Sunday, June 28, 2015

ECFE cabin weekend

Our ECFE cabin weekend was a little smaller than usual this summer--two families weren't able to make it.  The rest of us still had a blast at Andy and Kelly's cabin, but missed our other friends.  The kids enjoyed getting right into the water when we arrived Friday night.  They had s'mores later, then stayed up watching a movie together that night while the adults enjoyed the bonfire.  

Saturday was perfect for being in the water almost all day--swimming, taking the pontoon to a little sandbar area, floating on the lily pad float, stand-up paddle boarding, paddle boat and jet ski rides--it was great!  We also enjoyed Kelly's game of lawn Yahtzee that she had made.

We ate lots of yummy food and had a great time just relaxing and hanging out.  Looking forward to the next time this group can hang out!

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Our church joined up with the Catholic church in town for another great week at VBS this summer!  Abby and her friend Olivia were in a group together, and Norah and I worked in the nursery again, this time with my friend Kaysie.  The theme this year was all about the town of Nazareth during Jesus' time.  The kids in VBS made some neat crafts and even had a little petting zoo on the last day.  They did a great job sharing several songs at their program on Thursday.  Since the nursery kids went to the opening/closing each day and we listened to the CD in the car to/from VBS each day, Norah knew the songs pretty well, too, so she wanted to join her friend Addy up front at the program.  She can't wait until next year, when she's old enough to go to VBS as well!

Saturday, June 13, 2015


We just got back a couple of days ago from our annual June fishing trip with Dave's family...the laundry is done, the pictures are uploaded, and it finally feels like we are ready to start summer!  This year, Dave and I went to a Twins game the Friday night before fishing with a group from my school to celebrate a friend who is battling cancer for the third time.  Since we were out late, that meant for a later wake-up and start time for our trip up north.  It was no big deal, though, because that Saturday was rainy too rainy to really fish.  Dave and his dad did end up bailing out the boat and going out for a little bit that night.  Dave's sister, Tracy, came for just the weekend, and the girls loved hanging out with her.  We settled into a good routine while we were up there--Abby got up at 6 with Dave and his dad to do some morning fishing while Dave's mom, Norah, and I slept in a little bit.  After a late breakfast, we'd fish until late afternoon when we'd come back to Eagle Lake for naps/quiet time.  After supper, the girls were then up for fishing again until 8:30 or 9 since the evenings were so nice.  The weather was warm enough for the girls and Dave's mom to do some swimming at Eagle Lake, and also for a quick afternoon trip to Buffalo River State Park to check out their sand-bottom swimming pond.  It was perfect for the hot day on Tuesday!  We also enjoyed stopping at a cute little malt shop on the way back.

On the drive home on Thursday, it was beautiful--sunny and 70s--but we knew it was rainy and chilly at home, so we decided to stop and picnic at Charles A. Lindbergh State Park on the way home (and cross off state park #18 on our passport).  It was pretty buggy, but fun to check out a trail and see a couple of historic buildings.