Lake Life

Long Minnesota Goodbye: Kiddo Addition

Because one day at the lake just isn’t enough….and the pictures are just too good not to share.
IMG_4470We quickly accepted another invitation from our friends Heidi and Brannon to spend another day out  on their boat.  This time though they invited all the  kiddos. 

Our friends seriously have the sweetest kids.  I don’t know what their parents have done but they are all so much fun and easy to be around.  
IMG_4474 The little kids waited while the big kids played.  IMG_4477 IMG_4481 IMG_4482 IMG_4485 IMG_4488 Henry watched with some serious concern, he kept thinking we were going to leave his Mom or Dad just floating in the water.  IMG_4489 IMG_4490 IMG_4491 IMG_4493 IMG_4494 IMG_4495 IMG_4497 IMG_4499 IMG_4501 IMG_4503 IMG_4506

The older kiddos entertained the littlest ones.  IMG_4508 IMG_4509 IMG_4521 IMG_4522 IMG_4523 IMG_4525 Then Hailey girl showed us her stuff!  She has been wake boarding for a couple summers and is getting up and outside of the wake now!IMG_4526 IMG_4529 IMG_4532 IMG_4537 Tyler could have wake boarded all night.  IMG_4545 IMG_4546 IMG_4547 IMG_4548 IMG_4550 IMG_4554 IMG_4556 A couple more years for you little buddy…
IMG_4561 You know you are getting older when the cup holders no longer are holding beer bottles but rather sippy cups.  IMG_4565

Long Minnesota Goodbye: Scenic Sisters Addition

Our long Minnesota goodbye continued the other night with an awesome evening of boating with my work friends and their hubbies.  It was the kind of night Minnesotans dream about during the winter months when the temperatures can reach 40 degrees below zero.  The lake was calm, the water was warm, and the sunset was amazeballs.  


Apparently tubing is one of those things in life that continues to get better with age.


This picture continues to get funnier the longer I look at my own face.



However,  flipping the tube back over does not continue to get better with age.


Heidi & Katie


Show-offs 🙂



Mitch surfing


Whoooo hoooo, she’s got it


Love that expression


Katie’s turn

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Sarah won the award for most persistence


I also really enjoy this series of pictures


I love that she is smiling on her way down


I also love that all you can see in this picture are her feet

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Brannon got to surf on gold that night…the light was amazing!



This picture won the award of favorite shot of the night, Minnesota sunsets never get old.



Thank you Heidi and Brannon for a great night!  Thank you Steve, Katie, Josh, & Sarah for coming out, I will miss you ladies more than words can express.  Your friendship has brought so much fun and laughter to my life.  

Long Minnesota Goodbye: Bemidji Edition

Bemidji has such a special place in my heart.  I went to college there, met awesome friends there, met Mitch there, and got engaged there.  We have so many awesome memories there and love that we still have friends that are in the area so we can create even more.  While we were in Walker with Mitch’s family we knew we had to carve out some time to hang out with these awesome people.  Mother Nature and the Work Gods were pulling in our favor as it was a gorgeous day on Friday and our friends were either able to take the day off of work or sneak out after a half day.  We dropped the boat in the water early in the afternoon and stayed out till the sun went down.  

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Long Minnesota Goodbye

With less than three weeks remaining before we get on the plane and head for Kuwait we are officially in the midst of the Long Minnesota Goodbye.  We want to see as many of our friends and family as possible in the next few weeks and we are starting that off by spending a week up in Northern Minnesota with Mitch’s family.


We spent as much time as possible on the lake….


Doing a whole lot of nothing.


Naps were non-negotiable, everyone was required to take a daily snooze.


The person who remembered to bring the frisbee was a genius, it provided hours of entertainment including a game of fire frisbee.


This little munchkin is my Sister-in-Law’s pooch, he was exhausted by the end of the week.


Seriously, how cute is that cabin? VRBO you rock!


Jody and Katie in the middle of an Instagram lesson.


This was our first time using VRBO and will definitely be using it again. It was such an awesome way to have all of our family under one roof.


Mitch and his dad playing some bean bags


We had a beautiful cabin, and a wonderful time


Cooley’s first time at the lake.


He loved (wait never mind) he was actually quite scared of the water, but thought the ducks wanted to play!


The frisbee is the key to any good vacation


We had a perfect sunset every night,


Mitch doing some late night jet ski riding


…which made the thought of leaving this amazing state even more bitter sweet.


All in all a great way to spend time with your family, at the lake with no agenda.