My Kind of Blizzard

This day kinda looked like a painting to me. A blizzard was predicted, but this is about the most snow that fell. My kind of blizzard. Well….really, a DQ blizzard is the best kind, but I digress.

I’m trying to remember the painful cold because it’s so hot out and I want some ice cream. A beautiful picture of snow will work for right now. Onwards and upwards to hot days and sunshine all around.

{Craguns} One Day in 2013

Excuse me while I remember warm sand and three silly boys and a day at Craguns…

craguns6Loud, sensitive, shy, funny, insightful, thoughtful, loving, always hungry, great imagination…this describes The Three J’s. My {favorite} boys.

Oh, Jordan! When the family arrived, the first thing Jordan said after he jumped out of the van was, “Oh! You’re here! First grade is great! I had computer lab and they taught me about computers and stuff!” Jordan wanted to jump off the dock into the lake, but was told ‘no’ so….dragged a lawn chair into the water to jump off! He can entertain himself seemingly for hours on end with games he makes up and other random bits of imagination. (but then there’s the times when he says “Come play with us! I want a ‘dult to play with.” FUN!) Spreading lots of hugs around made everyone happy….even when he was wet and mom was dry. 😉

craguns3Judah. What a little sweetie! He likes to be clean, he likes ‘pwiiiiivicy’ and loves anything sweet. (He has a sweet tooth unlike anyone I’ve ever met!) Super polite, he enunciates things so properly (like mom) and says things like ‘I am not shy around you because you are not a stranger’ or ‘we will be on the same team so you won’t attack me wif da bawwoons.’ He likes Civil War stories and playing on the beach. It is so. much. fun listening to him tell stories, or hearing why we must do something. He has the most fascinating way of explaining things…I love this little J so much!craguns1craguns2Give ‘Gup 10 seconds and he’d be down in the lake playing in the sand. In his pajamas. or clothes. As long as he was in the water, he didn’t care much. Unless there was food involved. ‘Gup is so serious about his food. And your food. He will climb to get food, to get in the water, and just to climb.craguns5Vacation done in pajamas are best. Add a beach to improve said vacation. Combine pajamas at the beach and throw in The Three J’s and that vacation is pure gold. Even if it is only one day long on a Sunday.craguns11It was too windy to take the boat out right away, so we headed to the pool room. Where the Three J’s rode…a boat. And swam.craguns4After the pool room, we did some boating and playing at the park. Oh! The nice warmness of it all!!craguns8craguns10The Three J’s driving the boat…and of course, ‘Gup went straight for the horn! He knows his noise-makers. 🙂craguns7Who knew one day could hold so much fun? Fireworks, (glow-in-the-dark) balloons fights, boating, feeding ducks, playing in the pool room and at the park, sitting in the sun on the sand, and a million laughs at what The three J’s would say and do.craguns9I think somewhere in this day in between playing with the boys there was time to visit with Katie and Aunt Judy (Thank you as always for letting me crash your family vacation!) and Kris and Ryan and….

Do you have a favorite vacation memory from this summer?

Rain, Rain, Rain

I remember back when my cousin’s little family lived in Seattle her oldest, J1, got really tired of the rain. Katie told me that one day he was looking out the window and said, “It just keeps raining and raining and raining and raining. {sigh} And raining.” The Minneapolis weather of late has reminded me of that story. Every. single. day. Because…

It just keeps raining and raining and raining and raining. {sigh} And raining.

One this particular day in the beginning of June, it was raining while the sun was shining brightly. Happy!rain

{Ada} Finally Hot

Cole and Ada have the best park. Right in their backyard! These were taken before it was finished, but the toys are so fun! Ada loved swinging and Cole liked driving his car around the school house and filling it up with gas. Both Cole and Ada tried digging in the dirt, but the shovel was a *little* big.2ada 2cole 2coleada

Warm and Cold

Once upon a time, not too long ago. After a long, cold, snowy winter. Between warm snow-melting and snow coming down days. There was one. Perfect. Day where winter coats were shed down to sweaters and hats were donned and the puppies ran with their humans to the Doggy Park to frolic in the sun and explore, bark and talk.

I also got to play with Danica‘s lens baby for a while. Fun!

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Glorious Morning Glory

In this meadow starred with spring
Shepherds kneel before their king.
Mary throned, with dreaming eyes,
Gowned in blue like rain-washed skies,
Lifts her tiny son that he
May behold their courtesy.
And green-smocked children, awed and good,
Bring him blossoms from the wood.

Clear the sunlit steeples chime
Mary’s coronation-time.
Loud the happy children quire
To the golden-windowed morn;
While the lord of their desire
Sleeps below the crimson thorn.

{Craguns} Lazy Days

It is tradition. My Aunt and Uncle rent a cabin at Craguns. Every year, last week of July. A week of fun, sun and boating on Gull Lake far, far away from the city. Ahhh! And every year, various friends and family are invited to spend the day with them enjoying it all.

This year I was blessed to catch a ride with Rob and Kristin and spend a few days there. Meaning: more time with Katie and The Three J’s, entertainment of Ryan and Jayden’s antics, reading books, bonfires, laughs of little boys, making ice cream, first (and last) sunburn of the year…

Over the next week or so, I bring you pictures of the days spent playing and fishing and boating and celebrating birthdays and…

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