Camping: Good Thing Its Free

20 Jul

We want to make the most of this fleeting summer so we headed north to Crane Lake to get in some family camping time.  People drive from all over the country to camp and enjoy this untouched part of nature and we only have to drive 40 minutes.  We have everything loaded up in the boat and the kids are ready and rearing to go.  We hop out of the car and Jared launches the boat.

Jared is leading the boat over to the dock when a part of the cement retaining wall collapses and Jared falls into the water while flinging his wallet into the lake.  No big deal, just reach down and grab it, right.  Nope.  Not exactly.  He reaches down and cannot feel it anywhere.  He searches for about 20 minutes and then he takes over kid duty while I search the iron rich depths.  Nope, nowhere to be found.

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How in TARNATION can a wallet disapear that fast?  Just so you know a leather fossil wallet feels a lot like the bottom of Crane Lake.  After searching for close to two hours we decided to cancel the credit cards and head on our journey, the girls were happy to be finally heading out.

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Fortunately he had no cash in the wallet (he had just spent his last $4 on fishing bait) unfortunately we have no credit cards at the moment and Jared’s really nice Fossil wallet is gone =( Sad, sad day.  Oh yeah and the worst part… he has to go to the DMV to get a new driver’s license- arg.

It is a good think that camping and these views are free.

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Rock Climbing

13 Jul

We headed out on a wild adventure:

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with our fearless and hilarious leader:

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I cannot believe my four year old and six year old daughters went repelling off an 80 foot drop and then climbed back up.  They are my heros and  I could not be more proud.

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The icing on the cake of this incredible day was wild blueberries all around to snack on and a waterfall to swim through.

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Paws to Read

10 Jul

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We have a wonderful library program here in Cook and the theme this year is “Paws to Read.”

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I have volunteered to be the project/craft lady.  Go me =)

As slightly overwhelming as this is, I am also excited about making some pretty neato things.  My main goal is to make things that will not immediately go into the trash can.  Things that the kids are excited to make and things that the adults will be glad their kids made.  We will be making useful and awesome stuff this summer!

The first week we made bags for the kids to carry their library books in.  I looked on amazon.com for some bags that we could use that were also fairly priced.  No such product existed since the ones that were about a dollar each had terrible reviews, I guess you get what you pay for.

Sooooooo, I went to our local thrift store and they kindly donated a bag of t-shirts.

I then sewed the bottoms of the bags shut and cut off the arms and neck of the shirt.  Then the kids got to stamp on the shirt and perhaps their library books will get back to the library since the kids are so so so excited to be able to use their new book bag.  That is the hope at least =)

The next week we made a dog toy out of t-shirts:

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Then we stamped on dog tags:

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Last week we painted rocks:

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This morning we made a mad lib timeline!  It was very fun and the kids maybe even learned about adverbs and adjectives.  Their craft is now hanging in the library, to show off their beautiful work hopefully get more kids excited reading.

So if you are local, come on over the Library at 10:30 and lets get crafty!  Next week the awesome and funny DNR guy is coming to teach us about the kind of prints that animals make.

We even get to climb trees!

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Summer Perennials

29 Jun

After browsing through some perennial flowers last year at a nursery and viewing the prices, I knew I needed to try and see if I could grow them from seed. Now that I have tried to grow them from seed, I understand why they cost so darn much money.  It takes a full year, sometimes two years to get a perennial to bloom.

Here are some of my success stories:

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I love that they will magically reappear every year. My goal was to make my front garden full of perennials so I will only have to weed and watch the beautiful flowers blossom throughout the summer. Here are two huge hollyhock plants I grew from seed that are now in front of the chicken coup.

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I really should know what these plants are, but I don’t– does anyone know the name of these plants?

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A Very Frozen Birthday!

25 Jun

We had a very Frozen Birthday Party for Aleah’s 6th Birthday.

The inspiration came from my friend, she has kids the same age and gender as our kids and we used to throw birthday parties together.  But now since she lives in Iowa, I have to throw my own parties and steal her awesome ideas =)

I loved searching Pinterest and coming up with my own ideas as well.  Our life up here in Cook, MN is Frozen about 6 months out of the year anyway- lots of inspiration.

Here are the signs that I painted:

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These are the Frozen themed foods I created:

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One of the games was the kids had to “Melt a Frozen Heart.”  I froze some hearts and other toys and the kids had to hammer the toys out of the block of ice

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We also played “Pin the Nose on Olaf.”

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this party was so fun to plan.

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Happy Birthday Dear Aleah, I am so proud of the smart, loving, strong, tough, kindhearted, artistic, gifted, persistent and thoughtful person you are and are becoming.  It is the best job in the world to be your mom, thank you for making me a mom. I love you.

Here Fishy Fishy

15 Jun

Now what to do with all those tasty sunnies and crappies?

After you have played with the fish in the live well (for a few hours) you have to line ‘em up and count your bounty.

After you have your firstborn organize and count them numerous times; you let the cat check them out.

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Jared came into the backyard where the kids, fish and I were- only to find us smearing paint all over the fish and plopping them down on some paper.  He was a bit surprised but then when he saw the finished product he was alright with my idea =)

Here are some of the prints we made:

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THEN, you can eat them!

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Good Bye Winter and Good Bye Fishing Pole

8 Jun

No one enjoys summer like people who have just endured 7 months of winter.  Not just any winter but a very looong, dark, cold, eternal winter.

Yup, it was a gnarly winter.

No one appreciate summer like us hearty folks in the Northland.

No one.

Okay, now that we have gotten that straight.  I must show you how we are enjoying our summer.  Yesterday we got into the boat and headed out for fishing, swimming and even some tubing.  I Love Summer.  I love it so much I would marry it if that was a thing you could do.  I will be outside until further notice (I am even writing this blog post in my backyard).  See you inside at the end of September when the temps plummet again.  Until then, we will be out- soaking up every ray of beautiful  sunshine.

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This is the last picture of Sophi’s fishing pole.  She was fishing, then Jared caught a fish, then we turned around and her pole was no where to be found.  Poor spiderman fishing pole at the bottom of Pfeiffer Lake.

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Soph realizing her pole is gone.

 

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