Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015...New Year....New House!

       So....this is the new project at Cedar Rapids Lodge!!  We started with a foundation in the summer of 2014 and now it's January 2015 and a lot has changed since the concrete trucks pulled in!  This is the view of the lakeside of the house...standing on the frozen shoreline!  There will be a deck off the main level and a patio on the ground floor/basement area.
        Our contractor and crew have worked...on and off...this fall and winter to reach our goal of completion by summer of 2015!  We think there might be a family group...or two...who are looking for a vacation spot for their family reunion in 2015.
       This is the front view of the garage...Kurt is a detail guy and really wanted this overhang on the break up the wall.  He's our carpenter for the resort...we knew him when he wasn't famous and so much in demand!  So now we have to share him and sometimes wait for him!!
        Here's some recent highlights in the's a 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, with a 4 season porch and a bonus room above the garage...dream sewing room!
The living room wall of windows overlooking the lake...this wall will be wood as well as the ceiling.
The other end of this room is the kitchen area...Steve and Mark are drawing up the cupboards...yes, I'm there supervising!
 This is the wall above the will be a wood wall with wood ceiling in the living area.
 This is the porch area off the living will have wood whitewashed walls.
 We had the spray insulation put into the house wherever possible.  It will make a huge difference in heating and cooling the house!
The open stairway to the basement...I think I'll opt for a different railing!
This is the stairway from the basement view...going up to the main level.
 The "room" under the stairs...any ideas??  Reading nook?  Game area for kids?
 The basement dorm room that will hold 6-8 twin beds.
The loft room above the garage...600 square feet!
That's the progress thru mid-January 2015.  The guys have worked outside in -20 temps, putting up siding and trim...
The drywall is hung...the mud and taping guys will come in the next week or two...then we can start painting!
More pictures to come! 
We decided to drive out on the lake today to see what the house looked like from afar...sitting on public access, driving onto the lake...a first for me in the truck!!
And here's a view of the house from a snowy day on the lake!  Wow!
If you are coming this summer, we'll give you the grand tour while you're here.  If you know a family that might be interested in renting the house, share this with them!  
We still have some great cabins open for the spring, summer and fall...let us know if we can share your vacation with you!!  It's a vacation that will provide memories for many years to come!
Happy 2015!!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Busy December!

I'm sure for most of us December is one of the busiest months of the year!  Baking...decorating...Christmas  Now we sit on the last day of 2014, celebrating this year and the years to come!  Thank goodness we have pictures to remind us of the fun times...sometimes it's a blur!
We started the month with snow, but in a very rare occurrence, there is no snow for Christmas!

Our church has a Cookie Walk every December...and we(both of us) bake for it!

And everyone of these goodies along with all the other baked donations from our church family were gone in less than 2 hours!

We were privileged to watch these two munchkins sing in their Christmas program!

We enjoyed Christmas Eve services at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie with Sam & Roz & their family.

We will all gather at our home this I decorated!  As I always do!
Kitchen tree...
My Mom's Christmas Village...

Our tree...flocked, just like my Dad did theirs each year! Only he sprayed a real tree!

I started a tradition several years ago of giving each of my girls ornaments with their kids pictures in them...sometimes it's a group photo, sometimes individual...they treasure them!

We also visited this special lady!  A bittersweet visit, but we took her a picture of our first potluck with them...when we bought this beautiful place from them!  God surely had a hand in this! 

Have to share some pictures of the progress on our "retirement" home!  It's almost insulated and ready for drywall...then wood ceiling...our carpenter says it will be done this spring!
Here's the room above the garage...future sewing studio!

 The steps in the garage leading into the house...we will build a ramp at the front porch for handicap accessibility.

The stairs in the garage leading up to the "studio"!

Just had to share one of the painted windows for our favorite restaurant...Turtle River Chop House!

Finally...Papa doing what he's done for the past 12 years with the grandkids...reading!  The little ones just run to the hallway, get their book and find Papa...and he never says no!  Calli has already found his lap!

A blessed Christmas season to all of you...and a Happy New Year!  
Oh, the memories...
Me and 2 of my brothers on Santa's lap in 1957!
To be continued in 2015!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Journey from Blackduck to the Capitol!

     So....yesterday we decided to drive into Blackduck to share in the excitement!  When you drive to the school and see this...
And this....
On a normal day, you would be alarmed!  Not yesterday...the nation's Capitol Christmas Tree was in town!  The semi made a stop in Blackduck before heading on it's cross country journey to Washington D.C.  The tree was cut from the Chippewa Forest just south of Blackduck.  This is big time for a small community like Blackduck!!  You don't often see these guys guarding a tree...
They took their job very seriously! And it seemed the entire community was there!  The band played...
Even Smokey the Bear showed up!
 The semi was beautifully painted to tell the story of it's journey...this is painted on the side of the cab...

And here's the trailer holding the famous tree!  The back part had windows so you could see the tree, partially decorated for it's journey!
There were ladders placed near the trailer so the kids could climb up and sign their name...
3 of our grand kids go to Blackduck school...and daughter, Jen, is a she is with her class.
Jillian, 5, is in her Mommy's class and she got to sign her name...
Nathan, second grade enjoyed seeing the firetruck and police...and thought the guards might be from the "Chips" show!  Here he is with his friend, Detective Flann...
When Nathan heard the Capitol tree was coming to his school, he wanted to know if the President was coming...we said no, but the Mayor would be there...then he got really excited!
And had to get his picture taken with him!  That Mayor doesn't realize that he made Nathan's day!!
Just small town...but we sure love this small town!

God speed, Christmas Tree...go and represent our small community with big hearts...and really big trees...minus one!