Monday, September 10, 2012

Summer fest 2012

A couple years ago, a friend of ours invited us and several of our friends up to his family's cabin for a fun weekend away. It instantly became a tradition. Earlier this year, we added a winter weekend to the list (best idea ever!), too. After last summer's trip, my camera somehow destroyed nearly all of the photos, and I was so disappointed! This year, I was sure to capture as much as I could.

While it's past labor day and in most peoples' minds full fally now, this year's weekend got pushed out to this past weekend. We were hoping for warm weather anyway, but Saturday was actually rather crisp and cloudy. We made our mandatory boat trip to a local bar and restaurant for lunch anyway, but after freezing our butts off, we decided against spending the day on the water like we usually do. It was actually kind of nice to have lots of time to relax.

Everyone gathered Friday evening and we spent most of the night playing games around the cabin. We're a rather competitive group, so the night was full of shouting, pillow throwing, and of course plenty of laughs.
Pretty sky on our drive up!
Friday night games!
The game of the weekend - Catch Phrase!
Saturday morning a few of us went into town for some coffee and breakfast. We spent most of the morning around the cabin (a few people went for a run; I was not one of them), and eventually packed up and headed to a late lunch. We finally got back to the cabin and regained feeling in our extremeties. Sean and I went into town for a bit while some others took naps or watched college football. We played a few more games, made dinner, and headed out to the bars for a bit. Most people stayed out till closing; my friend Claire and I were (happily) home and in bed by 11:30.
Saturday morning coffee
Chilly boat ride
This pretty much sums up how cold we were
Sunday morning we relaxed around the cabin while the boys' excitement for the football kickoff grew exponentially. They claimed spots around the TV, their laptops and iPads with fantasy football info perched in their laps, and stayed there all morning. We ordered lunch from Zorbaz, a popular lake restaurant in several Minnesota cities, and chowed down while watching the football game. I took a few quick photos of baby C outside, we captured our annual group photo, and then Sean and I hit the road at half time (he was anxious to get home for his team's game, the Packers).
This year's crew


Baby C's impromptu photo shoot
All in all it was a wonderful weekend away. The fresh northern lake air, good friends, abundant laughter, and two blissfully carefree days. Just what the doctor ordered!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Snapshot of a long weekend

One of the best things about long weekends—aside from the obvious extra day to relax—is that you start your week on a Tuesday! No case of the Mondays over here, and we’re already a whole day closer to ANOTHER weekend. Double win!

We had a fabulous, fun-filled weekend. I took Friday off work to catch up on some much needed things, like the disaster that had become our house. It took me all afternoon but the place finally looked like somewhere you actually want to spend time again. When Sean got home from work, we went out for a quick dinner and rented The Hunger Games. I was surprised he agreed to watch it, but he believed me when I said it’s popular among men and women alike!
Oliver enjoyed the movie, too, obviously.
Saturday morning we were up early to rent a trailer and move a few last things from Sean’s mom’s house. When we got home and noticed that our freezer temperature was climbing far too high, we got on the phone to try and find an appliance repair man who works on weekends. After several dead ends, I got a call back from an incredibly nice man who said he thought he could talk me through it over the phone. Most of the time, he said, the filter just needs to be cleaned. So instead of his nap Sean got to take apart the fridge and clean the hell out of it with a ShopVac and an air compressor. (But the freezer was back to its usual temp later that night, so we were thrilled!)
When he was done, he got ready for a bachelor party while I went to run errands before my friend’s bachelorette party. Later, I met up with the girls for a night on the town. We started with the Pedal Pub, followed it up with dinner at Fabulous Fern’s (where I had one of the best pasta dishes of my life!), and then hit up a bar in Lowertown. I actually beat Sean home, which is a first!
The bridesmaids wore tie dye, but we also had an semi-80s theme going on, too.
The bride-to-be!
Two of my oldest and dearest friends - we go back to grade school! (And don't you love the crimped hair?
She totally wins for best dressed!)
The whole pedaling crew!
We slept later than usual on Sunday, but I eventually got myself moving for the day. I cleaned out and organized our garage for a bit, and then made a much-needed trip to the gym and the grocery store. Then, we got all dressed up and headed out to my cousin’s wedding for the night.

Even though we had mountains of laundry to do on Monday, we decide to visit the Great Minnesota Get Together for a couple hours. And I’m glad we did! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, so the last day of the fair was our first opportunity to go, but it’s a tradition. We had to get some of our favorite treats and our annual Christmas ornament (a tradition we got from our best friends who do the same). It was warm and crowded, but we had a great time. By the time we got home, I felt gross and exhausted. I took a shower—the best feeling ever after being full of sweat and dirt, if you ask me—and sat on the couch until bedtime.
Part 1 of our must-have list: Turkey To Go, Shaved Ice, and Fresh French Fries
Part 2: A malt from the dairy building, spinach and artichoke ravioli, and sweet corn
1. Crowded! 2. Tried to convince Sean to go on this ride, but he (thankfully) convinced me I would be terrified. 3. Our Christmas ornament! 4. Checking out the cars  5. Last horse show of the day!

And here we are, back to work already. How was your weekend?