Thursday, July 2, 2009

Why I love Minnesota..

There's something special, magical about the Minnesota Lake Cottage that the Webber family owns on Lake Miltona. I always feel like we've been transported to a surreal time where life goes from sunset to sunrise over the big lake.
Even though the white caps were out and the wind was brisk, I still enjoyed every view of the lake in all its majesty. This visit did not provide the usual boating and swimming activities, buy we still enjoyed some of the finest "eats" in the midwest, cooked up by this little lady, Grandma Marilyn. (Will's mother) Homemade bread is her specialty.. (one of them)

Here is Grandpa Jon (Will's dad). Yes, they both are adorable and sweet. We had an enjoyable time watching his favorite "Vikingland band festival" held in Alexandria every year at the end of June.
It was three hours of some of the finest marching bands (in the world?) Grandpa Jon absolutely loves this, so it was a treat to enjoy it with him. Incidentally, we were there for the competition last year also--seems like a tradition we should try to keep!

The cooler weather provided some nice opportunities for projects. Grandma and I combined our sewing interests and tackled a project. Previous to this, she had a piece of fabric draped over the cushion on this beautiful wicker chair. After a little bit of sweating, we have:
New seat cushions!! Yes, that is cording! and a zipper in the back. The best part about this project is that it drew the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law together for some bonding time. I asked Marilyn if she remembers my first time at the lake (18 years ago?) we decided to make director chair covers complete with stencils. The chairs are gone, but the memory remains. There should be a lesson somewhere in there.

The last time I was there, we tackled this project, so this one was much "cleaner". Yeah!
Then there was about an hour for some "basement sewing"--the kind where you don't use a pattern and hope something comes out of it. I bought a yard of "fancy nancy" fabric and made Emily a little apron/ jumper. She loves it.. just don't look too closely.

The kids had fun and even swam once or twice inspite of the weather. Here are some miscellaneous scenes from the trip.

Minnesota.... see you next year!


Mrs. Parunak said...

Have fun!

Mrs. Parunak said...

Looks like you did have fun!

Shanna said...

Ah yes! Minnesota - to be home again soon. Glad you enjoy your time in my home state. :)