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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I Hate Mosquitoes

I honestly think Minnesota has a different breed of mosquitoes, not so distantly related to Pteradactyls.  I worry one will carry Rae off and that we will all be anemic before the first frost (which I am told often happens in August and that is just weird).

Things have been pretty uneventful for our second week up here.  I am feeling a bit abandoned though.  Robert left out really early Sunday morning for Independence, KS.  Luckily the kids and I plan to stick close to Babbitt.

The past month finally caught up to me because I felt like crud all day Tuesday and most of of Wednesday.  I did feel up to going to services and I'm glad we were able to.  The lesson was great and it was nice to be able to visit.  The girls finally got to meet Hope, she is 9, so she is right between my girls in age.  The three of them buddied up very quickly:)

Luckily Robert only has to be gone for one week and should be home by Saturday.  This is the first time in four years that we've been able to spend his birthday together.  He just wants to stay home and relax which sounds perfect to me.  I made a gluten free lasagna, using zucchini instead of noodles and lime cheesecake for dessert.

Hopefully things will continue to move along smoothly and I really hope to start getting us into a decent routine next week.  I'm anxious to start hiking on the trails and working on getting back in shape.

Robert was not at all impressed with the heat in Kansas and several of his co workers had never been out of the Minnesota area, so needless to say they will appreciate the highs in the mid 80's and no humidity here a little more when they get home.  They don't believe me that it has been a pretty mild summer down south so far.  People  in Minnesota have no clue what heat is, we haven't broke 90 degrees and they have extreme heat warnings airing on the radio.

Hopefully by next week my computer will be fixed so I can post pictures:)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Finding Joy in the Journey

So far things have ended up going pretty well, we rolled out on the 6th at about 5:40am and arrived in Babbitt around 10:45ish.  Our drive went very well, not much big city traffic and the weather was beautiful.
I was however pretty overwhelmed by the time we unloaded our stuff from the uhaul to the new itty bitty house. It was pretty chaotic since we just kinda stacked it as we came to it. Robert said we had goat trails through the house.
Sunday morning came way to early but we got up and headed to morning services.  It was so nice to meet everyone at the Virginia Church of Christ.  It was a little bittersweet though because I already missed the comfort of our congregation in Oologah.  A big downer though was that Ryann got sick in the middle of Bible Class, we honestly figured it was just motion sickness and exhaustion. After services we went and picked up mom and dad to take them to the underground mining museum in Soudan.  Of course as soon as we got there Ryann got sick again.  So I sat with her in the car while the others went down. My parents, especially Dad, enjoyed seeing the mine.
Monday Robert got off work early so we loaded up and headed to the North Shore, it was about 55 degrees and the breeze was pretty chilly coming off of lake Superior. We made several stops at different trails and hiked around. (For some reason I can't attach pics right now but I posted a lot on facebook).  Robert took us over the bridge into Wisconsin to see the dry docks, then onto Duluth to Gander Mountain.
Tuesday morning my Dad came over and helped me organize and put stuff away. (He is Awesome!!) Then after lunch Mom came over and we all jumped in and cleaned (she's awesome to!!) I'm pretty lucky to have them. By the time Robert got home it looked like a completely different house and I was feeling a lot less overwhelmed.
Wednesday we went to the lake for s picnic and the kids insisted on swimming.  They hadn't figured out that last year when we were here Minnesota had record breaking highs, this year has been pretty normal. So it was about 60 and breezy but they braved it because it is July and that means swimming. It didn't last long, especially once Lyle found a leach on his ankle.  I wish I could describe the scream but I'm still a bit embarrassed that my big ol' boy made that high pitched screech.
I had been dreading Thursday because mom and dad were going to leave but they decided to stay until Saturday.  So we went to another mining museum.
On Friday we went for another drive and then took mom and dad to dinner.
Saturday was by far the hardest day for me. I hated to see them leave but they made it home safely and Reunion will be here before we know it (that is what I keep telling myself anyway).