Friday, August 1, 2014

Family...Fun...Excitement at Cedar Rapids Lodge!

     Summer at Cedar Rapids Lodge has been awesome!  The weather is beautiful, the fish are biting, but the most important part of our summer is that Grandpa the Great has been here for most of it!
We're blessed to have him...and our grandkids love him!  He mows, he chats with the guests, he's the king of crossword puzzles...and he even catches a fish once in awhile!

We just finished a very busy 2 weeks, but such a fun time with lots of relatives here...grandson Calvin had a carpetball tournament and it was a huge success!
Baby George got caught practicing before the tournament!

Eli celebrates his first win in the preliminaries!

Henry works his magic on his ball toss!

Eli can't look when his brother is competing!

Love this picture!  Shaking hands after their match!

And...the winner is...Anna!  She got a milkshake and she was so excited!

We had the annual "Margie's Fish Fry" on Thursday aunt fries the fish(with a little help) and we all meet for dinner.  Debbie always orders a cake and this year we celebrated 3 new guests in the family... their vacation memories start and Piper was only 2 weeks old!  It was baby heaven at the resort with all of them here for 2 weeks!

Earlier in the week, my cousin and her daughters helped the kids tie dye their own t-shirts...
And now I have a new photo for the 2015 brochure!!  We might have to make this a new kids' activity...if my cousins will come every week and help with the craft!

Now it's August 1st...the weather is beautiful...we still have some wonderful families coming in August and September to vacation with us!  While we keep busy with all the resort activity, we are drawing up plans to build a lake home for our "retirement"....with absolutely no plan to quit our day jobs!!  Here's the progress so far...
The landscape is being shaped for a home with a walkout basement...and you can see the beautiful sunset from this view too!

We took Steve's Dad over last night to see the work so far...I love this picture of Steve walking with his Dad up the incline where the house will sit....very soon!

In the meantime...we continue our summer season, providing vacations for all the great families who will come yet this year...and plan new projects around the resort for the 2015 season!
And....we never tire of this view each and every evening!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Family Vacations at Cedar Rapids Lodge!

     Wow...summer weather has finally hit northern Minnesota!  We are happy about that...and so are the guests!  We think the pictures can tell the story....
Benny picked up his walleye mount from last summer's catch...32" fish!

This youngest grandbaby has discovered the ice cream cones in the lodge!  
She likes them!

The water whoosh has continued to be the favorite vacation toy of the summer!

The rain & sunshine has "bloomed" all the plants at the resort!

Frog hunting just never gets old!

Grandpa the Great is one of the favorites at the resort this summer!

Homemade chocolate chip ice cream cookie sandwiches are popular this week!

The 4th of July parade was a fun activity for all the kids!

The summer skies are beautiful every single day!

Berry picking was yummy!

The guests even offer to give the dog a bath!

Love the tiger lilies in bloom!

 Finally got in the woods to see the pink ladyslippers...our state flower!

The grandkids are starting to earn their milkshakes around here!

Griffin Family from Minnesota

The tacky fence decor!

Our welcome sign at the resort 

Livvy posing on the mermaid rock!

The summer potlucks continue every Monday night...a great time of fellowship!

Our pie hostess...and she helped clean up for everyone!  Thanks, Eva!

Summer was cool...look it up!

Jilly & Calvin in the pool...


What else do you do on a hot summer day?

Nathan shared with all the!

This is the second year that these kids have cleaned the pirate ship!

This ship was full of sand!

And their reward was a milkshake!  Thank you Brian, Juicy & Q!

Calli loved posing and picking the flowers!


My Uncle Keith(Poppy) and his great grandson, Henry, playing mini golf.


Cousins getting ready to fish and spend the day together!

Her Daddy is a Cub fan...she thinks he's funny!

Do you see all the fun we have?  Do you need a vacation?  We still have a few cabins open in August...the warmest time of the summer!  Give us a call or check out our website!  
We'd love to share your vacation with you!  And help you make memories year after year.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Memory Makin...

   We are in the beginnings of our summer season...and as I search for the photos, this one reminds me of our first year here and the whole reason we moved our family up here!  That little boy didn't see enough of his Daddy his first 3 years...but he made up for it in the years since then!
    I wish all my kids & grandkids lived close, but we are blessed to have 3 young ones living in Bemidji and they are frequent visitors...

    Nate and Jill were here on Monday and helped make the chocolate pies for potluck dessert!

This week was Jill's turn to stay overnight at the resort...and she had some pretty special time with Grandpa the Great!  A bedtime story and breakfast together the next morning!  Such memories!!

We're dealing with some high water this week...the kid docks at the beach had to be rebuilt after the high water floated them loose!  The rain has been a frequent visitor...trying not to complain at this point!

The new Water Whoosh is a hit!  I've had so many kids and parents comment on how much fun they are having with it!  Funny, no one comments on how fun the new septic system is!  It cost a lot more than the Whoosh!!  Oh well...

And the fishing this!

 Needless to's been a great month of fishing!  Even the lodgemaster caught 4 walleyes last night!!

And to top off our week, this little girl is coming to visit on Friday!  We can't wait!