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 year...so far...wow!




 Needless to say...it'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 soldiers...it 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 country...in 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 veteran....my 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!
 
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Are You Going on Vacation This Summer??

This blog is titled with the name of our resort, but I also write about my family, my hobbies and my interests.  Sometimes I realize I haven't written about Cedar Rapids Lodge for a long time...so here goes!

We are ready for this...
Fishing....
and Fishing...
and More Fishing!

The Heated Pool...
and Fun in the Heated Pool!

Training your Minnow for the Minnow Races!

Fun on the Paddleboards...

and...Falling off the Paddleboard!

4th of July Parade through the Woods...

Making Bubble Blowers for Kids' Activities...

The Playground...a Place for Imagination and Adventure!

Getting new Vacation Gear!

Taking a Ride in the Golf Cart with the Resortmom aka Nana...

Bonfires on the Beach with S'mores
(new bonfire area in 2014!)

Ordering a Pizza in the Lodge so Mom doesn't have to Cook on Vacation!

Lining up Cousins on the Beach for the Cutest Photo Ever!!

Enjoying Sunsets on the Lake....

If you have never been to Cedar Rapids Lodge, this might be your year!  We still have some great cabins open for the 2014 season...we also recently updated our website, so check it out HERE.  There are new pictures, new stories, lots of photos of cabin interiors...and you can click on cabin availability to see what cabins are open when you need them!  

We hope to see you this year at Cedar Rapids Lodge!  

















Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hot Mat Tutorial

This is a tutorial for a hot pad for your table...it is several layers thick, so it's not pliable to use as a hot pad for the oven...it's to set hot plates or bowls on at the table or counter after you take them out of the microwave or oven.  I'm making them for every cabin this year.  I'll sew a ribbon on one corner and hang them in the kitchen area.  We have nice wood tables in some of our cabins and they continue to get "white" spots from a hot dish being set directly on the wood.  I'm hoping the addition of these cute pads will encourage the guests to use them!

I cut my fabrics 9" square for each mat...you need six 9" squares of fabric...2 different coordinating fabrics to create the pattern on top.  The batting is insulbright...it is a layer of filling that has a foil-like middle to repel the heat so the table doesn't overheat.  The bottom fabric is muslin, since that will end up on the inside of the mat and won't ever be seen....

I used 2 blue 9" squares and 2 red paisley 9" squares...fold each one in half and press a nice crease.  Pick one of those colors to use as the "bottom" of the mat...and layering from the bottom...muslin, insulbright, "bottom" color, 2 blue pressed and laid together with folds touching in the center and 2 red paisley squares, pressed and laid together on top of the blue with folds touching in the center...you pick up one edge of the red and pull the blue over top of it...if you look closely at the picture above, the top red color is laying horizontal, with blue laying over the left side of the red fabric...the bottom red will be laid back so it shows on the lower left side...
Stitch about 1/2" seam all around the mat...do not leave an opening...the top center where the folded fabrics come together will serve as the spot to reach your fingers in and flip the fabric right side out!  Clip the points off all 4 corners to eliminate bulk when you turn the fabric right side out.

This photo shows the mat after it has been turned right side out...if you peeked inside the center you would see the muslin fabric that was laid on the bottom of the pile before we stitched everything.  I use a point turner...a dowel rod that my hubby sharpened to a point for me.  I poke the corners gently so the dowel doesn't push clear through and make a hole...just gently to make a nice looking point on each corner...

At this point, I sew a decorative stitch down the center on both sides to seal the folded fabric...less chance for food to get into the folds...

I finish up the mat with a top stitching on the edge of the mat...on all sides.  It just looks nice and makes the mat lay flat.

Here's the finished hot pad/mat with a piece of ribbon on the back for hanging...I made the mats 9" square because I can get 4 strips out of a yard and at least 4 squares out of each strip...with a yard of 2 coordinating fabrics, you can make plenty of these mats...if you don't own a resort they would make nice gifts...
I think my guests will like them!  And my tables will be protected!  

I have made this pattern for years with 4" or 5" squares for coasters...a set of 4 tied together with a pretty ribbon or jute make a great gift.  If I've totally confused you with my directions...check out this http://craftinomicon.blogspot.com/2011/10/tutorial-fabric-coasters.html and it should help with the directions! 
Have fun sewing!