10.29.2015

10.18.2015

Weekend Highlights

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~ Running errands with just the girls Saturday morning (and going to the co-op, one of our favorite errands)
~ Making a big batch of chilly and having dinner "done" all weekend
~ Perfect fall weather
~ Working in the garden trying to get it ready for winter and finding more goodies I didn't know about
~ Wood (chopping, chain sawing, and folding sawing (if you're Jackson)) most of which is for next year
~ My dad coming out to help with the wood and joining us for chilly batch number 1
~ Jogging in the perfect fall colors
~ Having a family day of "work" where everyone is happy
~ Grace making a batch of cookies all on her own (well with one little helper)
~ Getting everyone bathed and clean sheets on all the beds
~ About to end the weekend with some sewing

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10.16.2015

Homeschool Group: Stone Soup

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{Listening to the story Stone Soup} Photo from Heidi

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{LOOK, they are eating the soup!!!} Photo from Heidi

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{Going for a carriage ride with Heidi's parent's horses}

This is my favorite homeschooling day every year.  Each family brings something to add to our giant pot which we cook over a fire.  There are seasonings set out and children are free to add what they wish to the simmering pot.  Despite the fact that nothing is planned, and usually even when we are eating it no one knows exactly what is in it, it is ALWAYS delicious.

Goodbye North Shore

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On our last day, we woke up and ate breakfast on our back "patio" over looking the lake.  We got going fairly quickly and stopped in Duluth for one more meal at my favorite restaurant (which I needed after the last few days of eating. Also what is with the kids menus everywhere??  Can we mix in a fruit or vegtable to our fried food choices at least?!)

On our way home Ryan and I talked about what how amazing it is up there and wondered why we don't visit more often.  We tentatively planned to make it an annual vacation, exploring new areas each year.  I like this plan.

As for the highlights, I think Ryan and I would say we liked Beaver Bay the best.  It was so beautiful and we had the it all to ourselves.  Although for me the Lighthouse was a close second.  I know I visited Split Rock as a child but I do not remember it making such an impression on me.  I loved the stories and the history of it.  I think Grace felt the same.  Although she also, along with Jackson and Nora felt the the pool was probably the best part.

10.15.2015

Day 3: Split Rock Light House

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{Taking a tour of the original house one of the lighthouse keepers lived in}

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{Inside the lighthouse with the "lighthouse keeper"}

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{The view from the beach}

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{We made sure to come back in time to get a lot of swim time in for our last night.  We even had pizza by the pool.}

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10.14.2015

Day 2, Part 2: Gooseberry Falls

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{Venturing across the river}


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{They made it!}

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{Hiking to Agate Beach from Gooseberry Falls}

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{Agate Beach}

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{Finding agates}

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{Building rock cairns}

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{Enjoying some ice cream after our long day of hiking}