Monday, September 13, 2010

Coloring outside the lines



It was Saturday morning...Labor day weekend.  Honey and I are just sitting around the kitchen table trying to think of something fun to do.  Most weekends are the same.  We do chores, run some errands, go to church, workout, blog etc...  We tend to stick to ourselves.  It's simple and comfortable.  There is an ease with being "off".  Does that make sense?   





But instead of doing the norm...we decided to "try on" spontaneous and declared a road trip to uncharted territory.  We quickly changed out of our jammies, threw some stuff in a suitcase, grabbed Fergie and away we went. We've lived by the Twin Cities for 6 years and have never explored Northern Minnesota.  So within a 1/2 hour we were driving...UP NORTH!






We listened to Out of the Grey most of the way.  Love them.  Husband and Wife Contemporary Christian group.  They haven't had anything new in forever.  Miss them!





I have a thing for old churches.  It's on my "to-do" list to paint one.  This one fit the bill.  Isn't it lovely:)




Neighbors catching up. 





No wonder every one goes UP NORTH here.  It was really beautiful.  Lots of pine trees.  Lakes everywhere of course.  A gorgeous drive.





After about 3 hours we finally reached our destination...Duluth.  It sits right on Lake Superior.  Did you know that?  Honey made so much fun of me.  He thought I had it all wrong.  I was right of course.  It IS Lake Superior.  Had to give him grief for that;)









As the girls colored their menus at the famous Grandma's restaurant, we proceeded to go through a list of hotels.  One after another told us they were full and that there were no more rooms anywhere.  Not to be detoured we proceeded to call and call until the very last one we came to said someone had just checked out.  It was 8:00 at night.  Talk about God taking care of us!!  He does that.  It always works out.








We had to burn an hour, so we walked along the water and took in the city at night.  It was really beautiful.







Grateful for a place to sleep.  Grateful to be together.







Not sure what these people are doing.  This place is called the Crib.  Apparently it used to be something, not sure what...and was abandoned.  People were changing their clothes inside.  Strange. 





We found it to be a wee bit chilly.  Our first taste of cool.  Ummm not sure if we're ready for this yet!







Best praline pecan ice cream evah!  I felt like I had just eaten an entire box of butter with pecans thrown in for good measure.  That can't be good.  Isn't that just the thing to do when your freezing?:)



Little Chick with her eyes closed of course!






Our park bench was right on this grassy area with all the seagulls diving and swooping.  Little boys were chasing them like maniacs, throwing bread on the ground and then not letting them land.  Felt a little sorry for the seagulls...and kind of wanted to drop kick some ornery boys!  Shhhh...shame on me;)





Honey summed up Duluth as "old and cold".  Not sure if that's a nice description or not, but he's right it was definitely old and cold.  Loved all the old buildings.  All the years of wear and tear just make them more beautiful.  I think quaint and invigorating might be a better description:)





I'm proud of us for going somewhere new, trying something different...being spontaneous.  Adding to our crayon-like box of experiences together.  This has definitely been THE year for that. 






Have a blessed day.



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75 comments:

  1. What a wonderful time! When I was young, my parents were a big fan of the spontaneous road trips and I have such happy memories from them. That's one downside of living on an island now, it's a bit trickier to accomplish. I'm so glad everything worked out in the end, and you had a fun weekend! Hope you have a great week!

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  2. Good grief you are up early - it's still morning in the UK so it must be the middle of the night with you!
    What a cool thing to do. I love spontaneous road trips but it's something we hardly ever do these days - there's always so much that needs doing at home. You've inspired me!
    ~Sam

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  3. I love this post! I think it is great that you all have such adventurous spirits and your girls are very lucky. The photos are fantastic and I like that you appreciate the beauty of simple things. I wish my husband had weekends off so we could have adventures.

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  4. What fun!
    I love all your photos, especially the rear view mirror!
    And you must keep my early hours Ms. Becky! A post before 5am---a girl after my own heart.
    My Stevie grew up in MN so we travel back to Alexandria at least once a year. (central MN with 300 some odd lakes in their little area!). It's so beautiful there in the summer. He went to Bemidji State for undergrad. Talk about cold. Brrrrrr. I think I've made a genuine Southerner out of him but we'd love to spend more time up there---like maybe the whole summer!
    So glad you had fun! You have such a sweet little family~
    love to you,
    edie

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  5. I haven't done something like this since before having children. What an awesome idea!!!

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  6. What a great adventure Becky ~ love doing something like this but I am usually a reservations type girl! lol I adore that old church and cannot wait to see what you create. Great week-end!

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  7. This is awesome. I love spontenuity...and road trips.

    I love the line "old & cold"...and was thinking that "Out of the Grey" could not have been more perfect. Yeah, whatever happened to them anyway? I miss them too. They're one of my all time favorites.

    Old churches (been thinking alot about them, lately), old structures and architecture...beautiful scenery.

    This post made me smile this morning. ;)

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  8. I love these pictures, what fun! And I almost felt chilly seeing you all in your long sleeves and jackets. It's still WAY hot here in Texas.
    I love spontaneous trips. I did that about a month ago. Woke up on a saturday and told my hubby I wanted to go to the beach. Within 30 minutes I was packed. Picked up my sister and off we went. My husband couldn't go b/c of work, but my 2 year old went with us! It was GREAT! (7 hour road trip each way)!

    ps. I love old churches too.

    love this post so much! happy!!!

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  9. That looks like lots of fun. Adorable family! I wear sweaters even in the summer...Old and cold sounds like me all the time! :)

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  10. that sounds soooo fun! love the pictures:)

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  11. fun times. :)
    great pictures. :)

    you wanting to drop kick some boys...hilarious.

    I have two that you'd definitely want to drop kick and that makes me laugh.

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  12. SO fun!! Good for you all!! I love spontaneous trips to un-chartered territory - those are always the most memorable!!

    Be sure to pop on by my place to read about the GIVE AWAY I'm hosting celebrating the completion of my Re-Ignite Date Night series!

    http://www.wonderwomanwannabe.com/2010/09/give-away-celebrating-re-ignite-date.html

    Cheers!
    ~h

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  13. So much fun! I love that you just got in the car and drove. And I love Duluth...what a great little town. Yes, it can be cold, but so much fun. I ran Grandma's Marathon a few years ago there, so it has a special place in my heart forever!

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  14. I love that you guys up and did this!!! And girl, I ADORE Out of the Grey. (Have we talked about this before?) Their first album is, and forever will be, in my Top 10. :)

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  15. Loved the pictures! Such great scenery:O) Love old churches too. Thanks for sharing:O)

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  16. Those are THE best kind of trips! My hubby loves to do stuff like that. Loved your pics, ya'll are too cute!

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  17. Good for you! What a fun adventure. The last picture is an especially perfect family shot! Looks like fun!

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  18. good for you guys! that sounds so absolutely fun to me! wait until you hear the spontaneous thing neal and i are doing... you will think we're crazy! Love hubby's hat. :)

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  19. Love road trips...but I don't think we've been that spontaneous! Good for you; it sounds like so much fun:) And gives me an idea...now where did I put my suitcase;)

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  20. What a wonderful way to spend the weekend!
    You made some wonderful memories for your darling family...those were the times I remember growing up, the times that we ventured off the beaten path.

    Beautiful images, Becky!

    XO,
    Anne

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  21. This entry makes me long to do something similar! We used to be more spontaneous when we lived near Atlanta....

    I think you've inspired me! :o)

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  22. First of all, your girls are beautiful!

    I love that church ~ you would paint it beautifully!

    AND ~ I LOVE Out of the Grey! Did you ever listen to the collaboration CD that susan ashton, christine dente, and margaret becker did? I think it was called Along the Road ~ that one is awesome, too!

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  23. I am so glad that you did that! It is great to explore new places and see what else is out there! Duluth is beautiful, never been but my grandparents used to go there and I was always intrigued by the photos! What great memories you made!

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  24. How fun. We don't seem to do things like that this year for some reason. I think we've lost our "fun factor" while on this journey!!! We might need to do something crazy to get that back. I love the brown hat by the way. Totally looks cute on you. Love ya!

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  25. I love that you took off and enjoyed some good old quality time together. Some of my favorite trips were "getting lost" on purpose as a family. The pictures of course are beautiful as ever, love the pic of the girls with the hoods up, and you and hubby with hoods up.

    Here is something funny...I love all your family pics...I have been spending all weekend trying to find a family picture of us for a school project. I don't have one! I am always the one behind the camera, and our last family picture was our Christmas pic from last year! Sad, hu! Thanks for the picture inspiration!

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  26. That's GREAT! I love doing spontanious things like that...although this TYPE A personality tends to plan way too much sometimes. My Honey just told me he wants to go away soon this fall and go somewhere in Northern MN, possibly Duluth?? Thanks for sharing!

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  27. How fun, I love doing stuff like that but my hubby is way too into planning things first!

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  28. duluth is definitely cool ... in both senses of the world. next time, extend your adventure farther north: two harbors, betty's pies, gooseberry falls, split rock lighthouse, lutsen, grand marais ... go all the way up! it is simply fabulous!! we take the kids to lutsen as often as we can (we're in the cities) for a long weekend, and we just unwind and enjoy and savor every moment of god's amazing world! and ... it's like a slice of maine's coast without the plane ticket! ;o)

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  29. what a beautiful road trip and chilly too....i'm so jealous!! glad you were able to have some sweet family time.
    ps..i loved out of the grey...what ever happened to them?

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  30. So fun!!!
    and it IS just beautiful!!
    What treasured memories you just made!
    Blessings!
    Jill

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  31. YOu have such a gorgeous family!! Good for you guys...

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  32. Hubby and I need to start being more spontaneous. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. Good job being spontaneous. It seems to be in our blood now. I just met a friend who moved here from Deluth. Thanks for letting me see a glimpse of it.

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  34. What a beautiful weekend! Looks like so much fun. I'm sure it will be one of the highlights of the year for your kids. Love your photos.
    -FringeGirl

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  35. I love spontaneous road trips, they are the best! You looks so pretty in every pic, I don't know how you do that! You are eating my favorite kind of ice cream too. Love the cute dog too :D

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  36. The whole trip
    looked yummy, including
    the ice cream!
    Being together,
    the beautiful
    {almost} fall sights....
    Did I say being
    together??
    xx Suzanne
    PS: Your pics are
    wonderful.

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  37. Good for you guys! That looks like such a fun and sweet trip...filled with great family time. God does take care of the details doesn't He! Your pictures are beautiful.

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  38. Old and cold. Honey had the rhyming thing going for him. However quaint and invigorating was also true. You did look cold. And I am not sure that ice cream was the best idea, even though it looked delish. Road trips are great, especially when you aren't sure exactly what you will find. It's all surprises. Big and Little Chick will remember this one forever. That is awesome. Just remember it is always colder on the lakes. But, yeah, fall is arriving. Of course, that is my favorite season. I love the changing leaves. If not for fall and winter, there could be no spring. Or summer. It is a perfect system. God just doesn't make mistakes.

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  39. Hey Becky! I was gone for a week at our Granny's with Ben's sisters and I SO missed blogging and reading your blog <3 I caught myself up and I loved this split-second decision vay-k you guys took! So fun. The pic of y'all infront of the water with little miss poochy was really cute. What a fun memory!

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  40. How fun! Looks like a great weekend! I can't believe its that cold anywhere already!!

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  41. Being spontaneous....how rare for you (not)...

    Your photos look a bit chilly - like its Christmas. Something tells me that its like Christmas in your family the whole year round. Just the weather was chilly. The rest seems warm and fuzzy.

    Good on ya Becky.

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  42. What a fun little getaway! Duluth is always cold. Have you been to Stillwater? Not an up north destination, but a very pretty place to visit :)

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  43. This is my first time here...and I love the creativity that oozes! And how fun your family is...I have a thing for old churches, too...so glad i stopped by...

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  44. WOW! How fun and what a great idea- just jump in the car and go! I want to do that too! Your family is gorgamous, thanks for sharing your road trip!

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  45. totally fun! Love the spontaneous road trip idea... we might ahve to do the same thing! :) we're all about new experiences these days!

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  46. Olay you have inspired me to be more spontaneous. You did and survived it and looks like it was an amazing time. I guess those are best times in life when we don't plan ahead :) Thanks for reminding me of that.

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  47. ohhhh you have brought it to my attention that my family needs a spontanious... lets go kind of trip!! Bravo to you and your cute family for living life!!! the ice cream looked soooo good
    xo,
    LuLu

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  48. I am READY for the cool/much cooler/slightly cold. Looks like a beautiful place to visit. What a fun idea to just up and go. I'm glad you had fun. I need to do this....

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  49. I love this post! I felt like I got to be spontaneous through you :) Also, I loved all the pics. Glad you had a fun time in the "old and cold" city ;) And it's always a little more fun when you're spontaneous like that.

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  50. I think what youu and your family did this past weekend was wonderful. Some times we just get caught up with doing the same old stuff. Good for you for doing something spontaneous. Even though it was cold it looks as though you all had a great time. I hope to do what you did very soon. :)

    mary

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  51. can i just say how i love your emails?? 1. i love mail. and 2. it's like you're blogging to me. :) haha. loved the pics!!

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  52. I hope you took the time to see Split Rock Lighthouse while you were up there...or Gooseberry Falls State Park. Both are GORGEOUS...and totally worth seeing. But..maybe in the summer when its a little warmer! ;o)

    ~mary~

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  53. Your little Fergie looks so cute in the picture.

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  54. You inspire me. Truly. I love your weekend get away. Love. Lve. Love. Those girls of yours are sooooo cute. I can't really take the cuteness.

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  55. At first I almost thought you were in my neck of the woods....but you were still a ways off... I'm surprised you found a place to stay - when we head to North Shore it always takes some planning they are usually filled up! And yes I agree most of the time pretty cool!

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  56. Looks like you had a fabulous time! I love old Churches as well, that one would be awesome to paint.~Chow Kim

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  57. What a fun trip! I so love the picture in the rear view mirror great shot! Plus the neighbors talking even if you didn't comment on it would speak for itself-loved it. So do you have your paints out yet- I am looking forward to that church picture.

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  58. We have done a few of those trips over the years... this year it was on Mothers Day weekend... and it is one of my favorite memories of the year!! We tend to be home bodies more than we should too... mostly b/c the hubby is quiet and homebody-ish... I have more "itches" to do fun things, explore and be spontaneous... when ever I nudge... and my man bites... he is always pleasantly surprised by the fun! ;) I love love old churches too... I have a great pic of a white one like that... with a wire full of birds sitting right in front of it... love love it!

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  59. i have family in duluth that tell me it is gorgeous. your pictures confirm it! i think it's time i visit my family! : ) what a fun dose of spontaneity... i could use some in my life! : ) somehow, though, two kids in diapers hold me back. ha! you had some sweet family time and made precious memories; what a special out-of-the-box weekend!

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  60. We have never done that! What a wonderful weekend!

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  61. Sounds fantastic!! what a fun weekend and to be spontaneous with an overnighter I love it! I think we are going to take our punk on a train for the 1st time this weekend!! yipee, he will love it! xo

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  62. Love Duluth!! We were up there for the tall ships in July. Duluth's Grill is a great place to eat with organic healthy foods:) I agree with going up north farther-beautiful!
    Raquel

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  63. Wow, what a great idea...just pack up and head out. Looks like fun was had by all, thanks for sharing :)

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  64. Some wonderful photos. Really loved the ones of you and the whole family caboodle and also the old buildings and the Crib photos. That church looks just like the little country church that I grew up in.

    It's so great that you and the family are doing the adventure thing together. These are memories you will all remember forever. My oldest daughter,her hubby and family do take a little road trip about once a month, but usually the kind you don't have to stay overnight at. But they have had the most fun together doing this.

    ♥ Lee Ann

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  65. i feel like i know you through these photos, and what a fun mom you are! i want to go on a trip right now. love that you seized the day. and thank you, for your words on my posts... you always encourage, friend. xo

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  66. What a great last minute trip! Duluth is a fun getaway in the summer. And you know, Seagulls always get their revenge on little boys in the end! At least one boy was pooped on that day. :>) Cheers~

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  67. I love spontaneous road trips or just spontaneous anything new. My husband and I used to do that alot before his job took him out of town all week. Now, we are just happy to be anywhere together. I love your photos. What a gorgeous family you have!I am your newest follower. I hope you can return the favor and stop by my blog. I am trying to reach a goal of 1000 followers by my birthday 9/25! Happy Mothering!
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  68. I lived in Duluth for a year (my first year of college) and think you and the hubs are both right... Old, cold, invigorating and quaint! It has such character, but it can be a bit dreary with all that lake weather.

    Now I'm off to figure out who 'Out of the Grey' is!

    http://www.farmergalsmarket.com

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  69. Okay, I have to comment on this post, I often check in with your blog but I grew up in Duluth and have lived in NW Montana for about 7 years now. But it is so funny to see someone's perspective going there for the first time! It has tons of character and there are so many fun old/historic houses there, Lake Superior and the Canal are so fun! And the beaches are great! Not California style or anything but they can be beautiful! Glad that you enjoyed your trip, it would be so fun to go there when the colors are changing and drive up the shore! I do miss Minnesota's autumn - you just can't beat it! Thanks for sharing your pics and experience and we can all agree that it is freezing there!

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  70. What a beautiful trip!! My parents owned some land on Lake Superior ~ when I grew up in Michigan. North is such beautiful country!

    Wow, I can't imagine feeling a "chill" ~ we are still in the mid 90's in Texas - crazy huh?

    Love all the pics you shared -

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  71. This post inspired me so much. When I hear your words it’s like a piece of my heart melts. When I first read this post I thought that is what I want to do! And I did. This post had changed me; I always read your blog log on everyday just to read it. As you would say you are my blog crush. After this post I made a change. I did something out of my normal routine and totally out of my comfort zone! I started a blog!! I put all my feelings out on the page and my heart skipped a beat when I pressed publish. It felt so good I know why you love it so much. After I posted my first one I got a call. And my life just fell right in to place. Everything I have been waiting on came up and everything just became perfect again. Thank you so much for being there for me when I was going through this hard time. It’s hard to think of you as a real person sometimes because you are my angel guiding me through the darkness and in to Gods light.

    Yours truly Tamara M

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  72. This post reminds me of how much I miss Minnesota! I grew up camping up north (not quite as far as Duluth though) and I love all of the trees, the lakes, and how peaceful it is. I however do NOT miss the mosquitos!
    Thanks for sharing these fabulous photos girlie,
    xx

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  73. Okay, this reminded me of my "1&1/2 winters" we lived in MN and how I would howl with laughter when all the locals talked about going up north for the weekend. HELLO! Didn't they know we were already UP NORTH!!! This Oklahoma gal kept telling them...;) We did take a few fun trips up to Duluth ourselves and really enjoyed it. I especially liked Split Rock Lighthouse and the park surrounding it.

    And oh how I used to love Out of the Grey. That's old school, right there...

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  74. So I just stumbled on this post - so cute!! I loved that first photo, hense why I clicked on your linky thing to read it - but then I loved all your photos here - and your girls - they look so little!! And I adore their freckles! I love spontanious road trips! Good for you guys!! Sorry but I don't have a great memory but did you ever end up painting a church yet?? Because if you haven't, I think it's about time!!! ;) :D

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