Thursday, May 5, 2011

Nature's beauty...found right in our backyard!

I don't fancy myself as much of an Audubon Society type, despite being dragged on a birding expedition with my friend Nancy in Belize in search of the ever elusive Jabiru Stork! But you have to be blind not to recognize and appreciate those rare and beautiful birds that happen upon our backyard. I have only ever seen one Indigo Bunting before and it was in a tree way far off in the distance. But you can't miss that brilliant blue bird! And guess what? It has decided to take up residence in my backyard! It has come back nearly every day for almost a week now! I have no idea what it seems to be enjoying but I continue to throw every seed imaginable out there in hopes it likes one of them. With any luck it may mate around here and we will get to see the entire family!

I finally got him on film!

He always eats off the ground

I had an oriole come in a week ago so I put up and oriole feeder for the first time ever!

and now they're here in droves!

that's an orange on top, sugar water in the bottom and grape jelly of all things in the little dishes on top. They love it and empty the jelly out daily!!

Then Mr. Bunting came back again this morning

If I thought it would bring in a drove of indigo buntings I'd put up a bright blue feeder! I don't think it works that way though... if anyone knows how to bring em in please comment! I have no idea what he's eating but he's been back every day and I'm loving it.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Spartan Spring game and fun with former players!

Well we actually had really nice weather for once for the spring game! A little chilly but no complaints since there was NO rain for a change! Tommy was coaching on the White team and we had our friend Alex Haugen as our special guest on the sidelines with Tommy. He had a great day! The Green team won so it looks like steak dinner for them and hot dogs and beans for the losing team. Haha! We had a bunch of the former players over for a BBQ at our house afterwards. Good times!

Drew and Alex pre-game

Alex with Coach Hoke

Alex giving BJ Cunningham some coaching tips

Kirk Cousins' brother and friends! Way to show him spirit!

Alex gets coached up by Coach Hoke!

#67 Joel Foreman meets the recipient of his jersey!

Blair White, Javon Ringer, Jehuu Caulcrick get recognition for being in the NFL

Draymond Green from the basketball team tries out football...he should stick with hoops!

Jehuu bet the boys they couldn't push him 5 yards...

He won

Boys pose with Big 10 trophy and Tommy's Big ten ring

Tommy's bling and mine too!

Bunch of the guys at the house afterwards

Me with my boys Travis Key and Otis Wiley

Yo dawg!