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!


Friday, May 2, 2014

Honor Flight

      This week we traveled to Peoria, Illinois, to welcome Steve's Dad home!  John is a WWII veteran...93 years young!  Here's an early photo of John...
He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Long Island.  
Here's John with his brother, Bill...they served at the same time!

John flew out of Peoria at 5:30am last Tuesday with Steve's brother, Bruce.  There were about 75 veterans who participated in the Honor Flight, along with their traveling sponsors/chaperones.  They were presented with this itinerary...
 A full day for an average person, but a very full day for some of these veterans!

We arrived at the airport at about 8pm that evening to welcome the group on their arrival at 9:30pm...If you have never participated in this event, you need to look one up in your area and go to the airport!  The crowds were unbelievable for these veterans...
This is the archway that the veterans came through when they arrived home...

This is just some of the people who showed up to thank the travelers!

Even the bagpipers were there to welcome them!

My cousin, Jackie, sister-in-law, Nancy, and me with our signs to welcome John!

Carol & Al Oliver were there to cheer on the troops!

And here's our Navy guy with his 3 kids!  He looks great after such a long day!

Steve and I with John!

I cannot even express my emotion standing in that room, watching all the veterans parade by...half of them in wheelchairs...and we tried to shake each and everyone of their hands and thank them for their service!  Most of the veterans were WWII soldiers, but there were some Vietnam War vets too...I shook hands with one and he said later that this evening was the greatest appreciation he had received since he came home from Vietnam!  We were so honored to greet all these was a very emotional evening and one I'm so glad we went back for!  Steve's Dad did not know we would be there and it was fun to surprise him!

Now we want to go!  The Honor Flights are held all over the Minnesota they fly out of Duluth and the Twin Cities...we would love to accompany a veteran to Washington D.C....

And perhaps I could accompany this husband!
Steve with Jen on his last day of service at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma!  
He was drafted in the last draft of the Vietnam War...he served 2 years!

So...if you know a veteran...thank them for their service!  They made lots of sacrifices, time away from family, and because of our veterans, we can live free...
God Bless America!