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Below is our memorial day weekend family story.
On Friday, Carter and dad planted his 3rd annual pumpkin patch. Watch for more on that soon.
On Saturday, the house monkeys ate a healthy-ish Cherrioh breakfast and we packed up our stuff, Grandma included, for a trip to the beach.
We found a place to dig at Glendalough State Park which is near Battle Lake, Minnesota. This beautiful park is non-motorized and has a huge, beautiful clean beach we love to frequent. This hidden gem is perfect for families and super affordable. For just $25 (plus gas and snacks) you can make this your beach spot all summer. Plus, the money supports Minnesota State Parks, which is a win-win, in my opinion.
We pulled the sand toys from storage for the little house monkeys. I use this bag to carry them all. It’s mesh so it let’s most of the sand out before I get to the van. Which is nice since we don’t like to bring the beach home with us. At least I don’t.
Cooper was watching his toy float away. He has no time for going after his own things. He’s pretty sure that’s Mac’s job.
These green seeds became a topic of conversation. Mac loves to ask what everything is and expects a complete report about it’s overall existence. I’m starting to make things up. I don’t know why this tree has green seeds or why there are so many. It just does. Grow up and study trees! Just kidding, I’m not losing my patience. I’ve got this.
Carter’s favorite thing to do at the lake is sift for hours through the sand and find the best rocks. When it’s time to go, he has a stash of the very best finds. Admittedly, one or two does come home from time-to-time. I guess we are taking the beach home, after all.
Cooper has no strategic thinking to his play. He explores, sees something and explores that. When you’re 3, it’s as it should be. Squirrel!
Look, fishies momma! More like, fishies food, but still fishies.
Mac’s my name and sand slingin’s my game. Watch out, I’m workin’ here.
WARNING: If you’re grossed out by dragonflies, keep scrolling.
The dragonflies were plentiful on Saturday so catching one wasn’t too hard. In fact, this one came right to my blanket and sat down. This is one bug I don’t really mind touching, so long as I can pass it off quickly to Carter to inspect. Carter enjoys watching their wings flap. If the wings stop flapping, he blows on them until they start up again. That is exactly what he is doing in the photo above. This could go on for a half hour or so. Usually, until the dragonfly goes to a better place.
Time to eat and fight over food. Yay!
Grandma was thinking when she packed treats, but the popsicle was a little melty. Kids don’t care.
We found snails and shells. We packed them in the bag because obviously they are amazing.Whoops. Son a gun.
Finding dragonflies. There were probably a hundred in the tree above them.
You can’t see them in this picture, but it’s too pretty not to share.
Post-Cheetohs, you’re welcome. Seriously, undoubtedly the happiest kid in the world.
The last Glendalough beach picture to share is the best one and here’s why. Getting up this little hill is a somewhat challenging for the boys. It’s much easier with a helping hand. Cooper got up from the blanket with Grandma and went to help Mac. Cooper is stubborn as the day is long, but he’s also 100% sweetheart and loves his brothers.
This is how crazy our Saturday night was. Mackie loves to cut paper. We have a pile of construction paper just for cutting. He makes confetti if anyone needs some. It’s a $1 per bag. Kidding, kind of.
Waldo glasses and all. The adorableness is extra.
On Sunday we went to church and afterwards they were starving. Which helps them actually eat lunch. Pancakes are a fave for these little house monkeys so I whipped some up. This one was so full and happy that he let out a howl afterwards. I’ll take that as a compliment. I can combine the mix and water in my KitchenAid mixer like it’s nobody’s business… I poured the syrup too!
Seriously, he licked the plate… and this one normally eats like a bird. I don’t even know how he weighs anything.
Dad decided to help the boys work on their whiffle ball skills. Yes, he’s using a fishing pole in lieu of a tee. It worked pretty well!
This is actual footage of the ‘Mac Attack’. If looks could kill, he would have had a home run. But there’s a good chance he missed. I don’t actually remember.
Monday was Memorial Day, a beautiful day to remember those who proudly served for our freedom. We celebrated with family and food on Jewett Lake. We bought a pontoon recently and we were looking forward to taking the kids on a lake day adventure.
Someone had the opportunity to spend some time with his Grandpa. Carter can’t get enough of this guy.
While learning what all the buttons do and what some don’t do, we found a place to explore for a little while.
This photo was taken just prior to a complete meltdown. Don’t be fooled by the beautiful smile and innocent gesture. Shortly after this incident, Cooper crashed hard on the pontoon. Too many gummy bears and grapes maybe.
Grandma made sloppy joes and potato salad. It was a great way to end a day of sunshine. What did you do for Memorial Day weekend? Comment below!
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