I bet you thought I was gone, never to return, right? Well, I’m back! Long hiatus I know. I guess it makes the most sense to start up where I last left off – mid way thru summer. So – here is 4th of July weekend at Loon Lodge. :)
Always gotta do a few lanterns!
My sister was about to arrive and we haven’t seen her in a few years so we put together a welcoming parade. Here they are taking position.
All set for her arrival!!
They went back around the loop to do a second drive by b/c she liked the welcoming parade so much!
The kids being themselves. :)
Pontoon time! Unckey Luc-y was pushing those Wheat Thins pretty hard!
We were off to watch the 4th of July fireworks display at Cedar Crest. Which always takes FORRREVVVVVER to get going.
This boat ride was lonnnnnnnng.
The natives were restless.
There were a few grumps on the boat. See if you can spot them.
Cookie doin it up!
The 4th of July food spread. One of the days. LOL
Very festive! My sister and her boyfriend Adam.
One of the things on the agenda for when my sister was home was to update this family photo my parents have hanging at the cabin. It was my 13th birthday in this picture.
Here it is!
My siblings and I.
Jon (minus sneaky Renae) and Natalie and Daniel.
We took the boat to a swimming spot to shake things up.
Daniel is getting too heavy to throw which is a shame b/c he’s only just now brave enough to let Eric do it!
Avery is on the cusp of being too heavy.
Dylan is definitely too heavy but just does flips now instead. Flips are not for Daniel. :)
Nat is too heavy too. Wah wah.
I’ll carry you buddy!
My sister and Avery were like glue that weekend. Avery had a new BFF. They are working her new jewelry box.
This is at Maple Lake. We were set to do a big family photo with all the peeps there too. However, I have been told I can’t share it b/c its “for the Christmas card!!!” So I guess you’ll have to wait. And if you’re not on Kim’s list – TOO BAD! HAHA!
Our precious niece Hattie is the center of attention when we’re all together. She’s so fun.
Dylan played baseball over the summer and LOVED it. He looks so long and skinny here! Not that he isn’t but its very exaggerated here!
Fun fact – he knocked a boy on his team to the ground with this throw. Whoops!
This was the weekend we had Eric’s friends and their wives up for the weekend. It was a low turnout this year, but still fun. :)
This picture cracks me up. Little Zack wasn’t too sure about the sparklers. He just kept making that face at them and cracking us up!
Avos muchachos looking pretty in the evening light.
And theres Dylan. Lighting his pants on fire. Really.
Here’s our neighbor Katie trying to get up on skis!
Best buddies Avery and Elsie
Dylan’s best friend Drew skiing.
Dylan’s turn with the help of Jim bag.
The girls were waiting for their turn to tube!
We took the kids to Pirates Cove finally for mini golf! We’ve been meaning to go since we moved to the area 6 years ago.
The boys were ultra competitive and the girls were just happy to get it in the hole at all! :)
And finally it was Labor Day weekend. Back at Loon Lodge. Here is yet another treasure hunt.
Maybe Avery can help read the clues next summer!
The people chillin while the kids did their hunt.
My dad and Rocky.
One final boat ride on White Earth Lake for this year. Sneaky Renae made an appearance!
Oh, looks like Tommy is enjoying a Presidente ‘Rita!
Here he is enjoying that beverage with a canine companion!
Avery got a bit squirrelly on me.
Avery! I’ve got a beverage here!
Last lanterns of the summer! I see ya there Jon!
Annnnnnnd, WAH WAH – 1st day of school for the 2nd grader and the kindergartener!
Someone was excited and someone was nervous. Bet you can’t tell which is which!
Didn’t get any pictures of Dylan in his classroom. I was too busy consoling him! :( But he was okay after we left.
The 2nd week of school we had a big storm roll thru that took down many trees and knocked power out for several hours. The kids still had school that day so the teachers used flashlights, candles and iPads to light up their classrooms! :)
Katie and Jim’s yard.
They lost their deck tables and their grill. We didn’t really have any damage other than lots and lots of tree limbs down and a few trees down in the back lot.
Well, there’s part of the reason I haven’t done much blogging. Too distracted by my damn nails!!! ;) I started selling Jamberry in June and it’s been so much fun! Here’s a link to my consultant website if you are feeling the urge to shop…haha! http://triciawikoff.jamberrynails.net/
Then fall arrived and it was time to start putting things away. Eric had told our neighbor that we would take sections from his old dock so Eric and Jim went to work stowing them away in the back. I supervised the long effort and took pictures of the trees, my nails and myself while I waited. Yeah, what of it!?
My favorite! Oh I had a good time laughing at them!
The sections kept falling off as they went up the hill. I was dying!
Finally they were done so we went on one of the last pontoon rides of the year. :(
Dylan and Drew. They always have so much fun together.
Avery and Elsie Mae. Best buds!
Well thats all! I know that must have been so exciting!!! Stay tuned…I’ve got more….someone had a birthday….:)