What did we do in MN?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I have been trying to figure out how to post the photos from our trip because there are SO many good ones and we did SO much while we were there.  I will likely make a slide show/video with music but that might take a while and I am not sure I will post it. I accidentally flooded the house today which has caused a few minor issues.  I was trying to pre-soak a piece of clothing in Oxi-clean and left the water running while I changed a diaper. Next thing I knew there was water everywhere.  Not sure how much the final damage is gonna cost me but I will never walk away from a running faucet again.

So here is a guided tour of the highlights of some of our trip....

On our way to the Lakehouse, Diana said we had to pose with this giant fish (a Walleye?) It is a Minnesota thing, I think.

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When we got to the cabin, we did some fishing...


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Ainsley taught Kate how to fish.  We love Ainsley.
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Kate got acquatined with "Mr. Jeff"
We love Mr. Jeff too.

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And she became very well acquainted with Piper (who is about the nicest dog I have ever met...we love you too Caymus)
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Then Captain Jeff (and Kate) took us for a spin around the lake...DSC_0136

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The peanuts loved tubing in the rocket! They had never done anything like that before.

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Ruby and Kate did a little playing on the trampoline before a delicious dinner.  Ruby is quite the gymnast.  I cannot get over her strength and coordination!
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The day ended with a campfire and s'mores. 
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I have some more photos from our trip that I will be posting. As I have said before, this is our digital family scrapbook.  I want to remember all of the fun details. 

39 comments:

  1. Looks like such a great trip! I love the lake...now Landree-that's another story :)

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  2. Love the photos. Looks like a blast, so happy you had a great time.

    If it is any consolation, I flooded the bathroom as we were leaving for vacation two weeks ago. I did the same thing...I placed an item to be soaked in the sink, ran to change Hannah and break up a sisterly quarrel. WHen I returned, things were floating...I felt so completely silly and panicked to get things cleaned up. It all cleaned up perfectly and only the towels were lost to the mess (they did not completely dry and I had to leave them in the dryer - it was raining). Needless to say, when we returned, those towels got tossed pronto, they smelled funny! (I did try to salvage them, but I swear I still smell the funky smell). So, new towels were had by all:)

    Hope you have a restful week getting back into the swing of things.

    Heather

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  3. Wow -- looks like a fabulous trip -- great photos!

    Janet

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  4. The pictures are wonderful!!! Looks like you had such a good time. : )

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  5. What fun pictures Kim! Looks like you got a good taste of Minnesota life.....although....I must say I've never sat in front of that fish before! :)....but I have been to the Muskie Museum in Hayward, WI....Now we are talking! :) So glad you had so much fun!

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  6. i love it! looks like you all had so much fun!

    and yes, the walleye is a minnesota thing. we had a cabin up near brainerd (a little past garrison) and we always seemed to stop and take a picture with the fish...for the past 20 years! our most recent was this past winter--too bad it doesn't look at nice because of the snow!

    glad you made it safe and sound and the flight was bearable!

    Lora

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  7. Beautiful pictures of your vacation with your sweet friends! Looks like a fabulous time was had by everyone!
    Sweet Blessings,
    Denise

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  8. What a blessing to finally meet each other in person!! I am continually amazed at the adoption community and how it binds people together forever. The pictures are gorgeous!!

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  9. Oh I just love all of the photos. Looks like you all had such a wonderful time and made alot of sweet memories. I can hardly wait to see more photos.
    I just love the precious swimsuits that Kate and Ruby have on. Too cute!

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  10. What a great time!! The picture of the boys tubing looks like so much fun! I love Kate and Ruby's matching bathing suits!

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  11. What a marvelous trip! I went to college in MN and have spent a fair share of time at the lakes too. You got a beautiful weekend and all your photos are just perfect!

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  12. So thankful the flight went well and looks like your visit was amazing! So happy all the kids had such a wonderful time. What a treasure to find such a precious friend!!! Hope you have a great weekend!!!

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  13. Hi!
    I am guessing you were soaking Kate's white sweater, so that means it is our fault you flooded the house! SORRY!:)

    So fun to see a recap of what we did!!! Tell Kate that Piper misses her!!!

    We miss you too... We are getting ready to head up north again late today! Maybe I will see some shooting starts this time!

    Love,
    Diana

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  14. The photos really captured the fun time you had! The kids are so adorable! I love their instant bonds with each other! It's like the Peanuts knew the Ruby and the Pearl all of their lives!

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  15. looks fantastic. And, Kate looks so cute in her surfer shorts.

    Lea
    xo

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  16. welcome home, what a great trip. thanks for sharing some of the memories with us!

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  17. Your photo's are fantastic! Glad to see you had a great time. The memories will be wonderful to hold on to, but the greatest thing to appear to come out of the trip is the gift of friendship that will last a lifetime.

    Enjoy those children, they are precious!

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  18. WOW...
    HOW FUN!!!!
    Love all the pictures...
    Looks like an amazing time...
    Great friendships are made on this amazing journey..
    Got your quilt piece... THANK YOU..
    I will post when I get home.
    HUGS..

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  19. I love the photo's! Looks like you guys had a blast in MN! Growing up I spent most of my summer's in MN and WI. My grandma had a cottage right on Lake Michigan in Door County Wisconsin. It was heaven.

    Sorry to hear about your flood!!

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  20. Looks like a blast!! I can't wait to see more pics!!

    Debbie

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  21. how surreal was that to have your lives converge finally? so glad you had fun and you did well on your flight! I am sure that feels so good to have that behind you and conquered! the pics are amazing and it looks like you guys had so much fun!!

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  22. OH KIM IT LOOKS LIKE YOU GUYS HAD A BLAST!! HONESTLY, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU WERE ON VACATION WITH US-- WE DO SO MANY OF THOSE THINGS WHEN WE VACATION-- WAY TOO MUCH FUN!!! THE GIRLS LOOK ADORABLE AND I LOVE THE COORDINATED SWIM SUITS-- TOO CUTE.

    GLAD THEFLYING WENT WELL AND GLAD YOU ARE HOME SAFE AND SOUND. LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE PICS!!

    CHRISYT :)

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  23. Looks like a wonderful trip. I was laughing at all the pictures. I have been posting similar ones of Meggie as we enjoy the lake my parents live on! Aren't the bonds created by adoption unbelievable? You and Diana are both blessed with your friendship.

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  24. WOW! That looks like an amazing time! Such cute photos! I want a cottage on a lake...someday! :)

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  25. Beautiful, beautiful, wonderful photos Kim! I'm so glad you had such a special time with friends. I can't wait to see more.
    Looks like all the kiddos just had non-stop fun. What a HUGE blessing. (and I LOVE the girls
    matching baithing suits)
    Welcome home!

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  26. Sorry to hear about your flood. We had a small fire on our deck yesterday so I know all about having some minor issues!

    Great lake pictures. Love the matching suits!

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  27. Fabulous pictures. I really love the one of Kate with the fish.....

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  28. love all the pics Kim and I am so thankful you had a smooth uneventful flight. Love the pics.
    Jacob came by when I was looking at the pics and said, she can drive??? when he saw Kate at the wheel:)
    Caitlyn looked at Kate Emerson fishing and said, thats me. :)

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  29. Kim
    So sorry about the flood. I have been there - when Joseph was 2 I had a similiar mishap. Wonderful pictures from a wonderful trip. Glad everyone had a fabulous time.

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  30. Great photos!! Looks like a wonderful time. So glad to hear you did well on the flight!

    Karen

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  31. Kim - I am SO proud of you. I knew you could do it!!! I know it took a lot of faith and obedience...in not letting fear get the upper hand. Way to go girl!! Looks like a fun trip. Glad you're home safe! Love the photos of Kate with the dog!
    Love ya -
    Mar

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  32. Great photos! It has been such a blessing meeting some of the families that we have through this adoption process. All your children are just beautiful!

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  33. Kim,

    It looks like you had a wonderful trip. I am so glad your flight went well...bravo to you!!

    Sorry about the water mess...no fun!

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  34. Looks like a great trip!! So glad you guys had a good time.

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  35. What a great trip. The lake looks beautiful. The kids look like they had a lot of fun:)

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  36. Such awesome pictures! Looks like a ton of fun.
    Holly

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  37. Looks like ya'll had a blast!! Can't wait to see more pics. The girls are so cute in their matching suits and tutus!

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  38. Love the pictures - glad your back! Glad you enjoyed your time in the great state of Minnesota! Looks like a wonderful trip! Sorry about the flood - I have done the same thing - eekkk! Hope all's well.

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  39. What great pictures and a great friendship!! Isn't it amazing what changes blogging has made in our lives? I just feel like a whole new world has opened! And what great friendships I have made.
    So glad that you are back!!

    Love,
    Chesnye

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