Monday, May 31, 2010


Or is it 110? Archivists have turned up this interesting little picture. Looks pretty familiar...

Actually, he got to go to DeWitt Schoolhouse and see how a turn of the century (20th) school worked.  They wrote on slate with pieces of chalk, cleaned the erasers by clapping them together, played new/old games at recess, arithmetic in math class, etc.  Xavier was singled out as having nice typical school clothes, but you'd change when you got home for chores.  If you went to school in chore clothes, the teacher would think you were behind on your work.

<---The full effect.

Of course, the major holiday around Memorial Day is Xavier's birthday.  We had visits from the Meyer clan, Aunt Liza and Mason.  Desserts by Design, one of our favorite local places, made a Batman: Brave and the Bold cake that was "in one of my favorite poses, with my favorite filling, and it was awesome."

How can both kids be double digits?

Coming soon:  groggers blog?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Partners in Health is still doing great things in Haiti, but there's another organization we're trying to support now.

The What If? Foundation was started by a woman Karen knows, Margaret Trost, but she sees herself as just funding the Haitians to be self sufficient.

PBS recently ran a great story covering the two organizations efforts.

It's been very nice to see that Xavier in particular has taken this to heart, and prays for the Haitians every night.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Spring Catsup

We have been so delinquent! Sorry. When your instantaneous communication is slow, there's nobody to blame but yourself.

This will be mostly just pictures. What was up?

St. Patrick's Day with the traditional Corny Beef.

In some of our Pretties spring weather everything was Bubbly.

Some startling new science about Grand Haven. Click on the investigator's illustrations to spy all the surprising geological features.

Eggs were colored in the surprising shadeof cats, butterflies, Spider-Man, and the questionable Deadpool. Plus some actual Easter eggs, go figure.

So, this happened:

In what has become a family holiday, Free Comic Book Day was celebrated. The 501st showed up at Lange's, and our favorite Star Wars family showed up. Troopers seemed surprisingly friendly towards the rebel scum. Xavier was surprised to see one of his Tae Kwon Do chums there.

Scott Rozema generously drew a picture for each of the Goldens in attendance. Match the picture with the recipient.

Hulk Bela

Blackbolt John

Harlequin Xavi

Somewhere along the way a Blue Stripe was obtained.

Recently, we did a whirlwind Chicago visit. The Matisse exhibit was amazing - really taught you about his crucial experimental period. Graham Crackers was visited, but for the first time, didn't snag Xavier's budget. Lego Store, Heaven on Seven and the Field Museum filled up the rest of the whirlwind itinerary. The Mammoth and Mastodon exhibit at the Field is definitely worth your time.

Now that's a Mother's Day shot!

Coming soon: an exciting new JKXY feature! Want a hint? What's full of beans and surprisingly noisy?

Wait, that's a terrible clue...