Mackinac Island

Is it with a C or a W? I always spell Mackinaw/Mackinac wrong… so why the 2 spellings?

The French Pronounced it "aw" but spelled it "ac". The British heard it pronounced "aw" so they spelled it that way. Today Mackinaw City retains the "aw" spelling while the bridge, straits and island steadfastly cling to the "ac" spelling. No matter how it is spelled, however, it is always pronounced Mackinaw!

Well we headed to MackinAC Island on Friday with 4 high school girls.

Depart at 8am, catch the 9:30 ferry.

Looking for cheep ferry tickets, go here, they are $11.


Amanda, Lindsay, Tawni, Lauren, and Antonia (our German exchange student). 002

A stop at the church


A pose near Father Marquette.


Who doesn’t love the jumping photos


Another church stop:


We had a lot of repenting to do I guess…


A hike out to Arch Rock, and stopping along the way for photos. 013014015018

Arch Rock- we made it!


Highest point on the island: Fort Holmes, once a British fort taken over by the Americans! 021

Checking out the cemetery. Oldest grave was from 1823!


Hike back down.


Hitting the shopping stores- I love Antonia’s turtle photo.


Had to sneek this photo~ no cameras in the stores. Who is seriously going to wear a wiener on their head?


Turtles Again:


Doc Oc!


We had a great day. It was a bit chilly but very fun!


Storms a coming….

Well it actually already came, but I’m bad at blogging…

I came home from work the other day and started walking up my steps and saw this…


I thought OH WOW, what happened?

Then I looked a little farther and saw this…



The whole meter had been pulled away from the house. Then I thought, “how’d that happen?”


Then I saw this…





A MASSIVE tree had fallen because of the high winds we had a few weeks back. It took out our power lines, cable, internet, and telephone. Our electric in the house still worked even though the lines had fallen. Well…the electric worked until we called Consumers Power! They came out and actually disconnected our electric because it was “unsafe”. They did this on Friday morning with out telling us! After about 5 visits from them, over $300 in electrical costs, a visit from the city inspector and 96 hours later we finally got our electric turned back on. 

Being with out power for 4 days will result in a huge LOSS…


It was about $200 in food from both freezer and fridge that we had to throw out!

For once we are glad we don’t own a house, and most of the costs (electrical) are picked up by our landlord.


Schools out for summer

I stole the title from my cousin’s blog! Smile

I love teaching at a school where the instructional hours are from Labor Day to Memorial Day!!!!

A few photos from the last day.

10th graders


8th graders


And Spenser!


My summer plans include not working very much! Smile I took this teaching job so I’d have my summers OFF! Some teachers like the kids, I like the summers off!

Marvin did say I needed to get at least a part time job so I wouldn’t drive him batty with my boredom. He’s right, after about 1 week I go crazy! So my plan is to tutor about 8 hours a week, and possibly pick up a babysitting job 1 or 2 days. I also was just assigned 4 local stores as an American Greeting Card stocker- whooo hooo! That will be about 10 hours a week. With all of these side jobs I’ll be able to accomplish my main goal of summer~ sleeping IN!

A few other goals I have planned, in order of importance:

1. watch the star wars series

2. visit flint and gr for some family/friend time

3.read more~ currently on the list Glass Castle

4. blog more, sorry…I’ve told you about my love/hate relationship with blogging!