Wednesday, May 28, 2008

#4 : the henry ford

visiting the henry ford was really fun! so much to do... so little time!

we actually went 2 days and still was not able to see everything!

so the henry ford property has tons of stuff to do... the factory's where the vehicles are made (of course...), museum, imax theater, and greenfield village.

the first day we went to tour the ford rouge factory. we were able to tour the building where they make the ford F 150. unfortunately they weren't in production due to lower sales, but it was still pretty cool!

there was 5 parts to the tour:

the assembly plant walking tour: this was neat... lots of little videos around the walkway to explain what parts were being put on at each station. too bad we weren't able to see it in action!

historic footage and movie: this was a little film that had lots of detroit and ford history. very informative!

multi-sensory theater experience: very cool! there were huge screens all the way around the room and all of the seats covered the entire room. the seats also swiveled all the way around so you could look at any screen you wanted. they showed the entire process in making a car/truck. very cool effects!

worlds largest living roof: the roof of the truck plant has been turned into a 10.4-acre garden! it allows cleaner storm water, cooler surroundings, creates a habitat for birds, butterflies and insects and has a longer roof life.

legacy gallery: five historic vehicles made at the rouge including the 20,000,000th ford.

all in all, i really enjoyed this! it was very informative and fun!

that afternoon we went to the imax theater and saw speedracer. it was very cool to watch in the imax theater! the movie itself was just ok for me... good story... crazy effects... great theater though!

the next day we went to greenfield village! that was very neat! we were only able to do half of it! read more about what greenfield village is and how it came to be...

"Greenfield Village was founded on October 21, 1929 as an educational and historic landmark, maintaining the buildings and stories of America’s past for future generations. Entering Greenfield Village is like stepping into an 80-acre time machine. It takes you back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past. There are 83 authentic, historic structures, from Noah Webster’s home, where he wrote the first American dictionary, to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. The buildings and the things to see are only the beginning.

There’s the fun stuff, too. In Greenfield Village, you can ride in a genuine Model T or “pull” glass with world-class artisans; you can watch 1867 baseball or ride a train with a 19th-century steam engine. It’s a place where you can choose your lunch from an 1850s menu or spend a quiet moment pondering the home and workshop where the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Greenfield Village is a celebration of people — people whose unbridled optimism came to define modern-day America."

we ate lunch at the eagle tavern. it was originally built in 1831 as a stagecoach stop for weary travelers. everything is authentic to the time period, including the food. nothing on the menu is made with things that weren't around in that time frame. interesting...

i really enjoyed learning about thomas edison, and the wright brothers plane adventures, but i have to say that my favorite part of the day was riding in the model t with my dad! it was so fun! our cute little driver was so nice and you could tell he sure loved his job!

i know this is a long post, but it is only part of the adventures that my dad and i had at ford! it was an amazing couple of days! if you are ever in the area, i suggest you go to the henry ford! you won't regret it!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

#3 : hell

so, my dad and i are huge fans of survivor...

and one of the cast members (erik) is from... HELL! (michigan that is!)

erik works at an ice cream shop in hell, michigan. my dad lives only about 30 minutes from HELL, so off we went! we even had ice cream at "Screams", the shop where erik works! let me tell you... it is really good to know that there is ice cream in hell... i would have missed it! lol!

erik is known for being the dumbest survivor ever... however, i think he was great. he is a very trusting guy that got suckered by the girls!

here is his bio from the show...

"Erik Reichenbach, a true SURVIVOR junkie, was too young to be in the first 14 seasons of Survivor. Reichenbach religiously studied the game from the comfort of his home, until he was of age to audition. Determined to play the game, Erik practiced his survival skills last summer off a small island in Florida. Reichenbach was born and raised in Pinckney, Michigan.

He is currently in his senior year of studying art at Eastern Michigan University, and is a member of the college's track team. Reichenbach works at an ice cream parlor called "Screams" in Hell, Michigan, where he also designs t-shirts, hauls canoes and entertains his customers. He previously worked in landscaping, construction and as a freelance graphic designer. His hobbies include drawing, writing comic books, rock-climbing and studying philosophy/religion. He describes himself as animated, earnest and familiar. He is very proud of his running accomplishments during his senior year of high school, where he set the school's 400 yard record (49.3 seconds), and being able to run in the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Carolina. Reichenbach is a member of the Eastern Michigan Cross Country and Track team, Pinckney Pirate Track and Field Alumni and a rock climbing club.

Reichenbach believes he'll go far on SURVIVOR because he is a good listener, entertaining, optimistic, athletic, a creative thinker and can easily be a leader or a follower. Reichenbach is currently single and lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with his cats, Furrball and Kittyfizzle (K-Fizz for short). His birth date is November 27, 1985. "

we started chatting with a couple of ladies that were working in the country store and then at screams! they were so nice and very proud of erik!

screams is also a halloween store! i love halloween! it was so fun! lots of little things for the holiday... most of them were for the scary halloween and i do much more of the cute and fun halloween... but it was still amazing!

i have to say... my overall experience to hell was great! i would love to go back! lol!

Monday, May 26, 2008

#2 : the Show

i love going to the shows! this one was in novi, michigan!

it was great to work with my good friends, kris and dick! i did the make and take at this show... the first and only one this year. it was fun! it was a 3 day show- that part is a little harder- but it seemed to go by fast!

we were able to go to dinner with our good friends from paperloft! marsha, sandi and ila! they are so much fun and we love spending time with them!
i was also able to visit with a friend of mine who used to live here in logan! last year she and her little family moved to michigan to continue their schooling. julie! it was so great to see you for a minute too!
it was great to see so many friends! too bad we all had to work! lol!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

#1 : the Host

the day before i flew out to michigan for my trip i began to panic because i didn't have any books to read! i knew that i would be gone for over a week and i needed at least 3 books...

the host by stephanie meyer just came out that day and i love her as an author (she wrote the twilight series), so i went and bought this book! as i am waiting in line kevin asked me what the book was about and i told him that i had no idea! we chuckled about it and i read the inside cover.

as i read it i hoped that i would like it. it didn't really sound like something i would normally read! lol! too late now... i was buying it!

i started it on the plane the next day and it was a little confusing the first few chapters, but then all of a sudden it clicked! i got it! after that i couldn't put the book down! i read it all day! (good thing i had about 6 hours on a plane! lol!)

anyway... i really enjoyed it! and highly recommend it!

Friday, May 23, 2008

let the adventure begin...

ok... so i decided that i had too much to share for just one post. so... i am going to break it up into 5 posts!

post #1 : The Host
post #2 : The Show

post #3 : Visit with my Dad- part 1 : Hell, Michigan

post #4 : Visit with my Dad- part 2 : the Henry Ford

post #5 : Visit to see Sam

stay tuned....

Thursday, May 15, 2008

i am back!... did ya miss me?

ok... so i am back... sorta!

i am heading out of town again tomorrow- just for the day though.

i promise i will post on sunday... or monday... hee hee!

anyway... just wanted all of you to know that i was alive and had a great time on my trip!

chat with you soon!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

bye bye...

so i am leaving tomorrow for a week! i am so excited!
i will be at the mega meet scrapbook show in novi, michigan for a few days!

and then visiting my dad for a few more days! so fun!

i will post the story when i get home next week!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

sweets and sours...


* i have a huge to do list today...

* we are working overnight on sunday and monday night... yuck!


* i have a huge to do list today... but i love to check things off of it! so here is my list! ( i will update as i go...)

~ dishes DONE

~ vacuum DONE

~ put laundry away DONE

~ shop for a few groceries DONE

~ make dessert for dinner tonight DONE - bring one to friend too DONE

~ organize calender events and hang calender DONE

~ update personal progress DONE

~ start t-shirt quilt DONE

~ make more cards DONE ( i have made over 100 cards this week! i am on fire!!! lol! )

* i am leaving wednesday for a week! i have a scrapbook show in michigan this weekend i haven't seen my scrapbook friends in awhile and i have missed them! i can't wait!

* then i am extending my trip a few days to spend some time with my dad! i am so excited! i haven't seen him in a couple of years, so this visit will be great! plus, i haven't seen his new place since he moved to michigan last year... very exciting!

* i went to a friends wedding reception last night. dave works with me at sam's club and he is so great! he is so happy and his new wife is darling! i am thrilled for them!

* lots of fun baby news too... this week i found out that my cute friend maryruth is having a boy! and a good friend from church, tiff, just adopted a little girl! i can't even begin to describe how excited i am for both of these wonderful ladies!

* i have been watching gilmore girls again and still love it! last night i finished season 2! so great!

* i can't remember if i shared this or not, but i am an official member of curves! i am happy to get this next phase of my life started! the trainers are great and i love the way i feel when i am done!

* we had lots of milk left over from the breakfast last week and that means that i get to drink chocolate milk everyday if i want too! yummy! i love chocolate milk! (ok...i realize that this comment kinda contradicts the previous one on curves... but... the the chocolate milk calls to me!)

well, i better get going on that to do list! have a great weekend!