Thursday, June 28, 2012

More Vacation....it never ends!

I have to share the rest of the Trout Lake photos so I can return from a trip to Mom's house and Door County and start all over again with the summer vacation photo sharing!
I got a sample from Guy while he was cooking the fish.

There is nothing like fish caught the day you eat it.  And then add some Aunt Nancy special seasoned breading and dip it in a vat of peanut oil to cook it.  Seriously, I'm a Friday night fish fry girl from Wisconsin and I've never tasted anything better!
Aunt Nancy made sliders ala "White Castle".....
So good, so wrong.....you could eat them all night!  Ground beef, mayo and cheese (hello!) You can easily prep ahead and bake for a party.
 After a cool dip, a hot sauna warms the soul.....
 I can't walk past an anchor and a coil of rope without taking a photo!
 Dusk near the dock with the fish flying high....
 World's Best Donuts from Grand Marais....
 Blooms on the path....
 Red Solo cups and tackle boxes, the makings of a good country song....
 My flip flop adorned foot.....always in a photo....
 New landscaping.....
 Looking up....
 The new sign....
 Luna Moth...
Amazing!  I was so excited to see this.
 Freak show kids on the trip....
 Wearing lipstick to town....(It's somewhat against the rules of this kind of vacation!)
 Three kids and a moose....
 The best store in town...Vintage delights!
 This is the second year in a row that this dress draws me in.  1940's gown with butterflies.
 Local artists.....my favorite kind!
Love these images printed on old book pages.
 Hauntingly sad.....
 The old fountain sign and counter....
 Where do I begin?  I want everything!
I have been smart enough to NOT start buying old books.
I am drawn to them and would become a book hoarder.
 Yarn delights for Nancy!  (We had to take her back her to drool over the goods!)
 I never tire of the kids playing near the water and rocks....
 Well hello there feet!
 Long Legged Sally (Lauren)!
Come on kids!  Time to head back to the lake!  It's cocktail time for cripes sake!  We don't have time to bury you in the rocks!!!
 Uncle T-Bones big fat fish!
 Evan and Rusty posing with T-Bones fish.....
 Evan, T-Bone and Cleo with the famous fish....
 Lovely girls in the lovely lake....
 Six and Eight year old's love to throw out the bunny years and peace signs......
 Streaming sunshine....
 Gonna jump in and take a dip....
 Ridin' my bike on the dock.  Cuz I'm cool like that.
 Reflection...
 There's that damn foot again!  It just keeps popping into the photos!
Dock House......one of my favorites.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Vacation Bible School.....

I will admit that VBS is a fantastic bargain for a mom who is returning to life after a week of family vacation.  I will also admit that three solid hours without both of my children is a dream come true.  I worked out, g-t the house in order, ran an errand or two and picked up the kids refreshed and ready to do something fun.  We checked out a new park, went thrifting, got ice cream and visited a local cafe for a bakery treat.  All of which I would normally not feel like doing with the other list looming in my head.  I was a cool mom for one week.  
This is the church and school where Lauren attended M,W,F full day preschool the year before she went to Kindergarten.

What I didn't expect was all the crying and freaking out when I dropped Evan off.  But we got through it and he grew and I grew.  When it is your second child it is much easier to do.  What I also didn't expect was Lauren's desire to go to the Friday night dinner and presentation of the all of the songs they learned during the week.  But really, why wouldn't she want to?  So we spent a wonderful Friday evening at church.  These kids teach us stuff.  It's incredible.
Evan didn't do much singing but he was excited and quite excited that he happened to be sitting in the pew right in front of me.
Look at me......in church on a Friday night.
I grew up in a tight-knit old school Lutheran church.  I was involved in the choir, Sunday school, VBS, and almost any activity for the children of the church.  Holiday pageants, confirmation, and lots of fun stuff too.  Pictured Rocks boat cruise trip, ski/sledding/hot chocolate events, all things that made me feel connected, welcomed and it gave me structure.  Kids love structure.  

Every Sunday we went to church.  I was not always happy about that, but breakfast afterward with my Grandma and a stop at her house made me happy.  I always remember sitting in the pew with my Mom, Dad and sister.  When we stood up I felt a surge of pride.  This was my family and we were together.  And we were some of the tallest folks in the church and that made me feel pride too.  

Today my feelings are quite unsettled when it comes to religion.  I am happy for the foundation that my parents gave me but I'm not sure how to proceed with my own children.  Watching Lauren sing brought all these memories and feelings back to me.  I want them to have choices.  I want them to have love and acceptance.  I felt all these things on Friday night.
As usual, it is heart warming to see your children perform.  The message of the week was "Trust God no matter what."
My favorite photo....
The time, energy and efforts to put this amazing camp on for a week astound me.  (Did I mention it was only $20 per child for the whole week?) The selflessness of all the volunteers was humbling.  They also participated in a great charity called "Shoes for the Poor" and they had a goal to collect 400 pairs of shoes and during VBS week they collect over 800!  

VBS was a great way to kick off summer vacation!  I love that Lauren and hubs have discussions about religion already.  He tells her to keep her mind open.  I add with, "keep your heart open too."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

High Falls of the Pigeon River....

The next installment of vacation photos.........
A lovely church and meadow on the way to the falls.....as hubs said, "It's a puzzle photo!"
 Scenic Over look....
 The clouds were rolling in....
 Magnificent......
There is nothing like a little day trip with random stops along the way for gum, gatorade, fig newtons and the best stops: scenic over looks!
 Kelly & Cleo....
 "We are making memories here people!!!" (my favorite vacation saying!)
 Evan Reed & Hubs....
 WE ARE HERE!
 Outside the Exhibit Hall which highlights the culture and tradition of the Ojibwe People...
 Ceelo Green....
 Evan is a little Marten.....
 Making our way to the Falls....
 A little artsy wood shot....
 SPECTACULAR!  Do you spy the rainbow?
 So amazing....
 Minnesota's number one waterfall!  (and highest!)
 Torrents of wild water plummet 120 feet down to the Pigeon River in this park on the U.S./Candian Border.
The falls, the highest in the state, presented a serious obstacle to river travel, so a "carrying place", or portage was necessary.  American Indians created the ancient nine-mile trail from Lake Superior to bypass the falls.  This trail became known as the "Grand Portage."
Very exciting stuff for buddy....
 Back in the exhibit center.....look up and see the eagle!
 Such a realistic mural!
(Goin' on a moose hunt....)
 Holla Turtle!
(always the poser)
just one more Mom!