factor of many of the rides is low. It's always better to enjoy a day at a park with a friend who will ride all the same things you do. Obviously that means Theresa wasn't going to be joining me. Luckily for me, Jacob also loves thrill rides, doesn't get motion sick, and will ride anything! He bought a Season Pass the same day I did and we started making our plans!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Club 33 dinner with friends

It's a Tuesday night. What are we doing all dressed up and what are we doing at Disneyland without kids?
There's only a few restaurants here at Disneyland that you might get dressed up for. Tonight we're dining at "that" one. The one that is on many Disney Fan's bucket list. The one and only Club 33!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Ian and Joe's Disneyland Day

Happy Sunday! It's the day that the Flowers family usually goes to Disneyland. We'd been talking about it for a couple days ahead of time, but when Sunday morning rolled around, Alli woke up with a fever. Poor Alli.
I was really looking forward to going too because one of my favorite artists Allison Lefcort was supposed to be there at an expo. Ian was also asking "Are we going to Disneyland?" as we're eating breakfast.
Theresa, is it okay if I take Ian to the parks today, just Daddy and Ian? Yes? Alright! Let's go buddy! We're going to have a lot of fun! For the 40 minute drive from home, I turned off the radio and the two of us just sang Disney songs the whole drive there.
The two of us hopped on a not too crowded tram and were on our way!