Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Meet EVAN!

because last week I finally did! I was able to go back to GR for a week and spend some quality time with this little guy [as well as many friends and family!]

a week full of ice-cream, games, good talks, movies, oberon, numerous walks, lake michigan, the wii & wii fit [love it!] endless laughs and priceless memories...

The week flew by [as always]but WE hope to be back up north in a month!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

how sweet it is to be loved by you...

Sunday marked our one year anniversary. Crazy! Time has absolutely flown by. We decided to celebrate by taking a weekend trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

I left a couple hours early from school and we packed the car and headed on our way. It was about a 4 1/2 hour car ride, a car ride we spent listening to "The Westing Game" on CD (I'm working on reading all of the Newbery Award winner books).

We arrived at our hotel about quarter to 7 and moved our stuff into the room, then headed to downtown Charleston for dinner (our hotel was about 1.5 - 2 miles from the heart of downtown).

We ate at a local seafood restaurant which was ranked the best seafood restaurant by locals. It was very good, and we enjoyed seafood chowder, Mahi Mahi (Emily), and Flounder (me), redneck caviar (peanuts still in the shell boiled in salt water.. a unique taste for sure), hush puppies, and coleslaw.

We then walked around downtown and took in a few of the sights... with the little sunlight that was left. We were confronted by a wholesale travel company representative who tried to convince us to come to their presentation the following morning. Well, after hearing that we would receive 2 free carriage ride tickets, 2 free tickets for a boat ride to and a tour of Fort Sumter, and a check for$50, we decided we could give them 45 minutes of our time.

We then settled in at a local brewery/restaurant for drinks and to listen to the live music.

Saturday began early. Free breakfast at the hotel and then we were on our way to the wholesale travel presentation. We got to the place, answered a few questions and headed upstairs with about 7 other couples. After about 45 minutes the presentation ended and we were once again confronted by a representative. "So, can we sign you up for our membership today (about $8,000 mind you)?" asked the lady. "No" I said. "Well I can offer you an even better deal how about half price?" "No" I said again. Getting the sense that she had no chance with us she signed our paper and went on to another couple. We headed downstairs turned in our signed form saying we didn't want anything... and we were handed 2 free carriage ride tickets, 2 free tickets to tour Fort Sumter, a $50 check, and a coupon book for buy one get one free at the local restaurants, oh yeah, and $2 to help pay for parking!

Needless to say, we were feeling pretty good once we actually had the tickets and check in hand. We walked around a little bit and then headed over for our carriage ride of the historic downtown region and housing area. We were led around town by our horse, Bob. We saw some great architecture and beautifully restored homes, and received a little history of the area by our tour guide person. It was a great way to see the area. After the ride, we headed for lunch. We went to a restaurant that was listed on the aforementioned discount card. So, we ate lunch for half the price... which made it taste even better.

Our fearless leader

It was then time to walk across town (we did a lot... I mean, a lot! of walking this weekend) to the port where our boat would be leaving from for Fort Sumter. It was about a half hour ride out to the fort, and then we had an hour to walk around the fort. It was an impressive site. Walking around the fort where the Civil War started was quite an experience. Being a person who enjoys history (in moderation), I was having a great time. We snapped some pictures, and an old man volunteered to take a picture of us in front of a cannon. We then headed back to the mainland.

on the boat to Fort Sumter

at the fort

God bless America

When we got back on land, we walked back to our car (stopping to take some pictures along the way of course) to get ready for another night out.

We headed to the southeren tip of downtown Charleston. We walked around snapping pictures and wobbling (or maybe that was just me) over cobble stone streets. It was a beautiful night, in which watched a strecth hummer unload a wedding party at a local yacht club. We then walked over to rainbow row, which is a line of houses that are colored all the colors of the rainbow... it was pretty cool looking.
"rainbow row"

We then headed out to Waterfront Park. We took some great shots with our cool Gorillapod (a bendable tripod). We wrapped it around lightposts, fences, park benches.... and even upside down from a tree branch. It was this particular placement that set off a whole new adventure.... After taking a couple of pictures with the camera hanging upside down from the tree, we decided it was time to move on. As I was unbending the gorillapod, something on the tree branch caught my eye, it was a small green pill capsule attached to a small piece of wood breaking away from the branch. My exact words were "Emily Jayne." "What?" was her response. Then I pulled the capsule from the tree, and she knew what I was talking about. Thats right everybody... I found a geocache hidden in a tree without even looking for it, or knowing that it was there. Luckily, Emily had a pen in her purse and I was able to mark my find and then replace it. I was laughing about that for a good while.

THE geocache!

the branch where the geocache was found

the pineapple fountain

fountain #2
Next up were fountains, more pictures, boys catching crabs, walking, and talking. We finally decided it was time for dinner at around 8:30-9:00, and we made our way to Southend Brewery for dinner. We had a great meal (buy one get one free of course) and great conversation. After dinner it was time to walk back to the car and head back to the hotel.

Sunday morning came and we packed up our stuff and had a quick breakfast. We then left and headed to The Battery. It is a park dedicated to the soldiers of the civil war mostly. It has monuments scattered around as well as cannons, and piles of cannonballs. After taking our share of pictures there, it was time to cross the amazing bridge to Sullivan's Island to go to the beach. We sent a few hours at the beach, playing in the water, writing in the sand and drinking Gatorades. After the beach, the vacation ended like any good vacation should... with a trip the ice cream shop!

perfect fit!

more cannons...

It was a great weekend, and a great celebration for our first year of marriage...
here's to many more!


Monday, June 2, 2008

First is the worst, Second is the best

Well, according to the title, my team (the team that I was leading for Mrs. Shears who was out of town) was the best today. We put it all on the line, but we finished in 2nd. The trophy shall reign supreme in a 5th grade classroom for the next year, but it will not be Mrs. Shears.

Rewind to earlier in the morning: It started out as a gorgeous day, and I thought we we're in for a perfect field day, one with weather that we could brag about to y'all in Michigan. Well, just in case it got warmer, I threw some khaki shorts in my car.

Fast forward back to the afternoon: When the time came to go outside for the start of the field day competition, the weather had changed... a lot! The sun was bearing down and the breeze only ducked in and out of the tall pine tree surrounding the fields.

I changed into my shorts and tennis shoes before heading outside with the 5th graders. I walked out the doors and quickly flipped down my sunglasses transporting me into a polarized world of black. The heat soon greeted my body... rudely at that. Before I knew it, I was sweating, yelling (at the kids), cheering (for the kids) and having a great time.

By the time the games were over, I headed back inside right in time to hear the PA announcement for car riders to be dismissed. As I walked back to my room, I received a few comments about how hot I looked from teachers who were not outside all afternoon. I took them in stride and laughed. Then came the kicker... coming up the hallway was a student from the 4h grade. "Mr. Hapner! You're Fried! How'd you get so red?" I quickly explained and then headed to the bathroom to see this apparent sunburn. Wow, there it was. I was quite red... kind of forgot about sunscreen today.

After school, Emily and I headed out to N. Raleigh to look at an apartment. We stopped, looked, and applied. Hopefully, everything goes smoothly, and we'll be in our new apartment by the end of the month.

The evening closed with me having my end of the year celebration with other beginning teachers and our mentor teachers. It was fun and full of laughs.

Now, the Red Wings are on and Emily is reading The Giver by Lois Lowry (after months and months of me trying to convince her how good it is).

Well that is all for now. Go Wings!


Sunday, June 1, 2008

june bug.

the weekend is wrapping up, so here is our recap:

friday night-pistons game and ice-cream with Brit. After working 12 hours i made it till 11 before crashing-[much like the pistons]. that, my friend is an accomplishment.

saturday morning: 2am. phone call: rick. julie was in labor and they were on the way to the hospital. ecstatic, we said a prayer for julie and the baby's health and rick's wellbeing. then, i made jim take the laptop to bed to search for plane tickets home.

$400 each. sad. i suggested getting up and making the drive.

sometimes it's a good thing one of us is a bit grounded, disciplined...and down right realistic. because if it was up to me i would have been out the door in a flash.

back to sleep.

saturday: a day of "to-do's", which got put on hold due to pure excitement. [and really, how could we have gone apartment shopping...what IF the cell phone rang?!]

saturday: 2:30pm. ah, at last...rick's picture flashed across jim's cell phone. the ring was music to our ears.

EVAN RICHARD HAPNER. born saturday, may 31 at 1:56pm weighing in at 7lbs 6 oz 21 inches long. whoohooooo!

then, off to hiking with Andy, Amy and Josiah Wood-friends from church. i learned that the lyrics, "i'd like to check you for ticks" by brad paisley, is a realty in the great state of north carolina. not only do we have snakes...but we have ticks [somedays michigan sounds better and better:) Andy found one on their dog bella and graciously showed me what they look like...

we grilled out with the wood's and greatly enjoyed their company. red wine, yuengling, hamburgers fresh off the grill, and ice-cream pie for dessert-heavenly.

today: with temps in the 90's [hellooo summer!] we went to church and then enjoyed the blessings of air conditioning.

and...that wraps it up. thanks for tuning in!

anticipated blog entry for the upcoming week:

Monday: green hope field day: by jh

be on the lookout.

love. em