After a few days on the road, we took the girls to the Mall of America. It was awesome to do something like that as a family. I loved watching the girls take it all in.
We got to Mom and Dad's and it felt like we couldn't get outside fast enough. The air was cool and fresh. We hopped on the four wheeler and went back to the cabin. We pulled the paddle boat out onto the water. There wasn't a breeze and the water was calm. We felt the cares of life just slip away. We decided then and there that we need more of that in life. We've set goals to make that happen. A slow, simple, quiet life does wonders for the heart.
On Saturday, we went to the Zeleznikar family reunion up at Grandma's cabin. More fresh air. More family. More quiet. Oscar met Great Grandma Z. It was love at first sight. :)
On Sunday we had lunch with Uncle Eric, Uncle John, Victoria and Grandma Lund at Mom and Dad's.
Monday was my 31st birthday. Mom and Dad took care of the girls for the evening while Donald, Oscar and I went out for supper in Duluth. We ate outside and indulged in ice cream while looking over the board walk and Lake Superior. It was perfect.
The girls loved spending time with Grandma and Grandpa. They caught a couple of fish and played with lily pad slime. :)
On Tuesday we went with Mom to the Great Lakes Aquarium and Canal Park. The girls fed the sea gulls and we strolled down the pier.
That night, we roasted hot dogs with Jordan and Jill. There's just something about a campfire....
This picture is more than just a gluten free muffin and chai tea latte. It's a few quiet minutes alone after a birthday massage. It's sitting in the coffee shop and getting to know the locals. It's a small town. It's home.
We met Dad for lunch on Thursday at the Lazy Bear. A trip is not complete without a visit to see Big Louie.
Thursday night, we went to Wisconsin Point and roasted more hot dogs. It was good to see old friends and the kids played as though they had never been apart.
On Friday, we went to see Grandma Lund at her new place. It was special to see her hold Oscar...I think Grandpa would have liked to hold him too.
It's always good to see family. Five little Waldos sitting on a couch...
On Saturday morning we packed up and had a farewell breakfast at the Lazy Moose with Mom and Dad, John and Victoria and Victoria's brother.
Goodbyes are so hard. We had a wonderful week at home.