|So happy to see the Minnesota Welcomes You sign!|
Curt grew up hunting and fishing up in the woods around the cabin. When a piece of land became available, his parents bought it. The original cabin on the land was not so nice. Old and mostly run down, the human inhabitants shared the old cabin with bats, mice, skunks, and who knows what other kinds of critters.
On my first visit there - as Curt's new girlfriend- a bat started swooping around the room where we were staying. It was quite comical watching his dad try to hit the bat mid-flight with a fishing net while I screamed every time it flew near my head. I'm surprised they invited me to come back.
Other "big" things happened on that first visit to the cabin. Curt and I made a "Love Pie"out of leftover cement that we were using to repair the sidewalk. We wrote "C+J August 31, 1996" on a circular piece of cement. It's still at the cabin to this day, sitting on top of the rock garden we made on a work weekend when we were newly married. We also talked about marriage for the first time at the cabin - in the boat out on the lake. The cabin has some good memories for us.
Curt's parents eventually tore down the old cabin and built a new one in 1998. We got to be a part of the planning, dreaming, and building process. Once it was finished, we all got to enjoy it. We spent many weekends in our newly married years at the cabin hunting, fishing, boating, and playing. It is one of the things Curt misses the most about living so far away.
Curt loved bringing our family back to the cabin, especially now that our kids are old enough to remember it and enjoy it. Chad (Curt's oldest brother), his wife Lara, and our niece Madison worked tirelessly to get the cabin in tip-top shape. Lara and Madi hung "Welcome to the cabin" signs off the deck and as we pulled in, Chad set off a giant firework. What a way to start our time together.
|Our view as we pulled up the night we arrived.|
|The first night we arrived - Alexa got to come over really quickly to say hi|
|Katie turned 12 while we were there so Alexa came over on her hour break to squeeze Katie.|
|Grant got up on his third try|
|oh my goodness is he cute!|
|One time around the lake was more than enough for me.|
|Curt and Paige stuck to tubing|
|Grant and Katie watching Auntie Lara get up on the skies|
|Madi showing us how it's done|
The boys got up early to fish, while the ladies slept in. The kids fished off the dock when they weren't swimming or playing in the water with the dogs.
|early morning fishing|
The kids did a lot of four wheeling too. One day when Alexa was off work all six cousins loaded up on three four-wheelers and drove all the way into town. Ate ice-cream, played at the park, then drove home. They were gone for several hours and came home dust covered, with huge smiles.
|And they're off...|
Curt and I swam across Boy Lake while Chad and Lara boated next to us. .75 miles across without any panic attacks for me. BOOM! And thank you Jesus.
The other really fun thing we did at the cabin was celebrate Katie's 12th birthday. Everyone pitched in to make it special. Madi and Lara spent hours making and decorating delicious cake pops and planning a special dinner.
|homemade cake pops|
|My beautiful birthday girl|
|Happy birthday Katie Joy!|
|cousins playing camp games|
|Alexa and Paige waiting for their turn at the piñata.|
|Grandma Carole and Grandpa Mo with most of their grandkids|
|right before we left...|
Thank you Chad, Lara, Madi, Alexa, Mo and Carole for all the work you put into making it such a wonderful time. We love you.