Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer at Cedar Rapids Lodge is Flying By!!

Wow!
Is July really coming to an end?  August will be full of families, fishermen and vacationers, but then comes September, then....WINTER!  AAGGHH!
July has been a great weather month with lots of sunshine, fishing, swimming, etc...I think I'll let the pictures tell the story...
Grandpa the Great is spending the summer with us...we are making memories!





And the fishing...oh my...the stories get better and the fish get bigger...





Families have gathered here since 1933 for reunions, vacations and fun times together!


And the children...the best part of owning a resort is watching kids have so much fun that they want to come back every year!  We watch them grow up...and have kids of their own!  We love kids...our own and all those little ones who sit at the counter every year spending their quarters!











Last week I even found time to sew...with my cousin! 

And this little girl(second granddaughter) celebrated her birthday at the resort!

Do you want to make memories with your family?  We still have some cabins open in August!  Visit our resort website HERE to see what cabins we have for your vacation!  You too can watch this...every night!
Hope your family gets to vacation somewhere this summer!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Cedar Rapids Lodge is Open!!

Okay...life at a resort is different every single day!  I think that's what we like about it...sort of like Minnesota weather...if you don't like it, just wait 10 minutes...
If you are doing something at the resort that is not your favorite...there will be 5 other chores that you will enjoy!!  Watching families as they drive in on Saturdays and greeting them...is just special!  They are so excited to finally be on vacation...and we get to share everybody's vacation with them!

So...it's busy right now, but I haven't written or shared any photos, so this post is a photo montage of our life so far in the 2015 resort season!

I made the yearly trek into the woods to put the 50+ elves & critters in their spots for the summer...
These guys had to go together this year...I think they are long-lost brothers!

Found lots of yellow ladyslippers along the trail...

This verse is hanging in the chapel in the woods...a reminder to listen...and find God everywhere!

The beauty of spring blooming in the woods!

Opening the resort means fishing season begins...and we're having a great season!
Calvin caught this giant northern off the dock Memorial weekend!

Ben came up with his family Memorial weekend and caught a lot of great fish!

Conrad's family arrived yesterday...he went fishing this morning at an area lake with his brother and caught this giant fish!  54 1/2 inch musky!  Wow!

The new resort season means new clothes...and we have some fun colors and styles for everyone!





Lots of "new" things at the resort...we also had a fun visit from this little girl and her parents...
She is the smartest & cutest little girl...do I sound like her Grandma??  Yep!

And oldest grandson, Will(holding the frame) is going to national competition in Chicago this week with his JBQ team!  Yay, Will!  Junior Bible Quiz kids are amazing...they know their bible facts and can beat most of us to the buzzer!  Good luck to your team, Will!  We'll be praying for all of you!!  We know you'll do your best!

That's all for now!  Maybe your family doesn't have a vacation planned this summer?  If so, give us a call!  We still have some great cabins open and your picture could be in the next blog post...or at least on the fish board in the lodge!
Happy Summer!









Tuesday, April 28, 2015

March into April...almost May!

     Oh my....where did the months go?  Life at a resort gets busy sometimes!  Life anywhere gets busy!  Perhaps we had nothing exciting to report?  Well...now we do!    The resort season will begin in 10 days and there's a lot going on these days....
     We had 4 visitors for a week before Easter...and we put them to work!  Is this child labor?  We hope not!  We just had a few acres of leaves to be raked...they were slow but we got it done!

     Resort work was going along pretty well until this hit last week....
We slowed down a little...and the snow didn't last long!  Guess we put the patio furniture out a little too early!
We continued our work inside and got the lodge cleaned and ready for the season... 
 Once the fryer is moved back into the kitchen, cooking in the lodge can't be far away!

One of our spring duties involves walking a 2 mile section and picking up the ditches....now this involves 3 different days of walking up and down and into the ditch to pick up all the litter dropped by crazy people!  Scary, but most of the litter picked up is beer cans!  Calvin came along on the last night and we did a nice job of getting his allergies flared but good!  He survived and we all had a good time!

Guests...take note of this new store open in Bemidji!  Believe it or not, I have only been there once...but I'll do my best to scout it out for all of you!

We celebrated Calvin's birthday last weekend...he's 11 and not the oldest grandchild!


Here he is with his oldest cousin...Will...before their big concert in Bemidji...I even got to go...the Newsboys...it was an awesome concert!
We were on our feet most of the night jumping, swaying, clapping and hands in the air...praising God with this amazing group!  Thanks for taking me, boys!


Progress continues at the resort on the Cedar Rapids Lodge mansion in the woods!  It's a little big for the two of us...and we're a couple of years from inhabiting it...but it will be fun!
Here's the view out the master bedroom to the lake...

Here's a peek at the master shower...pretty fancy!

 Kurt thought we needed some timber beams in the great room...and they are really cool!

 Here's a view of the road side...front of the house.  It can easily sleep 15 if needed!

Here's a lakeside view of the house & garage...still waiting for the deck and grading in the yard!

It was a beautiful evening tonight...we sat on the dock and watched a pair of loons coming into the shallows...a relaxing end to a busy day!

 Another view of the sunset tonight!


 In just 10 short days, we will greet our first guests and open the doors of the resort for the 2015 season!  We are excited...again...for our 28th year at this beautiful place!  We look forward to summer days like this...

And we love fish pictures!  This is my Dad several years ago with his big bass!  He had so much fun catching it...I miss this guy something terrible!  His birthday is next month...he's been gone 14 years and it doesn't seem possible!  I know he would have loved all our grandkids and they would have loved him!
 Memories....that's what we're famous for at the resort!  In 28 years, we have so many memories...and we look forward to another year of memories...with wonderful friends and family who will come and share their vacation with us this year!
Don't you need a vacation??