Sunday, September 19, 2010

Orchids and Another University of Michigan Trip

Today, I am joining the Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays at

I am also joining Chari for Sunday Favorites at

This was an old post from 2 years ago. My, how time flies! AJ was so much smaller then and I weighed a lot less, lol.

It's Saturday and comes another double post.
But before we start the trip, let's flaunt our pinks first. Pink Saturday is hosted by Beverly at Please visit her and all her participants. You will be happy to see all the wonderful pinks.
For my contribution, I would like to share more pink flowers on our deck and garden. Here is an orchid that I captured with an insect while I was gardening. I would have taken a closer pic but that little sucker tried to attack me. LOL!
a hanging planter with pink flowers hanging in the gazebo.
Another hanging planter on our porch, a clinbing mandevalia and a pink orchid below it.

And now, it's time to go sightseeing.

We are going to watch a football game in Ann Arbor, MI next week (actually we watched it last Sat. but I loaded these pics last week, sorry if I am confusing you) so I thought I will show you when we watched one a few years ago. You see, you can post old travel pictures on SS also. We drove around the city first and came across this Petting Farm and thought AJ would enjoy it. Here I am on a hay ride with her. We were both a few years younger here. That was fun!

Aren't those little houses cute?

They also had a maize maze. We went in there and had fun looking for each other.

Here is John and AJ feeding the ducks. Aren't those white ducks really cute with all those curly feathers?

Of course, we had to tour the buildings too. John was trying to reminisce his College years and was proudly showing us where he ate and slept and so on.

We attended the pep rally and watched the cheerleaders and dancers practice.



We also watched the U of M marching band rehearse. John swears they are the best in the country.

And of course we had to follow them.

We followed them all the way to the Big House stadium.

to watch the football game but first, let's watch the marching band perform first.

and now the Wolverines are playing

No wonder they call it the Big House. It holds all these people.

But before we leave, we have to stay behind to watch the U of M Marching Band perform again. Please click the video to watch. I have to admit, they were pretty good.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for coming and thanks also, Beverly for Pink Saturday.

Thanks to you all for coming again and thanks to our hostesses for being so gracious in throwing these events. Be sure you go and visit them.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the pictures of the flowers.
They are all so beautiful. Looks like you had a great time last year. I do love the little houses.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

What a fun trip! And I love the little houses. Also, you have some lovely cloches! Linda @Nina's Nest

Kat said...

What a fun post Christine! You know I just love marching bands, so this was a real treat. Have a great weekend. Kathy

Silvia said...

awesome post! so close to home, we love that team,we watch the games all the time, i'm glad you guys had fun, is john from mich?. you were so close should've came to canada to visit me!
hope you had a great summer and enjoyed that wonderful pool....ttys have a great weekend..


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, I just love all of your flowers. They are all so pertty. If it ever cools off here I am so anxious to plant some. It looks like you also had fun at the game and on the hayride and feeding the ducks. You have such wonderful pictures of you guys with AJ, what wonderful memories she had. Hugs, Marty

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, that is one BIG band in one BIG stadium! I enjoyed the tour of the campus, and can't believe how much younger AJ looked a year ago. Your flower photos are beautiful. laurie

Its So Very Cheri said...

Ok-I have you down on the list. I have several people so I may have to do a weekly feature but keep all of them in a button to view for a longer period of time.

Let me get all the details figured out-you know tonight when I wake up in the middle of the night, and I will give everyone a plan.


Debra said...

Love seeing the pictures. Lovely flowers and especially enjoy the football pictures, I'm kinda a football fan...


Tara said...

It looks like you had a great time. Me, I don't get the whole football thing, but that's just me! Happy Pink and have a great weekend Christine!

Candy said...

Another outing of fun with you guys!
I linked over for my Pink Saturday since I blogland 'traveled' to Georgia.
Lovely passion flowers at your cloche party, too.

Keetha Broyles said...

Last weekend as I watched part of the MI game, I saw a little girl & her daddy on the side line, and the little girl was holding up a sign that said, "My first game in the Big House" or something to that effect. The little girl reminded me of your daughter - - - it didn't, by chance, happen to BE your daughter, did it?

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your photographs of the flowers are lovely. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and enjoying Pink Saturday.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Looks like you all had a great time. I enjoyed the vidio. Your flowers are lovely Christine..
hugs ~lynne~

♥Mimi♥ said...

L♥ve your pink goodies this week. Just when I think I have enough pink in my life I participate in Pink Saturday and see even more sweet things I’d enjoy having in my home or flowers for my gardens or just to look at☺ What could be better than the color pink dancing in your head all morning?

Thanks so much for sharing. Hoping your weekend is filled with sunshine and the comfort of those you love and who love you.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

c/x, you always live life to the that about you. My daughter lace, has finally started moving into her new house!!! She will be sleeping there tom. night! Life is good on this side of the mountain! Thanks for visiting!!!

Char said...

I think hanging out with you would be lots and lots of fun. That little bugger looks like some kind of wasp!!! Pretty plants, I can see why the bugs love em, Happy Pink Saturday, Char
If you haven't already done so, make sure to stop by my blog and enter into the shabbylaneshops giveaway. Many of us have donated beautiful items for a monthly giveaway. The value is around $100.00 and there are lots of pretty things there, good luck

SmilingSally said...

The flowers are pretty, and I hope you enjoyed the game.

My name is Riet said...

LOvely pink flowers and I am sure it must have been a great game. Thank you for your visit

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Christine...

Loved the posies....they just make 'ya smile, don't they?

Looks like a great're just a little travelin' machine, aren't you! :-)


Regina said...

Nice blooms!
Have great week.

Nancy said...

Whew! So much organizing. Will we ever finish? Loved all the pics and the trip to Michigan.

Still visiting around for last PS. See you for PS soon.

Lynn said...

Looks like you had a great trip Christine! It's hard to match the enthusiasm of college sports/activities!

Sue said...

Hey Christine- Tell John that down here in OHIO, we have what is known as "The Best Damn Band in the Land!!" And that would be Ohio State Marching Band! LOL He knows about THAT rivalry! And don't get him started on the football, either!
Fun trip for ya, I'm sure, to have seen all that he used to do and see. Go Blue!
~ Sue

Marlis said...

Have I told you lately how much I love your blog??? I do, It's lovely and makes me smile each time I come by for a visit. Your painting is beautiful. I am blown away by your artistic talent. This trip looks like it was such a fun time for your family.

Sarah said...

Christine, this looks like a fun fall outing! Thanks for sharing all the great photos. AJ is one lucky little girl to travel about with you and John. ~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun weekend!

Carol said...

Looks like a great time! The Big House really packs them in!

Very pretty flowers!

Debbiedoos said...

Awesome post. It was nice to see the marching band. MY son is in Band and come next year he has the opportunity to be in Marching band which is huge here. He is on the fence, big commitment, and the uniforms are hot.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Christine...

Girlfriend, I think I remember this post! It looks like ya'll had so much fun in MI. I how much AJ has grown this past two years! Wow...they really do grow up fast...don't they? Hehe...we do too sometimes! wink! Ohhh is meant to enjoy! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely trip with us, my well as those gorgeous pink orchids! Loved having you for Sunday Favorites this week!

Love ya,

The Tablescaper said...

Oh how funny. Both of our posts have marching bands, albeit yours is premier college and mine is local high school. But is sure is a part of fall.

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Anonymous said...

Fall sure says football games and marching bands. It brings back many wonderful memories for my husband and I because we were in band. Thanks for memories.

Anonymous said...

I love flower pictures too, they are so beautiful and I have to agree that those little houses are so cute. Your life seems to have lot's of activities, thanks for sharing... hope to meet you someday.

All the best/Dredd

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Your entire post was so happy! I love going to a good game, and the ducks with the white curly feathers, well, I have never seen them before. Have a lovely week.

Barb said...

Great pictures, Christine. I love the bands.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Together We Save said...

I love watching college sports... the fans, the teams, the bands, the tradition!! All so exciting.

Diann said...

Hi Christine!

The flowers are all so pretty!

The trip to Ann Arbor looked fun. You were right in my neighboorhood! I live about 30 minutes away from Ann Arbor. We go there all the time. Needless to say, we are huge U of M fans!

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE marching band and school games... soooo exciting!!!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: It looks like you had a wonderful time. I am glad you could do this. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Vintagesouthernlife said...

The flowers are so beautiful. Looks like a fun time! Annette

Mel_Cole said...

Your flower pictures are gorgeous. Wow, I've never seen a stadium that's packed with lots of people.

I'm at Heart's Content blog. See ya!

Gloria said...

Looks like you all had a great time!!! Wish I could have been there, especially for the hayride!

Kathleen said...

Looks like fun, Christine! Brings back memories of tailgating when my son was at Holy Cross, which he thinks is the best! :)
It is like kids, we all think our own are the cutest, smartest, LOL

Melissa Miller said...

What a fun looking trip Christine. You look beautiful and very happy. Love the precious houses too.

Happy fall blessings to you sweet friend!
Warmly, ~Melissa :)

anemonen said...

Thanks for sharing this and thank you for visiting me.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, are you sure that was just a year ago? AJ looks so young in these photos! I can't believe how much she has matured in a year. Of course, my favorite thing is the little houses- so cute! I want some in my garden!
You asked about the chairs on my porch. They are rockers, and they are so comfortable. We have had them for about 10 years, and we are starting to worry that they are going to wear out. I know we won't be able to find rockers as comfortable as those again. laurie

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Looks like a great way to spend the day! Your kids are so lucky...

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Hi Christine -- thanks for your visit. I actually do like sushi -- but not my husband -- he won't try it -- don't know why, the man eats raw oysters! Love the little houses - so cute. have fun at the game and take more photos!

bj said...

Oh, how fun all this looks..
those little houses are just precious!
hugs, bj

paperbutterfly said...

It was wonderful that you took the time to stop in for tea last week. I am still in catch up mode from my trip but tea is being. Hope you can join the fun!
Love to see your adventures. Thank you for letting us tag along
Have a blessed week.

Unknown said...

Wow, that whole college game thing looked pretty fun. What a great motivator for your granddaughter. Of course, you tablescape is beautiful. Love the monkey napkin rings.

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Christine,

Me oh my and mercy me!.., Likely t'is I who have unintentionally; 'made the mess'..,

I have been posting;(as I had offered earlier on Monday, you may perhaps recall Christine), to post a link later on for those who were wanting to post earlier than Tuesday, whereas we had not as yet had Mr. Linky available earlier this Monday..,

So sorry for the mix-up, as I was so tired with all of my busyness these days, that I accidentally posted one of the other tea ladie's requested link-up accicdentally twice; (I have yet to have success in removing an accidental double post with Mr. Linky)..,

Oh well!.., One day I'll get the hang of it!

So sorry for any inintended mix-up my friend!

This post is so intersesting by the way; thanks for sharing it with us!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

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