Ice Cream Social

I had a nice post written up about the Ice Cream Social at Eli’s school (Ann Arbor Open/Mack) but it got lost in my phone somehow.

Here is the short version. Eli went on a few rides, we had various snacks, saw lots of friends, and Eli won a round on the cake walk. He selected the cupcakes, to the delight of his mom. I think she might have suggested them as a delicious option. Notice Parke participating in the cake walk. Once she saw the cupcakes, she had to take a chance.

Maple Fest

Welcome Maple FansWe had a warm spell two weeks ago and the sap started flowing, so we headed out to Snow’s Sugarbush to enjoy some maple goodness. We went with our friend Carol and her kids. Oliver slept through most of it, but Eli saw all of the steps of the process from the buckets in the trees to the boilers and to the kitchen where they turned the sap into various yummy treats. The most interesting part for me was to taste some raw sap. It was surprisingly watery with just a hind of forest to it. It is hard to imagine that it eventually is turned into sweet maple syrup.

Eli and Chase each enjoyed a pony ride and we all took a ride in a cart that was pulled by a pair of donkeys. But the most fun that Eli and Chase had was running around a big concrete circle in the parking lot like maniacs. That was way more fun than all the maple happenings.

When we finish up the supply that we bought, I’m sure we can pick up some more at the local farmer’s market. The Snow’s Sugarbush folks are usually there.

Looking for sapTasty fresh sapHaving a tasteDriving an assSave some gas …Running around like maniacs