If I Knew You Were Coming, I’d Have Baked A Cake

Last Thursday, we went to Story Hour at Blandford and had a great time, as usual.

Saturday we went to the Family Christian Store by us and were lucky to catch a screening of the new Veggie Tales movie, then to Krispy Kreme for Kid’s Day.

We went to the Zoo on Monday. What a perfect day for it! Not too crowded, not too hot and all the animals were in quite a mood. We saw some fighting lizzards, frisky stingrays, and some, um, affectionate monkeys.  We topped the trip off with a little picnic in the park and a giant swan ride around the lake. Fifteen minutes usually doesn’t seem like a long time, but when you are with two kids who think you are playing ‘bumper swans’, it was plenty.

I already told you all about the Brann’s outing on Tuesday. We went to the Children’s Museum yesterday to see the Monkey King Exhibit. It is very cool, and we are fortunate to have this exhibit visit our town. If you have a John Ball Park Zoo Membership, don’t forget that you can visit the Children’s Museum for free through the month of August.

You would think that the kids’ top three favorites for the week would include at least one of the above activities. Nope. Their favorite things from the past week are here, in reverse order:

3. Making a peach cake together (recipe here) that was absolutely wonderful. We were all covered head to toe in flour, but I wouldn’t trade times like that for the world.

2. The power went out in our neighborhood a few evenings ago, thus requiring everyone go outside and talk to each other. My kids loved it. OK so did I.

1. For reasons that are still not entirely clear to me, A.P. and Maybelle decided to dig a trench in the back yard using only landscaping rocks as tools.  Their ‘number one’ from this week was uncovering a four inch long slug after about half an hour of digging. It was the nastiest thing I have ever seen, but they thought they had found a snake, and talked about it for days.

Have a great week! Keep an eye out for those slugs.


Kidz Kraft Day at the Fulton Street ARTisians Market. Held at the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market Site. 

Through 25th, Hudsonville Community Fair.


5-8 PM CruiserFest, Craig’s Cruisers.  


7:00 PM Concert in John Collins Park, free.


10:00 AM Blandford Nature Center Story Hour, free.


Through 26th. Dozynki Festiwal/Polish Festival.  Polish polka bands, food, dancing, children’s activities and demonstrations. Calder Plaza. Free.


Through 25th, 28th Street Metro Cruise. Even if you don’t go to this event, just be warned… try and stay off of 28th St. It will be even more crowded than usual.

2:00 PM.  Blandford Nature Center, Saturday Wildlife Program.  Bring a toy for the bobcat! Free.



Filed under Things to do Thursday

2 responses to “If I Knew You Were Coming, I’d Have Baked A Cake

  1. On a funny note, we ended up in the 28th St. Metro Cruise last year while trying to go out for dinner. It was actually kinda fun to sit in traffic and watch the cool cars drive by going the opposite direction.

  2. Deb

    Sounds like a busy but fun week! We haven’t made it to the zoo yet (where has the summer gone?!) but we went to the Children’s Museum last night and the kids had a blast.

    Thanks for the list of activities! 🙂

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