Family Fun Time-4th of July

For the past ~6 years we have celebrated the 4th of July at the cabin.  Generally, we spend 1-2 days leading up to the party working and prepping for the big day.

This year was similar, except for the fact we did a bit of playing as well!

The old white picnic table is now a festive red!

All the ladies chillin' on the raft

Crazy Sylvia and her squirt gun

Look at mommy!

Water balloons - catch Grandpa!

Now it's Grandmas turn!!!

Crazy Violet is gonna get you!

Out lovely family... Lucy is pulling away, Violet isn't looking, and Sylvia is trying to hide.  Sounds about right!!!

Up next - pictures from the 4th of July Celbration...

New Family Tradition

With the end of the school year comes family vacations.  Our new tradition is heading up the North Shore for a couple days.

First we stop at Spirit Mountain to ride the alpine twister.  Looks like it will be a couple more years until Sylvia can ride by herself!

The hike back up to the top of the mountain is also a fun ride...

Most of our time is spent on the beaches sorting rocks and looking for agates.  I think one of these years we will actually find one!

While the sun was out, the wind was howling and most days were in the 50's / 60's, so the girls were a bit disappointed that they had to be bundled up the whole time.

Tom's Logging Cabin was a new destination this year.  We were surprised with the quality of the exhibits and found them to be very educational.

While at Tettagouche State Park, we tried geocaching...  it took us a couple miles into the woods, but we were able to find the cache!

We didn't see any ships at the lift bridge in Canal Park, but we did come across this 1,000 footer while in Two Harbors.

Another new destination this year was to Ben and Bonnie's house in Hayward, WI.  As you can see the change in local brought with it new temperatures.  It was nice to be in shorts again!

We stopped at the local wildlife park.  It was pretty amazing, but the coolest part was how the goats would pull up the buckets of corn by themselves!  The girls really got a kick out of them..

Violet's best friend was Butterscotch the bunny.

Following dinner, we also were able to celebrate the girls' birthdays.  There were streamers, ballons, and party favors all over the house!

The two girls may have gotten a bit "sugared up" and starting banging Ben in the head was the balloons.  I am pretty sure he didn't mind ;-)

The next day we headed back home to start our "normal" summer of day camp and trips to the cabin.  However with Grandma Chicken retired, the girls have a few more trips planned this summer.  More to come!

Happy Birthday Violet!!! She is 5!!!

Our little one is growing up!!!   This past weekend, Violet invited a few friends over for a birthday celebration.

Butterflies in the trees and two happy girls!

The kids "cooking" before lunch

Lunch time...

A new game created... kick the ball while on the swing

I think she is getting tired of mom taking pictures - notice full piece of cake untouched!

Two happy girls closing out a great birthday party!!!

It's Spring!

 Violet and Sylvia's first baby cousin was born on April 14th. His name is Daniel Louis. He seems pretty perfect. He just sleeps and snuggles. I guess he cries when he gets his diaper changed, but I don't believe his parents. He is just too perfect!

Sylvia was pretty excited to hold him. Violet still needs to warm up to the idea. 

The girls also experienced their first convertible ride in Grandpa's fancy car.

After Grandpa "peeled out" and "fishtailed" a bit down the road, here was the girls reaction.  We are going to have to watch out for Violet... she is a bit of a wild child!

(It should be noted that Adam was not present for this horseplay.  He is the responsible parent!)

Slip and Slide

A missed blog post from last summer...  sending warm thoughts your way this cold winter week!

Happy Holidays!

It has been a while since we have posted, but with school starting back up tomorrow and us headed back into the office, we wanted to share a quick Happy Holidays post.

We headed out to Cokato Lake for Christmas this year.  While the day of was pretty brown, we got 6+ inches of the white stuff on the day following Christmas.

Perfect for snowmobile rides...

Chucking tennis balls to the pups...  

and snow angels!!!

We also cleaned the heavy snow off the tree branches for Grandma.

Winter is finally here!  Looking forward to more fun times both in Woodbury and Cokato Lake throughout the rest of the winter!  We may even get around to another blog post :-)

North Shore

Our North Shore trip with the extended McCracken crew was a great adventure for the whole family.  Between the 12 or so of us, we shared three cabins right on the water.  I mean RIGHT on the water.  Steps from our front (or back) door was Lake Superior.

While the shore was more one large rock, than the millions of small Lake Superior rocks we are accustomed to, it did make for some fun adventures.

Sylvia taking dad to her "climbing spot"

The girls chillin' on the ledge

Another rocky beach with some nice waves...

Of course we needed to stop at Gooseburry Falls

Big cousin Jared hanging out on the rocks

For the most part the weather was great... it was a bit warm to start the trip, but we survived due to multiple fans in the cabin.  As a matter of fact, it was enjoyed so much, we are already booked for 2016!  See you in 11 months North Shore!