Friday, September 18, 2015

Cabin Adventures

We made sure to fit in a trip to the cabin this summer, especially since the kids were asking everyday in the middle of winter! I have black and white photos on the wall in our main bathroom that are all bits and pieces from around the cabin. So everyday, they get to see those photos and say, 'remember when we went to the cabin and........' and it makes us all smile.

Makes me tear up thinking about it honestly. Why am I so sappy all the time?? I'll tell you why. it's kids. Having kids makes you cry at a Pampers commercial. The music and the baby toes and everyone laughing....instantaneous tears.

But really, my family is looking at getting a new 'cabin'. Something closer would be ideal. We all want to spend more time up north but this place is starting to become less and less ideal for us as an extended family. But the nostalgia and the memories and the 20 plus years that everyone has been coming up here, makes us all sigh at thinking of moving on.
One of the first things to do after getting out of the car is running to feed the horses carrots. Ava has become more brave over time when it comes to animals.
But Austin just gets right in there without hesitation!

Grandpa always puts on his waders and gets in the water to clear out junk under the deck. You may think he does this just because he likes cleaning but it actually gives us a clear view of the hundreds of minnows and the infamous larger than life snapping turtles.  Oh, and can you imagine a cabin trip without Red Vines? Thanks Mom!
Grandpa found some clams during his cleaning :)

Oh and there is chicken coops now! Love those black and white ones!

We spend a lot of time down on the dock. Watching the fish and feeding them spaghetti. Waiting for the turtles to come eat their cut up hot dogs. We wait to see how many turtles show up. This time there were 3 extra large ones.

I couldn't resist watching Grandma and Ava on the other dock splash their feet in the water.
We collected pine cones for the firepit.
And took canoe rides to pick flowers from the lily pads.

We caught frogs quite fast this year. Thanks to Grandpa and his amazing frog catching abilities. Austin loves to hold them (or squeeze the life out of them really!). And Ava doesn't even like to touch them!
Grandpa caught dragonflies to tie on fishing string so the kids could have dragonfly pets. They weren't a fan. As soon as it would try to land on them they tried to run away while still holding the string. Funny to watch but not so much to the kids. (haha!)
I love this photo of Ava. Reminds me how girlie she is but at the same time look at her face? She doesn't mind getting dirty at all! I love that I can see all the baby hair surrounding her braids.

Grandpa makes sure to point out the bright colored belly of the frog. What would we do without you!? He has such love and knowledge for nature.

Probably about the only thing Ava would hold was a minnow. And I can imagine that I snapped this photo in the one second she let it lay in her hands before it probably flopped and made her jump!

S'mores. Sticky goodness that is a MUST no matter what when we are out in the woods.
And a beautiful sunset to end the night. We only stayed one night which is about all we really need. I never get good sleep on our trips with the kiddos. Austin stayed with me and did ok for the most part but Ava was up throughout the night asking when it was time to wake up. Plus, if you can imagine all of the above happened in ONE day. We can pack a lot of fun in and that also includes walking down to the dam and in the creek to find more clams and shells and even a snake!

I will miss our cabin adventures here. But, a new place will give us new memories and hopefully with it being closer, we can go there many more weekends in the summer.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Fourth

Confession time: I totally let the 4th of July post get forgotten. Woops! I don't think anyone was dying to see this besides maybe my Mom. Love you!

Speaking of, she helped pull everything together as usual. But that's the fun of having Martha Stewart as your Mom.
We had lots of fun together while preparing for the day. We became overly and completely obsessed with all things nautical and patriotic.
And no party is ever complete anymore without cookies from Sweet Tree's Cottage Bakery. Not only do they taste as good as they look, but you wouldn't believe the detail she puts into her treats. On the navy parts of the cookies she stamped an opaque anchor that you wouldn't even notice unless you were paying attention to the details (which of course my family does). It was the cutest detail ever!!
Goodie bags were made for cousins and neighbors. Minion glasses, balloons, chapstick, bubble gum, pop rocks and more were inside. Basically everything that as a Mom, you say to yourself 'When they go to bed, I am hiding this!'....unless you are me, then you say to yourself, 'When they go to bed I am going to eat all of this!!!'
We found a fry box tutorial online and it was pretty easy to print and make. The whales were cut out from stampin' up designer paper.
Who doesn't love cheese balls!? Yes, they still make them.
Cut off the top of the fry box, and you have yourself the bottom to a sail boat. Bam!
Flag cookies. Everyone in my family looks at these and thinks of Grandma Jackie. She loved the themed cookies they come out with every holiday. I personally like them undercooked. Gross to some but yummy to me!!
Lemonade and Iced Tea. The peaches were amazing at this time of the year. I wish I had ate more!!
At one point my Mom shouted to me, 'You have to get a picture from this angle.' So I did.
We are all about the details even if that means everyone has to drink out of a pretty paper straw that always ends up getting soggy. Plus the kids love them. That iced tea was so pretty with the peaches in it. Yes, me and my family are kinda nuts. That's what I love about them :)
Water balloons were a huge hit. The kids would have let me sit there and make them for hours.
We even got Great Aunt Fran out for a boat ride. She also got a free mani and pedi by yours truly! It was a gorgeous day that day. Lots of lake fun. I did more relaxing, making queso, eating guacamole, and laughing than I did taking pictures. I was totally ok with that. I love documenting the fun but also just relaxing and being a part of it.
My little surfer dude
Austin's favorite past time is pushing Grandpa into the lake. He does it over, and over, and over again. We wore Grandpa out for sure.
And every single time Austin laughs just as hard.
Grace didn't want her photo taken but that's ok because she can do whatever she wants. She's as cute as a button.
I can't say enough thank-you's to all the veteran's out there including my husband. I am so unbelievably proud of him that if I write anymore I'll burst into tears. Things in life are just that much more emotional after having to leave your better half on a bus knowing he's going to war overseas. That memory is engrained in me for ever and ever. Two words. Thankful and Blessed.
Another successful summer family holiday. I'll take 8,000 more of those please! Not only that, but to end the night with an amazing neighborhood firework show! The kids stayed up to watch the fireworks and weren't phased one bit by the late late late night for them. They were wired beyond belief. I wish I could just hit replay and do it all over again.
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