After the longest winter ever and what has been a very slow starting summer, I feel like this weekend was the first in a long time where I fully believed that the season of sunshine was finally upon us.
Ryan, Wallace and I went with my mom, her boyfriend and my brothers to Lake of the Woods this past weekend for some sunshine and relaxation at a friend’s island. It was perfect and very much needed! We drove out in two cars on Friday afternoon and got home Sunday night. I am still drained from all the sun two days later, but you won’t hear me complaining! I’m a prairie girl for sure, and I refuse to complain about the super hot weather that we get 8 weeks a year when we spend six months bundled up against the snow and wind.
Because of the crazy cold winter we had, the ice stayed on the lake for a lot longer then usual and the friends we were visiting didn’t get to go out to their cabin for the first time until May long weekend! The water is crazy high out there right now (and also, a lot colder then usual). Lots of people lost their docks or they are just sitting under water. We had to wade through the lake to get out on to the boat to go out to the island (much to Wallace’s dismay and discomfort), because the water has just taken over the perimeter of most waterfront properties. Actually, when we were swimming on Saturday Jackson and Thomas had to pull this giant tree from the water:
When we were out there we celebrated my mom’s upcoming 50th birthday by spoiling her all day Saturday. We annoyed the crap out of her by not letting her clean up or get her own drink or serve her own food. We decorated the cabin in the morning, spent the day on the dock and made a fantastical dinner that night. My mom was thrilled!
Of course, the dogs loved being off leash all weekend. Wallace had a blast hanging out on the dock chasing bugs (so many black flies!! Ouch Charlie!) And Michelle was once again the dog whisperer – Oscar and Wallace never run from her and always love snuggling with her. It’s especially weird for Wallace, since he is always so skittish and anti-social with most people.
We did a little boating on Sunday, but other then that we were just fans of going back and forth between the lake and the hot tub. Beers and some sort of food were always in hand – there really isn’t much to complain about out here!!
And as always, Sunday evening came too quickly and we all had to pile in the boat and head for home. The weekend in the sun came at a great time for me, since Ryan and I have a couple weeks off coming up and I’ve been working extra hard at work to make sure everything is taken care of while I’m away. Now I’m looking forward to next week when I’m off for two whole weeks (I’ve never taken such a long work vacation before)! Our summers are too short here, so it’s best to take advantage of the great weather while it’s here.