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Meadow Jane Goes to the Cottage

We decided to take a few days off and head to the cottage.

We made it as far as Lindstrom before babycakes was ready to eat again.

I decided that we should get some snacks for the road, but first I had to get some cash. While Brooke fed the little one I went for a walk.

Since we left "early" Scott didn't have anything to eat and since we had to stop anyway he picked us up some donuts. 

Oh come on! You're complaining about donuts! We also had nothing to eat in the house.

I wasn't complaining.

We had to make another stop for Meadow halfway there. This time we were hungry for lunch.

We've driven on US 8 a hundred times by now, but we've never really run into a decent restaurant. It's seems like all these towns only have Subways. 

This time around we made a little effort and found the Eastern Chinese Restaurant in Ladysmith. It's one of the bigger cities along the route and should have guessed there was something decent. I got two to-go buffets-in-a-box and a side of presumable-MSG.

We got up to cottage around 4 or 5 and realized we needed more diapers.

I went to the grocery store in Three Lakes and got some Luvs. We're not classy enough for Huggies. I also picked up some Capital Brewery beer thinking Brooke might get a chance to take a swig.

My parents always have food that we never have in our house. Sometimes we get excited for sugary snacks. 

Coca-Cola has such a weird flavor when you only drink it four times a year.

We took Meadow down for her first view of the lake. 

She definitely has my squinty eyes. 

Scott let her test out the water.

She was a good sport and didn't even cry.


It's hard not to take a million pictures of this beautiful babe.

Parrot baby.

I made my famous meatballs for dinner since we brought up a jar of crap sauce.

How Scott bonds with his daughter.

Or how Brooke feeds her baby. She's sleeping!

I decided to make pancakes for breakfast.

I took Meadow to say Good Morning to the lake. 

Meadow was not impressed.




We tried to get her to nap on the beach. She wasn't having it. 

The water was too cold for my chilly bones. Scott is always braver then me. 

My lunch vs Scott's lunch. 

I had the leftovers if you must know.

We found a bag of pre mix cookie dough in the cupboard. They did not look like the photo on the bag. 


Whenever Meadow would get fussy Scott would take her outside and show her the little toads all over the yard. 

Can you find the toad. It's like Where's Waldo.

It works look how happy she is. 

Meanwhile I gave our car a much needed bath. 

While I took random photos.

My mom heard we were coming and had a few days off so she came up to spend time with her favorite grandbaby.

We needed a side for our dinner. Good thing there was a box of "Rice on the Side". 

I noticed a box of vhs tapes my parents brought up. Among them was a home video from when we were kids. I asked my mom to bring up more. I can't wait to show these to Meadow when she's older. 

Its nice to have another person around to hold Meadow. I get to take a break and she gets to spend time with her Gi-Gi. 
                                                                                            
Gi-Gi is good at getting her to sleep too.


This time Scott took her to say Good Morning to the lake. 


Just a "You the Man Cool Vest." Trademark goes to Mr. Mike.

I was bored and decided to get on windy kayak ride. It was kind of boring by myself.

Meadow was smiling at us all day.

This spider was not.

I always get a Wisconsin beer when up north. This time it was Mutiny IPA.


Meadow and I did some play time together while Scott worked on dinner.

Ha the burger plate looks like a smiley face.

We had Jucy Lucys for diner with black beans and oven fries.




After dinner I took some photos of all the moses and shrooms.

After dinner it was time for dessert, s'mores. 

I decided to make one out of a cookie instead.


Meadow wasn't impressed by her first fire.

Nice shot Scott.

Thanks.

Not a baby toad.

These guy showed up on the dock while taking my night shot above.

My mom asked Scott to mow the lawn. It was also his turn to hold baby.

Scott's right kayaking isn't as fun by yourself. Or maybe I've been around this lake so many times I'm bored with it. 

I made skillet tamales for dinner after my third trip to the grocery store for odds and ends.

Momma Gail eating healthy.

My mom picked up right away how to get Meadow to sleep, by taking a walk.

Brooke slept in on our last morning.


I attempted to entertain the hungry bugger.

Did we mention we want to sell our house and live in her on the road?

Her? I din't know the airstream was a girl.

This dream must be fulfilled in the next few years. I'd like Meadow to be old enough to remember.

As we were driving home Scott mentioned he wanted to start taking photos of small town post offices. I said, What about old elementary schools turned into firework stores?"

Weird place.


We were hungry for lunch. We were going to stop at the Asian restaurant in Ladysmith again when we discovered a Mexican place on an off street. Meadow behaved herself the whole time. 

I love Mexican restaurants tucked into Napa Auto Parts.

After Meadow had lunch we were on our way. 

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