Michigan Vacation and Wedding

In the week leading up to Jennifer’s sister Robin’s wedding, we spent some time with family and friends in Michigan. It was great to see everyone, most of whom we hadn’t seen since the holidays nearly 6 months previous. We also met up with my old college roommate Brian and his family. We had tried to get together when we were in town in January but didn’t manage to find a time that worked for both of us. He and his wife gave birth to a baby girl named Elizabeth soon after, so it was great to bring Kaija and Elizabeth together.On the final weekend that we were in Michigan, Jennifer’s sister Robin married Andy Lawrence on the beach in St. Joseph. The weather was beautiful for both the rehearsal and the ceremony. I had the honor of being an usher at the event and Jennifer was a bridesmaid. Kaija was passed to various eager family members over the course of the weekend. It was great to see everyone for a few short days. Best of luck to the newlyweds!

Cookin’ With Gas

What better way to spend a day off from work than cleaning up our back porch! I spent a few hours sweeping up dirt and tree debris, removing cob webs, and wiping down various pieces of furniture. My greatest joy came in “fixing” our gas grill. The left burner stopped working well about a year ago. When I noticed the problem, I found that one of the clips that holds the gas distributer to the gas line had gone missing. Looking around, it was no where to be found. I improvised with a short segment of piano wire, but still could not get it to work well. The flames were paltry and inconsistent at best. I tried on a number of occasions to use the grill for various meaty consumables with lousy results. Disheartened and figuring I’d need to mail order the missing clip part, the grill has gone virtually unused for many months due to procrastination.Well, during the cleaning spree, I wiped the thick layer of dirt and dust that had accumulated on it. While doing so, I decided to start disassembling the grill. I removed the gas distributor only to find a small but fairly dense spider web in the left gas duct. A quick sweep with the piano wire removed the sticky mess. I reassebled the grill and voila! Beautiful, constant flame on both sides!Let the summer BBQ’s commence!

A Declaration of Independence

Kaija stood up from the floor for the first time on Friday. Jennifer wanted to record her efforts so that we could share the excitement with family and friends. We had been trying to get her to stand for about 10 minutes on Saturday evening, but Kaija was more interested in checking out the camera than showing off for it. At the beginning of this clip, Jennifer is shown getting up to answer a knock on the door. It was our good friends Sandy and Leon… Kaija just needed a bigger audience!